Threes, Monument Valley honoured by Apple

Apple has named its Game of the Year list for 2014, suggesting that mobile gamers are fond of timesucking puzzlers, while holding a healthy respect for stunning graphics, innovative gameplay and creative ideas.

The big award goes to Threes, which really needs no introduction – if you’ve been anywhere near a mobile device over the past 12 months, you’ll have seen this one. (It’s also now available for Xbox One, as it happens!)

Runner-up for best game was Leo’s Fortune, which I still have not quite gotten around to playing, but keep meaning to.

Best iPad game was given to Monument Valley, which looks beautiful on the tablet’s larger display.

Threes

Threes

It’s great to see people rewarding creative indie games in these Best Of lists, but when it comes time to look at the numbers, it’s a very different story. The best-selling paid game was also the best-selling paid App: Minecraft: Pocket Edition (surprise!); but the highest grossing game was addictive match-three title Candy Crush Saga.

Here’s the 2014 Best Of games results:
Game of the YearThrees (Sirvo)
Runner UpLeo’s Fortune (1337 & Senri)
Best iPad GameMonument Valley (ustwo)

Best Games (editorial selection)

  • Monument Valley (ustwo)
  • Hitman Go (Square Enix)
  • Ruzzle Adventure (MAG Interactive)
  • Battleheart Legacy (Mika Mobile)
  • 80 Days (inkle)
  • World of Warriors (Mind Candy)
  • XCOM: Enemy Within (2K)
  • Rules (TheCodingMonkeys)
  • Smash Hit (Mediocre)
  • Spellfall – Puzzle Adventure (Backflip)
  • Spider-Man Unlimited (Gameloft)
  • Wayward Souls (Rocketcat)
  • Trials Frontier (Ubisoft)
  • Adventure Beaks (GameResort)
  • FarmVille 2: Country Escape (Zynga)
  • Retry (Rovio)
  • Micromon (Pocket Trend)
  • Rival Knights (Gameloft)
  • Godus (DeNA)
  • Crazy Taxi (Sega)
  • The Sailor’s Dream (Simogo)
  • Bicolor (1Button)
  • Royal Revolt 2 (Flaregames)
  • Alone (Laser Dog)
  • Fononica (Santa Ragione)

Top Paid

  • Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  • Heads Up
  • Football Manager Handheld 2014
  • Cut the Rope 2
  • Plague Inc

Top Grossing

  • Candy Crush Saga
  • Clash of Clans
  • Game of War – Fire Age
  • Farm Heroes Saga
  • Pet Rescue Saga

The full list from Apple covers all sorts of topics, and can be found on iTunes.

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