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What did Apple name as its 2014 App of the Year? Elevate, which offers mini-games that claim to boost the player’s memory, focus, and cognition: Elevate Hyperlapse, an app created by Instagram that allows users to radically speed up video footage, was the runner-up: Instagram Apple’s Game of the Year was Threes!, a numbers-based puzzler: Threes Sirvo LLC The gaming runner-up was Leo’s Fortune, a side-scrolling platformer: 1337 & Senri LLC Some of Apple’s other top apps:

1. Yahoo News Digest 2. Storehouse 3. SwiftKey 4. 1Password 5. Camera+ 6. Toca Lab 7. NYT Now 8. 120 Sports 9. Camu 10. Spring 11. BuzzFeed 12. Peak 13. Nighty Night Circus 14. Yummly 15. Waterlogue 16. Human 17. Steller 18. TeleStory 19. Network TV 20. Litely 21. Uber

Top games included Monument Valley, Hitman GO, Ruzzle Adventure, Battleheart Legacy, World of Warriors, XCom: Enemy Within, Smash Hit, Spellfall, Spider-Man Unlimited, and Wayward Souls. With regard to apps, Apple clearly aspired (as it does with every year’s ‘Best of’ list) to a relatively balanced mix of subjects, with somewhat more emphasis on password protection, news delivery, and camera features. Whatever the apps actually do, it’s clear that, when selecting for these sorts of lists, the company prefers elegant software that performs a small set of functions well; app developers, keep that in mind the next time you’re tempted to build unnecessary functions into your project.

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Images: Elevate, Instagram, Sirvo LLC, 1337 & Senri LLC