Apple’s apps of 2015: Lara Croft and Enlight rule the roost

10 Dec 2015

Enlight, via the App Store

Apple has announced its apps of 2015, with the likes of Scanbot, TransferWise, Dark Echo and Fallout Shelter trailing behind Enlight and Lara Croft at the top of the pile.

Ranking their apps across multiple disciplines – Enlight won app of the year, Lara Croft GO was game of the year – Apple had a mixture of both paid for and free downloads.

In the main best apps of the year category, Enlight’s pretty cool photo and video editing did enough to earn the plaudits.


Enlight, a photo and video editing tool that costs €3.99 on the App Store

“We debated. We argued. Everyone had favourites, but to make this list of 2015’s finest, there could be no doubts,” said Apple.

“What you see here made the cut – they’re the most visionary, inventive, and irresistible apps and games of the year. After you’ve browsed our selections, don’t miss the titles that topped the charts in 2015.”

The results are in the App Store now, on the home page, with a wide variety of products listed. Money transfer app TransferWise (free), QR scanner ScanBot (free), music app Pacemaker (free) and restaurant delivery service Deliveroo (free) rounded out the top five.

In the games section, Lara Croft GO (€4.99) came in ahead of Dark Echo (€1.99), Fallout Shelter (free), Rayman Adventures (free) and Prune (€3.99).

Lara Croft GO

Lara Croft GO, the top ranking game in the App Store this year, costs €4.99

Understandably, the rankings vary from country to country. In the US, for example, Periscope topped the pile – it doesn’t feature at all on Apple’s top 25 over here. Lara Croft GO, though, led the way on both sides of the Atlantic.

On the iPad, things were a bit different, though, with Airbnb ranking highest (ahead of TransferWise, Enlight, Scanbot and The Robot Factory).

Apple’s apps of the year for 2015:

  • Enlight
  • TransferWise
  • Scanbot
  • Pacemaker
  • Deliveroo
  • The Everything Machine
  • Yoogala
  • Workflow
  • VSCO
  • Lifesum
  • Loopimal
  • Hopper
  • Pixelmatr
  • Runtastic
  • iTranslate
  • Tandem
  • Houzz
  • Fit Men Cook
  • RefME
  • Pennies
  • App in the Air
  • Slack
  • Lark
  • Yousician Piano & Guitar

Apple’s best games of 2015:

  • Lara Croft GO
  • Dark Echo
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Rayman Adventures
  • Prune
  • Downwell
  • Does not Commute
  • Shadowmatic
  • Hearthstone
  • Guitar Hero
  • Psych!
  • Last Voyage
  • Score!
  • Trick Shot
  • Alto’s Adventure
  • Alphabear
  • Minecraft
  • Mr Jump
  • You Must Build A Boat
  • Lumino City
  • AG Drive
  • Super Sharp
  • Gunbrick
  • HoPiKo
  • Agent A

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic