Apple has revealed the category winners for the Australian App Store charts for 2020 as determined by the App Store editors who played and tested the most promising to come up with these lists.
It’s been a year where apps have been more important than ever to keep up connected and entertained and informed.
Best Of winners will each receive a newly designed award precision milled from a recycled aluminium alloy with diamond cut edges.
These award-winning apps and games, created by innovative developers, showed us new ways to communicate, stay well and find joy in an unprecedented year.
iPhone App Of The Year: Wakeout!
Why we love it: Wakeout! helped us find the time—and the will—to keep moving, with easy exercises that made the most of life at home.
iPhone Game Of The Year: Genshin Impact
Why we love it: The open-world RPG freed gamers to explore a massive realm filled with colourful monsters and earthshaking titans, all brought to life with cutting-edge visual effects.
Apple Watch App Of The Year: Endel
Why we love it: Blurring the lines between music and wellness, this boundary-breaking app put an endlessly comforting—and deeply personalised—soundscape right on our wrist.
iPad App Of The Year: Zoom
Why we love it: With incredible ease of use and rock-solid reliability, Zoom went from business-conferencing app to where life just happens.
iPad Game Of The Year: Legends of Runeterra
Why we love it: Set in the hugely popular League of Legends universe, this collectible card game stood out by turning each match into a contest of wits and savage strikes.
Arcade Game Of The Year: Sneaky Sasquatch
Why we love it: As a charming Big Foot living in the woods in this exploration game, your goal is to stay well fed—and get into a little mischief. It’s a welcome (and reliably hilarious) escape for the whole family.
Mac App of the Year: Fantastical
Why we love it: This must-have calendar app made it easier to collaborate and navigate our new world of remote meetings and video chats.
Mac Game of the Year: Disco Elysium
Why we love it: Gritty, gorgeous, and deeply contemplative, the role-playing game Disco Elysium is a breathtaking meditation on systemic inequities, tough choices, and what makes us who we are.
Apple TV Game of the Year: Dandara Trials of Fear
Why we love it: Inspired by Dandara dos Palmares, a real-life warrior who fought to end slavery in colonial Brazil, this action-packed platformer’s gravity-defying gameplay literally turns your world upside down.
APP TRENDS OF 2020
Trend of the Year: Helpfulness
Reinventing Play: Pokémon GO
Pokémon GO is the global gaming sensation that has been downloaded over 1 billion times and empowers Pokémon trainers to discover Pokémon through AR as they explore the world around them. Niantic has made significant shifts in 2020 to ensure players could play from wherever they are and to keep them socially connected and engaged
Connecting Families: Caribu: Video Calls Kids Love
Why we love it: When the pandemic struck, Caribu became a kid-friendly (and kid-safe) way for little ones to chat, read, and play games with family members far away.
Practicing Self-Care: Shine: Calm Anxiety & Stress
Why we love it: The meditation app kept inclusivity and representation at the centre of mental and emotional health.
Leading Classrooms: Explain Everything Whiteboard
Why we love it: The interactive digital whiteboard facilitated a lively back-and-forth in the virtual classroom.
Making a Difference: ShareTheMeal
Why we love it: ShareTheMeal was an incredibly easy way to help the hundreds of millions of people around the world facing food insecurity.
APP CHARTS 2020 – AUSTRALIA
Top Free iPhone Apps
6. Coronavirus Australia
8. WhatsApp Messenger
16. Google Maps
17. Uber Eats
18. mymacca’s Ordering & Offers
19. Microsoft Teams
Top Paid iPhone Apps
- WikiCamps Australia
2. The Wonder Weeks
3. Sezzy Timer
4. Procreate Pocket
5. TripView – Sydney & Melbourne
7. Forest – Stay focused
8. Monash University FODMAP diet
9. AutoSleep Track Sleep on Watch
10. Rain Parrot
12. Pocket Secure
13. The Resilience Project
14. VIC Fires
15. QLD Fires
18. Mirror for Samsung TV
20. Sky Guide
GAME CHARTS 2020 – AUSTRALIA
Top Apple Arcade Games
- Sonic Racing
2. Skate City
3. Hot Lava
4. PAC-MAN Party Royale
5. Oceanhorn 2
6. Sneaky Sasquatch
7. WHAT THE GOLF?
8. LEGO Brawls
9. Crossy Road Castle
11. Frogger in Toy Town
12. Mini Motorways
13. SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit
14. LEGO Builder’s Journey
15. Rayman Mini
17. Butter Royale
20. Speed Demons
Top Free iPhone Games
- Among Us!
2. Subway Surfers
3. Brain Out
4. Call of Duty: Mobile
5. Woodturning 3D
6. Brain Test: Tricky Puzzles
8. Tangle Master 3D
10. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game
11. Ink Inc. – Tattoo Drawing
12. Mario Kart Tour
13. Cube Surfer!
14. 8 Ball Pool
16. Park Master
17. BitLife – Life Simulator
18. Draw Climber
19. Gardenscape 20 UNO
Top Paid iPhone Apps
2. Plague Inc.
4. Heads Up! – Trivia on the go
5. Bloons TD 6
6. True Skate
7. Geometry Dash
8. Bloons TD 5
9. Cluedo: The Official Edition
10. Terraria 11. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
12. Papa’s Freezeria To Go!
13. Farming Simulator 20
14. Rebel Inc.
15. NBA 2K20
16. Pocket Build
17. Stardew Valley
18. Exploding Kittens
19. Earn to Die 2 20. The Chase Australia