Apple reveals 'Best of 2017' apps and games

Top apps

Top apps

Apple on Thursday published its annual Best of 2017 list, highlighting the year's top apps, games, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books and more as determined by Apple employees.

Rather interestingly, the game of the year choices for iPhone and iPad are not freemium titles.

It's also hardly shocking to see crowd pleasers and essentials like Bitmoji, Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Google Maps or Netflix among the iOS App Store's most popular 2017 apps.

The Splitter Critters game - developed by Vancouver-based RAC7 Games - offers users the ability to split the world with a swipe of your finger and then rearrange it to guide critters back to their spaceship.

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Affinity Photo is a professional photo editing tool for the iPad.

Game apps, on the other hand, were dominated by Ludo King, 8 Ball Pool, Super Mario Run, Candy Crush Saga, Sniper 3D, and others.

Apple's iPhone app of the year is Calm, a health-and-fitness app that provides soundtracks and guides for meditation, including routines to help you sleep.

This year, Apple has also introduced a new year-end section for the "trends of the year".

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Talking about apps, the App Store editors have identified four breakout trends in app culture for 2017. This includes different categories such as casual games, general apps, augmented reality and more.

For movies, the top film was Moana followed by the Stars Was instalment Rogue One. Ed Sheeran's Shape of You, meanwhile, ranked as this year's top song. Despite only releasing November 10, Taylor Swift's new album Reputation has already shot up to third place, hinting TSwift's new album has even more success to come. If you've been keeping up with the App Store regularly throughout 2017, numerous top apps and games should look familiar to you, but there are some surprises as well.

You can check out the full list of Apple's top apps and more over at iTunes.

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