“Contre Jour continues to gain prestigious recognition worldwide for its enchanting gameplay, mesmerizing environments and beautifully orchestrated soundtrack," said Chris Byatte, Co-General Manager and Co-Founder of Chillingo on hearing about the award.
This challenging physics-based puzzler takes some of its inspiration from World Of Goo, and its striking, minimalist, monochromatic design and hypnotic piano music has caused some sections of the media to refer to it as interactive art.
Controlling an blob-like creature named “Petit,” players have to move through over 60 levels collecting small lights, while working out how to reach the exit using both environmental and character manipulation.
Using the touchscreen, players can intuitively change the shape of the environment, making hills into dips to manoeuvre the blob, while attaching stretchy black elastic tentacles – suspended in the air - to the likeable creature and then swinging him around like a pendulum to the exit point.
The goal is to remain alive and collect bonus points for collecting lights and finishing each level quickly. The gameplay is instantly accessible, the touchscreen lends itself perfectly to the physics-based movement, and trying to master portals, slingshots and blowers is extremely challenging.
Apple has also revealed the top apps across a variety of categories. Burbn’s free photo sharing app Instagram was named “iPhone App of the Year,” while Nimblebit’s Tiny Tower took the accolade of best free game on the smartphone.
Adele won iTunes artist of the year and the excellent photo app Snapseed was named as iPad app of the year.
For a full list of winners of this year's App Store Rewind 2011 head to iTunes.
* Contre Jour won iPad game of the year in UK, France, Germany, Italy, Nederland, Spain, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.