Apple's Best of the iTunes Store 2012: 'Action Movie FX' and 'Paper' Win Top App Honors

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today released the 2012 version of its annual iTunes Store awards, previously called iTunes Rewind, which celebrates the best music, movies, TV shows, apps, books, and podcasts of the year.

    Here are some of the notable winners for 2012:

    -iPhone App of the Year: Action Movie FX
    -iPhone Game of the Year: Rayman Jungle Run
    -iPad App of the Year: Paper by FiftyThree
    -iPad Game of the Year: Room

    -Best Artist: Channel ORANGE by Frank Ocean
    -Best Album: Shields by Grizzly Bear
    -Best Song: We Are Young by Fun.
    -Breakthrough Album: The Lumineers by The Lumineers

    -Best Novel: The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
    -Best Nonfiction: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
    -Best Young Adult Novel: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
    -Best Multi-Touch Book: Fashion by DK Publishing

    For the first time in two years, no photography apps made it in to the top listings. 2012 also marks the first year that an Entertainment app was given an editor's choice award. As always, during the end of the year wrap up Apple highlights games and apps from a wide variety of categories, so it's well worth skimming the list for hidden gems.

    Beyond the top-level awards for music, movies, TV shows, apps, books, and podcasts, Apple is featuring a number of other awards and Editors' Choice picks across various genres and categories for the various content types.

    See previous winners here: 2009, 2010, 2011.

    Article Link: Apple's Best of the iTunes Store 2012: 'Action Movie FX' and 'Paper' Win Top App Honors
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    Paper is iPad app of the year by far... Best app I have used and I use it almost every day.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2007
    Action Movie FX?

    I mean, it's good but App of the YEAR? I would disagree.

    Paper is amazing and Apple's iPhoto is as well.

    Sparrow, Clear are also worthy...
  4. macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    kinda odd that channel orange is artist of the year.... I know they mean to say Frank Ocean is artist of the year and not his debut album but still. Seems like a typo or they purposefully did it to give some marketing to his album?
  5. macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    At a glance, Room looks like a modern incarnation of Myst. Even the product description sounds the same "...If you're reading this, then it worked. I only hope you can still forgive me. ... You must come at once, for we are all in great peril. ... My study is the highest room." - followed by entry into a well-rendered, highly (for the time) touchable & explorable environment full of puzzles.

    Anyone who can speak to similarities/differences?
  6. macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2012
    Rayman Jungle Run.... Dont get me wrong its a good game but it is an insult to the iOS gaming industry.

    There are innovative great new games out there and they pick this…
  7. macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2004
  8. macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    Action Movie FX really? Nice to see paper in there though.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2004
    C'mon, the song of the year was clearly "Gangnam Style!" Sure, "We Are Young" is catchy, but does it have a guy dancing on an imaginary horse while wearing a powder blue jacket? Nope.

    I would also accept the song "Thriftshop," but it probably came out a little too late in the year to catch on.
  10. macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2011
    Delray Beach, FL
    Action Movie FX? Really? It is a nice waste of time for a couple of days...then you delete it!
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    Los Angeles
    lol App of the year for something that came out last night? Give me a break.
  12. macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2011
    Delray Beach, FL
    It could be why not?
  13. macrumors member

    May 7, 2012
    Not sure if I agree with much of this, but Grizzly Bear's new album did live up to the hype... it was definitely one of the best this year.

    The Lumineers don't belong though, nothing ground breaking there.
  14. macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2011
    Apple bashing will commence right!
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Please explain how it's an insult to the industry. I'd actually like to know. I for one really enjoyed it.
  16. macrumors regular


    Aug 25, 2010
    Rayman Jungle Run? Nay, nay.
    How about the game that brought your Game Center servers to its knees?
    Letterpress, anyone? :confused:
  17. Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    As good as ActionMovieFX is, I think Google Maps may quickly be more deserving, though Apple would never admit it.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2012
    Weird, I thought people would actually be talking about some of these Apps but I have not used a single one of these and I visit tech blogs pretty regularly.

    Did they just "Apple Maps" (aka half ass) these picks?
  19. macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2010
    google maps briefly disappeared on 9/19/12. NEVER FORGET!
    google maps deserves the app of the year. or at least the best comeback of the year.
  20. GQB
    macrumors 65816

    Sep 26, 2007
    I understand the enfatuation with Paper, but it stays in my 'rarely used' folder until they give up on their idiotic 'rewind' to undo feature. Its clumsey, inaccurate, and gimmicky. Give me a damned multiple undo button and I'll start using it again gladly.
  21. RolyPolyBird, Dec 13, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012

    macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2010
    Don't forget to include the mac appstore as well ;)

    edit: also worth noting that the honours are regional. The winning iPhone apps in the German appstore was a taxi sourcing program and runner up Propellerhead's Figure. The games were Jungle Run with Super Hexagon in second place.
  22. GQB
    macrumors 65816

    Sep 26, 2007
    How in the world do you deal with their gimmicky 'undo' wheel?
  23. macrumors 68030


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    Action Movie FX is fantastic.


    That would be more like app of the day not a year, right?
  24. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    It has a very similar aesthetic, but the puzzles are simpler and there is no exploration whatsoever (as the title says, you're in a room.) It's just you interacting with a giant lockbox. The story is light so far, but I'm about halfway through.

    Still, they did a superb job in creating puzzles that work excellently with touch, and if you like Myst you'll like this, too. Coincidentally it just came out for iPhone today, which is what I'm playing it on.
  25. macrumors 68020


    Jan 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    I used it once on christmas day last year. I got a car to roll towards my friend as he quickly ducks. very neat stuff.
    then I deleted it after I uploaded the video onto facebook.
    In contrast tonnes and tonnes of otehr apps I use daily.
    hardly best of the year?

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