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Apple Posts “Best Of App Store 2012” Lists

In today’s weekly refresh of the App Store, Apple posted a list called “Best of 2012”, highlighting the apps they “loved the most” this year. Day One, a journaling apps we reviewed on MacStories several times, wins as “Mac App of the Year”; “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” wins as “Game of the Year”. The Mac section is also viewable on the web here. On the iOS side, Paper for iPad and Action Movie FX win as Apps of the Year; Rayman Jungle Run and The Room win as Games of the Year for iPhone and iPad, respectively.

Over the past year, the Mac App Store was packed with impressive new apps and games. Some were dazzling debuts, while others were existing apps updated to leverage new features in OS X Mountain Lion or to take advantage of the Retina display of the new MacBook Pro. Browse the apps and games we loved most in 2012.

The list is organized in Runners-Up, Best Apps of 2012, and Best Games of 2012. Below, the full list, recompiled from the Mac App Store, iPhone App Store, and iPad App Store. My personal congratulations to the Day One team, an app that has completely changed the way I archive my memories on iOS and OS X.

Other notable winners in iTunes categories include:

Mac App Store US


Best Apps of 2012

Best Games of 2012


App of the Year: Paper

Game of the Year: The Room

Runner-Up, Apps: Action Movie FX

Runner-Up, Games: Walking Mars

Casual Games

Best of Newsstand

New Ways To Play

Sous Chef

Fun Runners

Post-PC Creation

Free To Play

Lifelong Learning

Showpiece Games

Hidden Gems: Apps

Hidden Gems: Games


App of the Year: Action Movie FX

Game of the Year: Rayman Jungle Run

Runner-Up, Apps: Figure

Runner-Up, Games: Letterpress

Casual Games

 Disruptive Services

New Ways to Play

Photo & Video Magic

Fun Runners

Intuitive Touch

Free to Play

Discover with Friends

Showpiece Games

Hidden Gems: Apps

Hidden Gems: Games

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