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Published on June 5th, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner


Two Apple TV games amongst Apple Design Awards winners

As they do every year at WWDC, Apple has announced the 2018 winners of the Apple Design Awards. The awards recognize developers who “… used their ingenuity, smarts, and savvy to build the year’s best apps for Apple platforms.”

The two winning apps with Apple TV versions are Playdead’s INSIDE from Copenhagen-based Playdead and Alto’s Odyssey from Toronto-based Snowman. It’s worth noting that both winners come from outside the U.S, as that carried over to all apps; of the 10 overall developers awarded, only one—Gauss Surgical, Inc. for their medial iPad app Triton Sponge—was based in the U.S.

We think it’s great to see such a diverse selection of winners, but we’re here to focus solely on the Apple TV. As such…

Playdead’s INSIDE

The developer’s name gets to go in the title because they’re the all-caps-loving company that brought us the highly-acclaimed LIMBO, a puzzle/platformer released for just about every gaming system other than Apple TV. Thankfully, Playdead corrected this issue with INSIDE.

Also a 2D puzzle/platformer, INSIDE is a game that’s best left undescribed. Why? Becuase part of the experience is learning just what it is the game is about. The developers simply offer, “Hunted and alone, a boy finds himself drawn into the center of a dark project,” and they intend the same for you. Highly atmospheric and perfectly paced, Playdead’s INSIDE is a game that must be experienced to be appreciated. Even the trailer is fairly oblique…but oddly intriguing.

Playdead’s INSIDE is available for free download from the App Store, and the full game can be unlocked with a $6.99 in-app purchase.

Alto’s Odyssey

We have also called Alto’s Odyssey one of the best Apple TV games of 2018, and are thrilled to see this sequel to Alto’s Adventure receive such acclaim from Apple. Alto’s Odyssey sets you on a “sandboarding journey” in which you’ll, “Soar above windswept dunes, traverse thrilling canyons, and explore long-hidden temples in a fantastical place far from home.”

If that sounds difficult, no need to worry. The challenge is handled via one button, making it a perfect game to play on the Apple TV with your Siri Remote. Also, it’s stunning design and use of color really comes to life your widescreen TV.

Alto’s Odyssey is available now in the App Store for $4.99. You don’t need to have played Alto’s Adventure to enjoy this sequel, but recommend you check that one out, too.

Congratulations to Playdead and Snowman, as well as all of the other Apple Design Award winners. A video of the event will be available soon.

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About the Author

has been writing for the Apple web since 1997, having served as editor of Applelinks and the Technology Tell Apple Channel. In addition to his work with BEST Apple TV, Kirk currently contributes to Mac Gamer HQ and Pure Nintendo. He lives with his wife and three children in small-town Ohio where the land is cheap and the air is (relatively) clean.

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