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Apple Design Awards 2015 honor seven games, including Crossy Road and Vainglory

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Video games made up more than half the winners of the Apple Design Awards 2015, with the honorees including the Frogger-esque title Crossy Road and the MOBA Vainglory, Apple announced yesterday.

The Apple Design Awards are given annually in June during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). They are meant to "honor the remarkable developers who used their ingenuity, smarts, and savvy to build the year's best apps for iOS and OS X," according to the WWDC website. Five out of the 10 main winners this year were video games, as were both of the student winners. Here's the list of games:

  • Crossy Road by Hipster Whale
  • Does Not Commute by Mediocre
  • Elementary Minute by Klemens Strasser (student winner)
  • Jump-O by Gabriel Mathias Rocha and Victor Lappas Giménez (student winner)
  • Metamorphabet by Vectorpark
  • Shadowmatic by Triada Studio
  • Vainglory by Super Evil Megacorp

All seven of the games are available on iOS. Last year's Apple Design Awards recognized Sirvo's Threes!, Simogo's Device 6 and Ustwo's Monument Valley, among other games. Yesterday, during the WWDC 2015 keynote address, Epic Games debuted the Mac version of Fortnite, a beta for which will be available this fall. You can press play below to see Crossy Road in action.

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