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Apple just gave a bunch of game publishers an early Christmas present.

The iOS company gave out its awards for best apps and games of 2014 today. At the top of its games list is Threes, the math-focused puzzle game from indie game studio Sirvo. It debuted in February for Apple mobile devices and later received a port to Android and Xbox One. Apple’s list will help give these games a boost, as it will help them stand out from a million other titles on the App Store in the $25 billion mobile gaming market.

The picks focus on creative titles from indie studios, but they also include games from big companies, such as Zynga and its FarmVille 2: Country Escape.

In Threes, the players slides numbered tiles on a grid to combine addends and multiples of three. It was unfortunately cloned by a developer who created 2048, which became more popular than Threes.


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The runner-up was Leo’s Fortune by Senri. Other top games include:

  • Monument Valley
  • Hitman Go
  • Ruzzle Adventure
  • Battleheart Legacy
  • World of Warriors
  • XCOM: Enemy Within
  • Smash Hit
  • Spellfall
  • Spider-Man Unlimited
  • Wayward Souls
  • Trials Frontier
  • Adventure Beaks
  • Rules!
  • FarmVille 2: County Escape
  • Retry
  • Micromon
  • Rival Knights
  • Godus
  • Crazy Taxi City Rush
  • Castle Doombad: Free to Slay
  • Bicolor
  • Royal Revolt 2
  • Fotonica
  • Timberman
  • Bonza Word Puzzle

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