App Store and Google Play have announced the winners of its annual awards. Let’s take a closer look at the best games in various categories.

Honkai: Star Rail wins Game of the Year from Apple and Google, repeating Genshin Impact's achievement

Honkai: Star Rail wins big on mobile

  • miHoYo’s blockbuster Honkai: Star Rail was named the iPhone Game of the Year (finalists include Afterplace and Vampire Survivors) and Google’s Best Game of 2023.
  • It also won Google Play awards for Best Story and Best Game for Tablets, with the company praising Honkai: Star Rail’s “excellent depth of content, stunning visuals and thoughtful design.”
  • Interestingly, Genshin Impact was awarded the same honors three years ago, with Apple and Google naming it iPhone Game of the Year and Best Game of 2020, respectively.
  • Both titles have been a huge success for Chinese developer miHoYo. Honkai: Star Rail reached $500 million in player spending on mobile within three months of its global launch in April 2023. According to gaming research firm Naavik, it crossed the $1 billion mark in September.
  • Genshin Impact surpassed $4 billion in player spending in December 2022, and the numbers are still growing. Despite a slight revenue decline in 2023, the game remains miHoYo’s biggest hit.

Best games of 2023, according to Apple and Google

Apple’s best games of 2023

  • iPad Game of the Year — Lost in Play, a puzzle adventure title by Happy Juice Games;
  • Mac Game of the YearLies of P, a Pinocchio-inspired soulslike from South Korean publisher Neowiz;
  • Cultural Impact — Finding Hannah (hidden object title by Fein Games), Pok Pok (educational simulation playroom for kids), Unpacking (award-winning puzzle game by Witch Beam);
  • Apple Arcade Game of the Year — Hello Kitty Island Adventure, a life sim game with focus on exploration and social elements.

Google’s best games of 2023

  • Best multi-device game — OUTERPLANE, a free-to-play anime battler by South Korean developer/publisher Smilegate (Crossfire, Lost Ark);
  • Users’ Choice — Monopoly GO!, a global hit from Scopely that became the fastest casual game to cross $1 billion in revenue on mobile;
  • Best Multiplayer — Farlight 84, a hero shooter/battle royale created by a subsidiary of Rise of Kingdoms maker Lilith Games;
  • Best Pick Up & Play — Monopoly GO!
  • Best IndieVampire Survivors, a mobile version of Luca Galante’s reverse bullet hell game that became a global phenomenon;
  • Best Ongoing — Stumble Guys, a Fall Guys-like mobile title created by Finnish studio Kitka Games (and later acquired by Scopely);
  • Best Game for Good — Pokémon Sleep, a sleep-tracking app that rewards players with new Pokémons based on how well they sleep;
  • Best on Play Pass — Magic Rampage, an action platformer made by indie team Asantee Games;
  • Best for Chromebooks — Minecraft (hardly needs any introduction);
  • Best for Google Play Games on PC — Arknights, a tower defense game with RPG elements by Chinese studio Hypergryph.

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