The Apple Design Awards are an annual event hosted at WWDC that seeks to recognize the best of the best applications and games across whatever Apple platforms Apple wants to elevate. In 2010 the Mac was snubbed, but in 2011 Apple flipped the script and gave it a place amongst the other two relevant platforms: the iPad and the iPhone.

The results of 2011’s awards show are now public. In the interest of our interests, we’ll be highlighting just the games that took the fancy little trophy Apple gave to winners. A few listing can be seen at sites like, say, TUAW.

iPhone

Cut the Rope [$.99 / HD] - Chillingo
Infinity Blade [$5.99] - Chair Entertainment

Mac

Anomaly: Warzone Earth [$6.99], - 11-Bit Studios

iPad

Osmos [$2.99 / HD], - Hemisphere Games

Infinity Blade and Cut the Rope are two fantastic titles that really stress the strengths of the platform. Both feel native and original and benefit from the unique platform. These are well-deserved winners, for sure.

Anomaly: Warzone Earth is a firm example of what you can do with a limited budget and a great idea. It’s a gorgeous “in reverse” tower defense title in which you’re charged with taking down towers with a small group of minions. Warzone Earth is geeked out with all sorts of fun sub-systems and unique points of design. This was a solid choice, too.

Osmos, on the other hand, is a laid-back experience that doesn’t require much from the owner. It’s an ambient game that looks beautiful and plays just as well on the iPad as it does on the PC and the Mac. Good one on Apple for recognizing this.

According to TUAW, the winners in these categories have are receiving a Macbook Air, an iPad 2, and an iPod Touch in addition to their trophy. I wonder if anyone at Chair is in a position to need free tech. From the sound of it, Apple should have given them flippers to swim through the pool of cash below the office.

[via TUAW]

  • Adams Immersive

    Osmos is laid back in style... but not so much in game play! Not after you get through the early easy levels, anyway.

  • eVp

    Good choices. Though I might have given Tiny Wings a nod as well. They used to give two souped up MBPs, two 30 inch displays, 2 touches and 2 iphones back in 2009... aah the good old days. 

  • athom

    Is it me or is that award on the photo light-emitting?...

    • Anthem_47

      Must be battery powered! And the battery is probably sealed in and has to be sent back to Apple for replacement, heh.

    • Bri

      Yes, it illuminates when the metal surface is touched.