Apple awarded Vlambeer's Ridiculous Fishing
its much-coveted iPhone Game of the Year award today, while Frogmind's silhouetted platformer Badland
picked up the iPad award. With App Store exposure being so crucial to an app's success, the awards are big wins for the two indie studios, both comprised of just two people.
The duo of duos beat competition from major studios in 2K Games and EA PopCap, with runner-up spots going to XCOM: Enemy Unknown
and Plants vs. Zombies 2.
Kevin Ng's rollercoaster puzzler The Impossible Road
and the stylish wordplay of Simogo's Device 6
also picked up runners-up prizes.
If you thought those awards, while deserved, were a smidge predictable, be prepared for further non-raising of eyebrows: This year's most downloaded free app (not just games but all apps) was Candy Crush Saga
, while Minecraft: Pocket Edition
was the best-selling paid app of 2013. It's also worth noting that while Candy Crush Saga
is free-to-download, it was also the highest grossing app of 2013 - Minecraft: Pocket Edition
came in 11th.