Google Play announces the best apps and games of 2021

Google Play announced the best games and applications of 2021.
Google Play best of 2021
Google Play announced the best games and apps of 2021.

Google has announced the winners of the “Best of 2021” awards, which highlight last year’s best apps and games, determined by both the company and users. This year, Google is expanding its awards lineup to include apps and games on tablets, Wear OS, and Google TV. The winners included the meditation app Balance as the year’s app and Pokémon UNITE as the best game.

Also, Paramount+ and Garena Free Fire MAX won user choice awards.

The winners of 2020 were the relaxing sleep app Loóna and Genshin Impact, due to the pandemic period when stressed users turned to relaxing apps and games.

In addition to Balance, the personalized meditation app, other self-help style winners include Moonly, an app created to align your life with the lunar calendar; laughter therapy app, Laughscape; a hypnotherapy app for women, Clementine; better sleep app Sleep Cycle; mentoring community Mentor Spaces; habit tracker and planner Rabit.

Tools for reconnecting with nature, such as Clubhouse, where people chat about specific topics during the pandemic, Speechify, a tool for reducing screen time, or Blossom, showed how the pandemic has adapted to our lives.

Application categories

With the early days of the pandemic behind us, some of this year’s award winners are now apps that focus on personal growth and creativity rather than just relaxing or escaping. This seems to reflect what kind of a period we are going through as a society.

The category winners in the best practices of the year progress as follows;

Best app of the year

  • Balance

The most useful apps of the year

  • Empathy
  • Mentor Spaces
  • Speechify

The best daily essentials apps of the year

  • Blossom
  • PhotoRoom
  • Rabit

The entertaining apps of the year

  • Clubhouse
  • Noobly
  • Whatifi

Hidden gems of the year

  • Laughscape
  • Moonbeam
  • Moonly

The best tablet apps of the year

  • Concepts
  • Canva
  • Houzz

Self-improvement apps of the year

  • Balance
  • Clementine
  • Uptime

The best Google TV apps of the year

  • Disney+
  • ESPN
  • Tubi

Best Wear apps of the year

  • Calm
  • MyFitnessPal
  • Sleep Cycle

Game categories

The winners of the game category of the year, chosen and voted by users and Google Play, are as follows;

Game of the year

  • Pokémon UNITE

The best competitive games of the year

  • League of Legends: Wild Rift
  • Marvel Future Revolution
  • Pokémon UNITE
  • Rogue Land
  • Suspects: Mystery Mansion

Game changers of the year

  • Inked
  • JanKenUP!
  • Knights of San Francisco
  • Overboard!
  • Tears of Themis

Best indie games of the year

  • 7 Billion Humans
  • Bird Alone
  • Donut County
  • My Friend Pedro: Ripe for Revenge
  • Puzzling Peaks EXE

Best Pick Up & Play games of the year

  • Cats in Time
  • Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!
  • Disney POP TOWN
  • Switchcraft
  • Towers

The best tablet games of the year

  • Chicken Police — Paint it RED!
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift
  • My Friend Pedro: Ripe for Revenge
  • Overboard!
  • The Procession to Calvary
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