“Fantasian”, “Marvel Future” among Apple App Store winners

Apple shed light on the best developers on its platforms with the App Store price 2021, and the game was a huge part of it with people like “Toca’s world of life” taking the honor of iPhone app of the year and “Among us!” winner of the Trend of the Year award. Video games are so important that the medium has its own category of awards.

“In 2021, apps have played a more vital role in our lives than ever before,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a streaming announcement. “They have helped us keep moving forward in a year that has continued to challenge us in many ways, as a global community and in our own lives. The apps have helped us build deeper connections with each other, express our creativity, and engage with new people, experiences and cultures.

When it comes to games, these titles have won the biggest accolades:

IPhone Game of the Year: “League of Legends: Savage Rift” by Riot Games
IPad Game of the Year: “Marvel Future Revolution” by Netmarble Corporation
Mac Game of the Year:“Myst” cyan
Apple TV Game of the Year: “Space Marshals 3” by Pixelbite
Apple Arcade Game of the Year: “Fantastic” by Mistwalker

“Fantasian” took home Apple Arcade Game of the Year honors. It’s a Japanese RPG from the creator of “Final Fantasy”. (Apple)

“Fantasian” is the most notable project on the list for two reasons. The first is that it is directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the very influential “Final Fantasy” series. His work has shaped the genre as consoles have grown more powerful through generations, and its impact has been unmatched. This is why fans should pay attention to this game because it could be the last one.

“I approached this project as my last potential project and it is worth it,” he said.

The second reason why “Fantasian” stands out is that Sakaguchi took a different approach to its creation. The developer first worked with sprites and made the transition to polygons with “Final Fantasy VII”. For this Apple Arcade game, he went old school and used dioramas as part of the design to create the environments that would house computer-generated characters. It is a combination of analog and digital.

Sakaguchi said the dioramas reminded him to work with sprites. He said that in the days of CRT televisions, display technology made the job smoother as the game information was shown on the screen and the pictures mixed together. This contrasted with working with polygons, which looked more angular and sharper, he said. The process of using dioramas and making sets and props was more akin to working with sprites.

Looking at the game, “Fantasian” is indeed distinct and players can enjoy the work of over 150 different artists across 200 environments. The detail is so demanding that players can see the keys of a piano that has been made in miniature.

Recently, Sakaguchi’s studio, Mistwalker, released the second part of “Fantasian”. That essentially ends the game. He said there is another update coming in December, but the project is now what he envisioned, albeit with retuned bosses.

“I wanted the player to have the satisfaction of finally defeating the last boss,” he said. Even though players feel like “Fantasian” is more difficult towards the end, Sakaguchi said players should stick with it. “I encourage the players not to give up.

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“Marvel Future Revolution” won the iPad Game of the Year award for Apple’s 2021 App Store Awards. (Apple)

Another winner of an App Store Award was “Marvel Future Revolution,” a game that combines the appeal of the superhero genre with massive multiplayer online role-playing. Think about it, this is the comic book version of last year’s App Store winner “Genshin impact. “

In the game, players control one of eight heroes and take the protagonist through a campaign on Primary Earth. It is a planet that has crossed the Convergence where different universes merge in a central point. This is how players will encounter a diverse world with sections ruled by Hydra and a world where Tony Stark controls a city. Other areas are part of the universe where the Asgardians take refuge on Earth and, likewise, the Xandar survivors settle on the planet. It’s a diverse world to explore.

The appeal of “Marvel Future Revolution” is in its visuals which, of course, appear on the iPad, but its appeal is also in the idea that players can create their own superhero using the gear they get. during their adventures. Joe Lee, head of production at Netmarble, said players have 400 million customization options.

This number will increase as Netmarble adds Magik to the list of heroes. Like “Genshin Impact”, “Marvel Future Hero” is a game that is expected to grow and expand over time.

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“Space Marshals 3” is a top-down action-adventure game from Pixelbite. It won the Apple TV Game of the Year award. (Apple)

While it might not be as well-known as the other award winners, “Space Marshals 3” is a title that deserves praise. Pixelbite’s Apple TV Game of the Year winner is the third entry in the top-down double-stick action series.

What makes this franchise different from its peers is the emphasis on stealth instead of non-stop shooting. Players control the protagonist, Burton, through several story-driven missions, in which he is often outnumbered, and players will have to sneak close to enemies or discreetly eliminate them by distracting them or hiding in the bushes.

It’s a more tactical approach, and one that looks great on the big screen. Co-founder Mattias Olsson said he was thrilled with the honor. “We are really excited,” he said. “We were completely surprised to be recognized for this. It’s really super.”

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