Each year, the most beautiful and innovative apps from the App Store are considered for Apple’s prestigious Design Awards. Many amazing projects created with Unity have been selected in previous years, including breakout hits Monument Valley, Lara Croft GO, and Crossy Road. This year is no different. Three out of the five games awarded the 2017 Apple Design Award are Made with Unity. Congratulations to Broken Rules, Untame, and RAC7 Games for your achievement!
Take a look at the games below and read why they were selected.
Splitter Critters by RAC7 Games
“Designed and developed by a team of two from Vancouver, Canada, Splitter Critters is a charming level-based arcade puzzle-game for iPhone and iPad with a mind-bending game mechanic that’s playable by all ages. Selected as an Apple Design Award winner for its touch-centric gameplay, absorbing sound design, and minimalistic paper-craft aesthetic, Splitter Critters uses a clever tearing effect and scene re-arrangement technique to help players solve puzzles in new ways. With clever environmental mechanics such as laser beams, reflective surfaces, liquids, moving platforms, and immersive soundscapes for each world (best experienced with headphones), this app offers an inventive and memorable gaming experience. Unity-based, and with optimizations for Metal, Splitter Critters was released first on iOS, takes advantage of iCloud and Game Center, and is localized into 15 languages.”
Mushroom 11 by Untame
“This a one-of-a-kind platformer mixes physics-puzzle problem-solving with action and strategy. Mushroom 11 plays better than ever before on a multi-touch mobile device and was selected as an Apple Design Award winner for its intriguing alien landscapes, rich hand-painted levels, and incredibly unique, tactile, and immersive gameplay on iPhone and iPad. Players move an ever-expanding life form through a surreal post-apocalyptic landscape by strategically molding, splitting, and reshaping it into any shape needed to explore the strange and challenging environment. Multi-gesture support and 3D Touch optimizations add a whole new dimension to the game, making it a truly physical experience. Details matter in great games, and Mushroom 11 delivers by providing a clever helper that appears when needed, an original sound score, interesting posters to investigate, and a left-handed mode which mirrors the game and provides an optimal experience for everyone. Localized into 5 languages, including First-Nation languages, Mushroom 11 is Unity-based with optimizations for Metal and support for Game Center.”
Old Man’s Journey by Broken Rules
“Available first on iOS, Old Man’s Journey is a captivating puzzle adventure about life, loss, and hope. Designed and developed by a team of five in Vienna, Austria, it uses a clever landscape-shifting game mechanic to solve puzzles and reveal an emotional narrative told entirely through imagery and sound. We picked this game as an Apple Design Award winner because of its immersive and meaningful game play, beautiful, hand-drawn art style, and whimsical, exceptionally crafted landscapes. Old Man’s Journey conveys universal truths that transcend cultures and the many stages of life, and delivers an experience focused on originality, simplicity, refined game mechanics, and rich interactivity. Unity-based with Metal optimizations, Old Man’s Journey is best played on iPad and allows players to share in-game moments via ReplayKit and photo sharing.”
Make sure to check out the rest of the Apple Design Award winners.