Apple Design Award 2014 winners: Monument Valley, Sky Guide, Threes and more!

Apple Design Award 2014 winners: Monument Valley, Sky Guide, Threes and more!

Apple on Monday afternoon announced the winners of its annual Apple Design Awards (ADAs), applications for iOS and OS X that "raise the bar in design, technology and innovation." The awards were given out at WWDC 2014. This year's group of ADA winners includes popular games Threes and Monument Valley, the astronomy app Night Sky, journal app Day One and others. In total, twelve apps were inducted into the ADAs, including two student winners.

Apple developers themselves can nominate apps they think are worthy, but Apple makes the decision on what makes the cut. All the entrants need to be available for download from the App Store or Mac App Store to be considered. Without further ado, this year's winners:

iOS

Blek

Blek is a puzzle game with a minimalist design. You have to hit colored dots while avoiding black dots by drawing a pattern on the screen that repeats, clearing any dots it hits.

Device 6

More a work of interactive fiction than a game, Device 6 combines narrative, illustration, puzzles, and more into a compelling world with a unique design sensibility and aesthetic.

Leo's Fortune

A platform adventure game in which you hunt down the thief who stole your gold. Features meticulously detailed scenes and a truly beautiful design style. Supports iCloud game saves and also works with MFi game controllers.

Monument Valley

Guide a silent princess through impossible architecture that cleverly twists and folds as you move it. Inspired by MC Escher's images of impossible geometry and optical illusions.

Sky Guide

The star and constellation guide features a view of the night sky that changes as you hold up and pivot your iOS device around. Provides detailed information on constellations and stellar objects, including their position in the sky, information on satellites you can track and much more.

Storehouse: Visual Storytelling

Storehouse lets you combine text, photos and videos into stories that you can share with friends and followers via e-mail and social networks.

Threes!

The popular puzzle game from the makers of Puzzlejuice requires you to slide together matching numbered tiles in multiples of three. See how high you can stack them before the game field becomes filled with tiles and you can't move them anymore. Maddeningly addictive and ridiculously simple, yet compellingly challenging.

Yahoo! News Digest

Yahoo News Summary digests are delivered twice a day, with top stories of the day summarized and presented with key info and links to supporting sources. A gamified interface helps you keep track of what you've read and what you're yet to read.

OS X

Cinemagraph Pro

Cinemagraph Pro creates flixels - moving photo images created from short videos, masked, edited with fine adjustments and turned into loops, then outputted in HD and 4K.

Day One

A distraction-free journaling app that enables you to combine text and photos, automatically populating with contextual data like temperature, location, time, date, activity data and more.

Student Awards

Addimal Adventure

Teaches kids single-digit addition by helping the Addimals win back golden blocks from Professor Possum and his evil robot.

PanoPerfect

Find, follow and create panoramic photos that you can share with friends; comment and like the ones you find that are outstanding.

Peter Cohen

Managing Editor of iMore, Mac and gaming specialist and all-around technologist. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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'Leo's Fortune' looks similar to 'Badlands'.

Another gorgeous app I wished got the recognition it deserves is a Japanese game called 'Tengami' ... beautiful and artistic .. a lot of hard work has gone into developing that app.

Congrats to the winners anyways.

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