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Apple and Google reveal the best video games of 2019

Apple and Google reveal what they consider to be the best mobile video games of 2019, showing surprisingly different tastes.

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Apple and Google reveal what they consider to be the best mobile video games of 2019, showing surprisingly different tastes.

It’s the time of the year for best-of lists, top tens, and GOTY debates. The tastemakers over at Google and Apple have kicked things off with what they consider to be the best video games on iOS, Mac, and Android in 2019.

The format for each list is slightly different, as are the games that make the cut. Google honours blockbuster FPS Call of Duty: Mobile in three categories, including Best Game of 2019. The Best Indie Game shortlist includes fan favourites like Stardew Valley and the wonderfully offbeat adventure game, Chuchel.

Nintendo’s Mario Kart Tour gets a nod in Best Casual Game, and Assassin’s Creed Rebellion: Adventure RPG and The Elder Scrolls: Blades see two big-name franchises get nods for Innovation.

Apple’s choices are slightly more leftfield and remarkably close to our tastes. Thatgamecompany’s Sky: Children of the Light wins iPhone Game of the Year, and there are nods for Gris, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap and Sayonara Wild Hearts, all games we love.

Here’s the full lineup from each company. Let us know on Twitter or Facebook what you think of the choices.

Apple Best of 2019

iPhone Game of the Year

  • Sky: Children of the Light

iPad Game of the Year

  • Hyper Light Drifter

Mac Game of the Year

  • Gris

Apple TV Game of the Year

  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

Apple Arcade Game of the Year

  • Sayonara Wild Hearts

Google Play Best games of 2019

Best Game of 2019

  • Call of Duty: Mobile

Users’ Choice Game of 2019

  • Call of Duty: Mobile

Best Competitive Games of 2019

  • Brawl Stars
  • Call of Duty: Mobile
  • Rumble Stars Football,
  • Tacticool – 5v5 shooter
  • Tennis Clash: 3D Free Multiplayer Sports Games

Best Indie Games of 2019

  • Ailment
  • Chuchel
  • Grimvalor
  • Stardew Valley
  • Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery

Best Casual Games of 2019

  • Angry Birds Dream Blast
  • Diner Dash Adventures
  • Golf Peaks
  • Mario Kart Tour
  • Vineyard Valley: Match & Blast Puzzle Design Game

Best Innovative Games of 2019

  • Archero
  • Assassin’s Creed Rebellion: Adventure RPG
  • Auto Chess
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades
  • Minit

You can find more details on the awards on the Apple and Google Play websites.

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