The Unity game engine has become a real force to be reckoned with this year. From dominating the crowd-funded Kickstarter scene to cleaning up with top-tier apps for Apple's iOS-powered devices, Unity has really taken hold of 2012 and squeezed every dime and dollar out of it.
GameIndustry.biz lists a number of the top apps that performed exceedingly well throughout 2012. In the general app department YouTube was number one, but the top grossing game on the iPhone was the Unity-powered Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North.
David Helgason, CEO, Unity Technologies commented about the 2012 results, saying...
"It's incredibly satisfying to see Unity empowering so many developers to create such an incredible variety of creative and engaging titles," ..."We're even more proud that so many of these games are seeing such critical and financial success. Congratulations to all of the developers and thank you for making us look so good!"
Unity released the categories in which games made with the Unity engine were out front and ahead of the pack. While it would have seemed like Epic and the Unreal Engine would have taken the cake, it was actually Unity Technologies and their cost-friendly, user-friendly game engine and accompanying apps made with said engine that stood head and shoulders above the rest. Check out the complete list below.
Game of the Year: The Room by Fireproof Games (iPad)
Best Casual Games: Mini Motor Racing by The Binary Mill (iPhone and iPad), Bad Piggies by Rovio (iPhone)
Best New Ways to Play: Slingshot Racing by Snowbolt Interactive (iPhone), Total War Battles by The Creative Assembly (iPhone), Splice: Tree of Lifeby Cipher Prime (iPad), Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin by Press Play (iPad), Beat Sneak Bandit by Simogo (iPad)
Best Fun Runners: Ski Safari by Defiant Development (iPhone and iPad), Pitfall! by Activision (iPhone and iPad)
Best Free to Play Games: CSR Racing by NaturalMotion (iPhone and iPad)
Best Showpiece Games: ORC: Vengeance by Big Cave Games (iPhone), Dead Trigger by Madfinger Games (iPhone and iPad), Air Mail by N-Fusion Interactive (iPhone)
Best Hidden Gems: Triple Town by Spry Fox (iPhone and iPad)
Top Grossing App of the Year, iPhone: Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North by KABAM
Top Paid: Temple Run: Brave by Imangi Studios (iPhone and iPad), Bad Piggies by Rovio (iPhone and iPad)
Top Grossing: Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North by KABAM, CSR Racing by NaturalMotion (iPhone)