The Most Popular iOS Games and Apps of 2019

It became a good tradition to share your achievements with the rest of the world at the end of the year. Apple also shared its own lists of top apps and games of 2019. The company placed the chart on the App Store, highlighting the best free and paid games and apps available for iOS platform users. This is a perfect opportunity for iPhone owners to find the greatest apps and games in 2019 and download them.

Among the most popular games of the year appeared Mario Kart Tour, the latest title from Nintendo developers. It was launched this September but has already topped the list. The game was downloaded millions of times, right after it appeared in the store. Critics highly praised its features and called it one of the most popular games in series.

Top Five Games

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These are the five free of charge games. They all topped the list of games on the App Store. Each of them has been downloaded by millions of users across the world:

  • Mario Kart Tour;
  • Color Bump 3D;
  • Aquapark.io;
  • Call of Duty Mobile;
  • BitLife Life Simulator.

Perhaps, the biggest revelation here is that CoD Mobile managed to climb only on the 4th place, and crazy, unpredictable Aquapark.io beat it. Yet, Mario Kart was also an unexpected surprise. The position of games in the chart makes us wonder what next? Apparently, indie games are on-demand this year when it comes to mobile platforms. Color Bump 3D and Aquapark.io, together with BitLife, make a strong coalition that is hard to surpass. They are completely different, united by simple to get gameplay, vivid colors, and lack of storyline.

The paid games were evaluated in a separate chart. The first place belongs to Minecraft, and we can’t agree more. The game deserves its glory. It continues to be the best. This year it is accompanied by Heads Up fun game from Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros, Plague Inc., the madness of Bloons TD 6, and casual Geometry Dash.

Top Apps on the App Store

YouTube screenshots

Let’s talk apps here. This year millions of users visited the App Store to download helpful tools on their phones. Apple separated apps that were downloaded on the iPhone and iPad. Welcome iPhone free of charge champions:

  • YouTube;
  • Instagram;
  • Snapchat;
  • TikTok;
  • Facebook Messenger.

All these apps are on-demand nowadays. Most of them are social networks. And we really can see the pattern here. It looks like people across the world still require communication above all. That’s a good start. Now let’s check the paid apps of the year 2019:

  • FaceTune;
  • HotSchedules;
  • Dark Sky Weather;
  • The Wonder Weeks;
  • AutoSleep Apple Watch Sleep Tracking.

There is another chart for iPad apps and games only. According to it, the most popular game among free options was Roblox and among paid, it was Minecraft. Free top iPad games:

  • Roblox;
  • Aquapark.io;
  • Paper.io 2;
  • Color Bump 3D;
  • Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game.

Paid games for iPad:

  • Minecraft;
  • Geometry Dash;
  • Bloons TD 6;
  • Plague Inc.;
  • Amazing Frog.

As for the free apps on iPad, the most popular were: 

  • YouTube;
  • Netflix;
  • Amazon Prime Video;
  • Google Chrome; 
  • Hulu.

As you may have noticed, there are lots of streaming services on this list. As for the paid options, there were five leaders: 

  • Procreate;
  • Notability;
  • GoodNotes 5;
  • Duet Display;
  • Toca Hair Salon 3.

Arcade Games

Oceanhorn 2 screenshots

Apple decided to make another list of the games. They included only arcade games available for Apple Arcade service users only.. To use it you have to pay $4.99 per month. Its main attractions of 2019 are:

  • Oceanhorn 2;
  • Sonic Racing;
  • Hot Lava;
  • Frogger in Toy Town;
  • Skate City.

The Best Apps and Games to Try

Editors decided to pick their own games and apps of the year. Their favorite Arcade Game became Sayonara Wild Hearts, iPhone app of 2019 is Spectre Camera, iPhone game is Sky: Children of the Light. You don’t have to pick any of them, you can form your own list and share it with us in the comments. Name your favorite games and apps on the iOS platform.

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