2011: The iPad.AppStorm Picks

We’ve made it!

Depending on where you are in the world it’s already 2012, or tantalisingly close to being! I thought it would be fitting to announce iPad.AppStorm’s favourite apps of 2011, those apps that make it a joy to use the iPad. Read on to find out the winners…

iPad App of the Year: Garageband

I reviewed Garageband personally back in May and stand by every word; it’s a must-have app for any respectable iPad owner! Apple have succeeded in creating a gorgeous and effortlessly enjoyable music app that appeals to people of all ages and abilities.

I want to take the time again here to emphasise how good Garageband is in the hands of anyone, yes anyone. It’s just as amazing an app for those who simply want to experiment and play, as it is for those with more serious ambitions.

It’s our App of the Year because it pushes the limits of what the iPad can do and sets a brilliantly high example for all other app developers!

First Runner-Up: Appetites

Appetites is one of our favourite recipe apps here at AppStorm, the concept and execution working perfectly to create a beautiful interactive experience. You can get recipes from a variety of food bloggers and chefs and watch step-by-step video instruction, it’s almost foolproof.

It’s worthy of inclusion here due to the imaginative way it provokes you to use your iPad. It’s one of those apps that pushes the boundaries of how and where you can use your iPad, encouraging you to be creative and get into the kitchen!

iPad Game of the Year: Superbrothers

Is it a game? Is it art? Whatever it is it’s beautiful. Set some time aside and delve into this fantastical musical world, hopefully you’ll find yourself mesmerised. If you enjoy puzzles, music and surreal experiences, then this might be for you.

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is our Game of the Year because it uses the iPad to push the boundaries of gaming, and is a beautiful example of creativity. It takes time to truly get it, but if you’re willing to devote some, it won’t disappoint!

First Runner-Up: GTA III

I agree whole-heartedly with the description of GTA III that’s featured on its iTunes page:

With stellar voice acting, a darkly comic storyline, a stunning soundtrack and revolutionary open-world gameplay, Grand Theft Auto III is the game that defined the open world genre for a generation.

It’s a late contender, only being released in December, but it’s such a strong example of what the iPad is capable of that I simply had to include it! The graphics look a little dated now, but the gameplay and sheer expanse of the game is something to marvel at – it makes you excited about the future possibilities of gaming on the iPad.

Your Thoughts

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below! What is your favourite app of 2011?