Apple has announced the finalists for its 2023 App Store Award finalists. Chosen by the App Store editorial team, the Cupertino-based tech giant has picked several apps and games spanning across 10 different categories.
Apple said the “selected apps and games have helped users flex their creativity, challenge themselves, and have fun with family and friends.” Here are the 2023 App Store Award finalists in each category.
iPhone app of the year finalists
AllTrails – an app that acts as a companion and guide for outdoor adventures.
Duolingo – the popular app that helps users learn new languages on the go.
Flighty – an app that helps stay updated about flights.
iPhone game of the year finalists
Afterplace – an open-world indie adventure role-playing game that is full of hidden secrets and creatures.
Honkai: Star Rail – a space fantasy role-playing game with tactical combat and cinematic animation.
Vampire Survivors – a time survival RPG where you take on endless hordes of demons.
iPad app of the year finalists
Concepts – an easy-to-use vector-based sketchbook that helps convert conceptual ideas to reality.
DaVinci Resolve – a software that helps with both video editing and colour correction.
Prêt-à-Makeup – digital face chart notepad that features several tools that help you create realistic-looking faces and try different types of makeup.
iPad game of the year finalists
Eggy Party – a fun game where you play as a cute egg and break through different obstacles.
Lost in Play – a puzzle adventure game where you help a brother and sister find their way home.
Pocket City 2 – a sequel to the popular 3D game that involves creating a city of your dreams from scratch.
Mac app of the year finalists
Linearity Curve Graphic Design – design software that helps users create engaging social media posts, brand visuals, print materials and more.
Photomator – a free photo editor that offers different tools for enhancing, retouching and managing photos.
Portal – a productivity app that uses a combination of technologies to enhance focus and creativity.
Mac game of the year finalists
ELEX II – a post-apocalyptic open-world RPG sci-fi game with an interactive world where your every action has a consequence.
Lies of P – a game where you play as a puppet and uncover the secrets of the city of Krat.
Return to Monkey Island – a classic point-and-click adventure game where you have to solve puzzles and fight old and new friends and enemies.
Apple Watch app of the year finalists
Planny – an intelligent planner app that reminds users to complete tasks by organizing them into lists.
SmartGym – a workout tracking app that eliminates the need for a phone.
Tide Guide – designed for water lovers who want to stay updated about tide levels.
Apple TV app of the year finalists
Bugsnax – a cute adventure game where capture cute mysterious creatures and feed them to friends.
FitOn – a workout app that helps you lose weight and get fit with free exercise videos.
MUBI – an app that helps you find, stream and download movies from iconic and emerging artists.
Apple Arcade game of the year finalists
Cityscapes – a classic city-building simulation game that gets you thinking.
Hello Kitty Island Adventure – an open-world adventure game that lets you team up with others to discover secrets and make friendships.
Stitch – a casual puzzle game where the main objective is to fill in level areas with no gaps.
Cultural Impact finalists
balance – an app aimed at making menopause support inclusive and accessible to everyone.
Copilot – a personal finance tracking app that makes spending and tracking investments easier.
Endling – a 3D side-scrolling adventure game that gives players a glimpse of how humans have destroyed the very planet we live in.
Finding Hannah – the light-hearted dramatic story of a family that involves three generations of women.
How to Say Goodbye – a narrative puzzle game where you play as a ghost.
Pok Pok – an app for kids that is full of creative activities that help them learn, explore and experiment via gameplay.
Proloquo – an app designed that uses Augmentative and Alternative Communication to help those who are unable to speak.
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Rebel Girls – an inspirational app that helps kids wind down for bedtime, learn about amazing real women and widen their horizons.
Too Good To Go – an app that helps users fight food wastage.
Unpacking – a game that involves block-fitting puzzles as well as home decoration.