WWDC 2020 has seen some fantastic announcements arrive for anyone interested in games on iOS and iPadOS. This ranges from new software improvements that will elevate games and also massive boosts to controllers on Apple devices. Barring those, Apple Arcade is getting a long overdue update on the App Store and one of the greatest RPGs is coming to iPad soon. Today, Apple revealed the Apple Design Awards winners for 2020 and it includes four games we’ve written about many times. Here’s the full list of Apple Design Awards winners for 2020 as revealed at WWDC 2020.
It feels like Sayonara Wild Hearts from Simogo and Annapurna Interactive is always in the news these days. This maybe because the staggered launch across all platforms helps it get more press each time or because I keep seeing people post about the vinyl and the physical release on PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Simogo’s Apple Arcade exclusive on mobile is plain fantastic. Read my review of it here. I adore the experience and have now played it on every platform. If you enjoy musical experiences or just want something with gorgeous art, Sayonara Wild Hearts is the game for you. We featured it as our Apple Arcade Game of the Year for 2019 as well. Check out our forum thread for it here.
Where Cards Fall by The game Band and Snowman is the second Apple Arcade game to get an Apple Design Award. Apple Arcade is home to some amazing games but I was pretty blown away by Where Cards Fall. The dreamlike aesthetic and great soundtrack perfectly blended together in this puzzler that feels great to play. If you have Apple Arcade, you owe it to yourself to play Where Cards Fall and Sayonara Wild Hearts. Read our review of Where Cards Fall here. Check out our forum thread for it here.
Sky: Children of the Light from thatgamecompany is a game that many fans were skeptical about when it was revealed to be free to play. Sky: Children of the Light has delivered in spades ever since it launched with multiple free updates, an Android update, and much more as it has constantly improved with new seasons bringing in more for players. Sky: Children of the Light is definitely one of the most magical games available on mobile today. Check out our forum thread for it here.
Song of Bloom from Philip Stollenmayer (Kamibox) is the final Apple Design Awards winner from the games for 2020. The narrative puzzler starts unpacking more with your progress as you see everything unfold and experience the story. Song of Bloom has fantastic visuals and audio design and is definitely something unlike anything you have likely played. We featured Song of Bloom as our Game of the Week when it launched. Check out our forum thread for it here.
What do you think of the Apple Design Awards winners for this year?