Apple has rounded up its list of the best iPhone apps and games of 2012. Every year Apple posts its list in iTunes, giving its pick for the best app of the year, best game of the year, and runner-ups for each. iPad apps get their own separate list, which we’ll also cover. Best-sellers are mentioned as well. Let’s get right in to the winners.
The iPhone App of the Year award goes to Action Movie FX, a free app that lets anyone add “Hollywood FX” (effects) to any videos they shoot, from laser beams to fire to car smashes. The runner-up is Figure, a $0.99 app allowing musicians or music enthusiasts to quickly and creatively make music on the go.
The iPhone Game of the Year is the highly praised platforming game Rayman Jungle Run for $2.99. The runner-up game is a personal favorite of mine, Letterpress, a free and fun new word multiplayer word game that utilizes Game Center well.
Now for the iPad awards. The iPad App of the Year goes to Paper by FiftyThree, the free drawing/sketching app that had everyone scrambling to buy a stylus after its successful debut. The runner-up is the aforementioned Action Movie FX.
The iPad Game of the Year goes to The Room, a puzzling mystery with 3D graphics for $1.99. The runner-up is the $4.99 Waking Mars action/adventure game that lets gamers explore the red planet and interact with aliens.
Check out the full list of winners including more best sellers and apps by category in iTunes.