The Best iPhone Games Of 2011 Ranked By Apple (PICTURES)

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Apple has announced its picks for a few good apps.

As part of its annual App Store Rewind series, Apple has highlighted the best releases and top sellers across six categories -- music, movies, TV shows, apps, books and podcasts.

Of the more than 500,000 iPhone apps in the iTunes Store, the Cupertino company has showcased just over 100 iPhone apps that Apple loves best. They range from DJ apps and medical imaging apps to photo editors and news readers. Apps have become a booming business for Apple, which said in October that users download over 1 billion apps each and have downloaded more than 18 million apps in total

In addition to presenting the top apps in education, business and weather, among other genres, Apple shone a spotlight on iPhone games. It named both an iPhone app of the year, Instagram, and an iPhone game of the year: Tiny Tower, a free game Apple said "taps our inner Donald Trump," took the top spot as Apple's favorite iPhone game.

Seven other games earned nods from Apple, and we've presented them in the slideshow below. See the iTunes Store for the complete App Store Rewind 2011 rankings, then take a look at the 13 most popular free iPhone apps of the year.

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