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Angry Birds voted "best app ever"

January 27, 2011: 3:00 PM ET

At Macworld, an avian slingshot game wins top spot in seven categories

Source: Chillingo

Angry Birds hardly needs any more accolades.

The game -- in which players use a slingshot to launch small flightless birds at pigs protected by increasingly complex but unstable structures -- dominated Apple's (AAPL) App Store for most of 2010. The $4.99 version is still the store's No. 1 best-selling paid app in both its iPhone and iPad editions and the free version is No. 2 on the free app list.

It's now available on Microsoft (MSFT) Windows, Nokia (NOK) Symbian, Palm (HPQ) webOS, Sony (SNE) Playstation and Mac OS X. The Google (GOOG) Android version was downloaded more than 1 million times in its first 24 hours. All told, more than 50 million copies had flown into circulation by its one-year anniversary in Dec. 2010.

You can buy an Angry Pig board game and Angry Pig plush toys. Now, according to Mikael Hed, CEO of the game's creator, Rovio, there's an animated cartoon show in the works.

The game never knocked me over, but I'm clearly in the minority because on Thursday at Macworld, 148Apps' Jeff Scott announced that the nearly 500,000 users who voted in his third annual best-apps competition have given Angry Birds the top spot in seven categories, including "best app ever."

The full list of winners below the fold.

Best App Ever
Angry Birds, published by Clickgamer.com

Most Innovative App
- iPhone Division Winner :: Word Lens by Quest Visual
- iPad Division Winner :: Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.

Best Visual Design
- iPhone Division Winner :: Camera+ by tap tap tap
- iPad Division Winner :: Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.

Best Use of iOS Hardware
- iPhone Division Winner :: Shop Savvy Barcode Scanner by Big in Japan
- iPad Division Winner :: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC

Best Navigation App
- iPhone Division Winner :: NAVIGON MobileNavigator Europe by NAVIGON AG
- iPad Division Winner :: Waze - Social GPS navigation, traffic & road
reports by Waze Inc.

Best Social Networking App
- iPhone Division Winner :: Instagram by Burbn, Inc.
- iPad Division Winner :: TextNow - Unlimited Free Texting and Picture
Messaging (SMSĀ  by Enflick, Inc.

Best Publication App
- iPhone Division Winner :: Reeder by Silvio Rizzi
- iPad Division Winner :: Instapaper by Marco Arment

Best News App
- iPhone Division Winner :: Stitcher Radio by Stitcher, Inc.
- iPad Division Winner :: Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.

Best Travel App
- iPhone Division Winner :: Where To? - GPS points of interest by FutureTap
- iPad Division Winner :: FlightTrack Pro - Live Flight Status Tracker
by Mobiata by Ben Kazez

Best Productivity App
- iPhone Division Winner :: 2Do: Tasks Done in Style by Guided Ways
Technologies Ltd
- iPad Division Winner :: Todo for iPad by Appigo

Best Musical App
- iPhone Division Winner :: NanoStudio by Blip Interactive Ltd
- iPad Division Winner :: MorphWiz by Jordan Rudess: Wizdom Music, LLC

Best Photography App
- iPhone Division Winner :: Camera+ by tap tap tap
- iPad Division Winner :: Filterstorm by Tai Shimizu

Best Artistic App
- iPhone Division Winner :: Hipstamatic by Synthetic Corp
- iPad Division Winner :: SketchBook Pro by Autodesk Inc.

Best eBook App
- iPhone Division Winner :: iBooks by Apple Inc.
- iPad Division Winner :: iBooks by Apple Inc.

Best Reference App
- iPhone Division Winner :: Articles The Wikipedia App by
Sophiestication Software
- iPad Division Winner :: IMDb Movies & TV by IMDb

Best Educational App
- iPhone Division Winner :: Math Bingo by ABCya.com
- iPad Division Winner :: Math Bingo by ABCya.com

Best Kids App
- iPhone Division Winner :: Grimm's Rapunzel - 3D Interactive Pop-up
Book by Ideal Binary, Ltd.
- iPad Division Winner :: Stack the States by Dan Russell-Pinson

Best Young Adults App
- iPhone Division Winner :: inClass by OneZeroWare
- iPad Division Winner :: iStudiez Pro by Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff

Best Parenting App
- iPhone Division Winner :: iRewardChart: Parents Reward Tracker
Behavior Chore chart by Gotclues, Inc
- iPad Division Winner :: iStudiez Pro by Andriy Kachalo & Michael Balashoff

Most Innovative Game
- iPhone Division Winner :: Angry Birds by Clickgamer.com
- iPad Division Winner :: Osmos for iPad by Hemisphere Games

Best Game Graphics
- iPhone Division Winner :: Real Racing 2 by Firemint Pty Ltd
- iPad Division Winner :: Zen Bound 2 Universal by Secret Exit Ltd.

Best Game Controls
- iPhone Division Winner :: Angry Birds by Clickgamer.com
- iPad Division Winner :: The Incident by Big Bucket Software

Best Multiplayer Game
- iPhone Division Winner :: Fruit Ninja by Halfbrick Studios
- iPad Division Winner :: Pocket Legends (3D MMO) by Spacetime Studios, LLC

Best Casual Game
- iPhone Division Winner :: Angry Birds by Clickgamer.com
- iPad Division Winner :: Super 7 by No Monkeys

Best Action Game
- iPhone Division Winner :: Trucks and Skulls by Appy Entertainment, Inc.
- iPad Division Winner :: Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC

Best Arcade Game
- iPhone Division Winner :: Angry Birds by Clickgamer.com
- iPad Division Winner :: Angry Birds HD by Chillingo Ltd

Best Family Game
- iPhone Division Winner :: Angry Birds by Clickgamer.com
- iPad Division Winner :: Carcassonne by TheCodingMonkeys

Best MMO Game
- iPhone Division Winner :: Pocket Legends (3D MMO) by Spacetime Studios, LLC
- iPad Division Winner :: Pocket Legends (3D MMO) by Spacetime Studios, LLC

Best Retro Game
- iPhone Division Winner :: Commodore 64 by Manomio LLC
- iPad Division Winner :: Sword Of Fargoal Legends by Chillingo Ltd

Best Puzzle Game
- iPhone Division Winner :: Cut the Rope by Chillingo Ltd
- iPad Division Winner :: Edge by Mobigame

Best Racing Game
- iPhone Division Winner :: Real Racing 2 by Firemint Pty Ltd
- iPad Division Winner :: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit for iPad by Electronic Arts

Best Strategy Game
- iPhone Division Winner :: Plants vs. Zombies by PopCap Games, Inc.
- iPad Division Winner :: Sentinel 3: Homeworld by Origin8

Best Word Game
- iPhone Division Winner :: Words With Friends by Newtoy Inc.
- iPad Division Winner :: Word Solitaire HD by Candywriter

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