The App Store can be quite competitive, but if your game manages to catch Apple’s eye, you could certainly reap the benefits when it comes to end-of-year honors.

VentureBeat has reported that Apple has provided its yearly awards for best applications and games of 2014, and there are some surprising indie favorites that have easily notched their way into the hearts of App Store users.

Leading the charge is Threes, a puzzle game that uses simple addition to keep pieces moving around a playfield. Developed by Sirvo, the game has become a huge addiction for mobile gamers worldwide, making its debut earlier this year and gaining huge ground through social media and app downloads. The game also saw a release recently on the Xbox One console, through the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Even with the release of the obvious clone 2048, Threes maintained its popularity – to the point that it remained in Apple’s top ten for some time to come. Thus, the company felt it deserved the honor to be at the top of the list.

Rounding out the top ten are the platforming game Leo’s Fortune, the puzzle game Monument Valley, and others, listed below:

-Monument Valley

-Hitman Go

-Ruzzle Adventure

-Battleheart Legacy

-World of Warriors

-XCOM: Enemy Within

-Smash Hit


-Spider-Man Unlimited

-Wayward Souls

-Trials Frontier

-Adventure Beaks


-FarmVille 2: County Escape



-Rival Knights


-Crazy Taxi City Rush

-Castle Doombad: Free to Slay


-Royal Revolt 2



-Bonza Word Puzzle

Being mentioned in Apple’s top apps for 2014 not only provides a boost in sales for many of these developers, but also a possible turn-around in terms of word-of-mouth. GamesIndustry International noted that Monument Valley, one of the top three, was taking some flack after including paid-for DLC in its content. Fortunately, the mention should help turn its fortunes around.

Still, there’s no question that free-to-play games played their part as well, with the likes of Clash of Clans and Game of War: Fire Age leading the pack, followed closely behind by King’s Candy Crush Saga.