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The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that's OK. If you disagree with what we've chosen, let's try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

Without further ado…

 

Device 6

I'm not sure that I'm capable of describing Simogo's Device 6 [$3.99], and even if I were, I don't think that I'd want to. With the visual stylings of a '60s Bond flick, and an incredible soundtrack accompanying it, Device 6 is an audio/visual treat that's best experienced completely fresh. Sure you might describe it as a gamebook, or as an interactive novella, or as a puzzle game, or all of those things and more rolled into one. I'm sure you could find some video walkthroughs on YouTube, or pore over the information in our forums, and come away with a better idea of what Device 6 is all about. But don't. Don't spoil this for yourself. (Ok, I take that back, Simogo's own official trailer is safe enough to watch.)

Device 6 is unlike anything else you can play on the App Store, and to really understand its impact, it's best going in fresh. I understand that this writeup is extremely vague, but all I can really say is trust us on this one. Device 6 is one of the most unique experiences you'll have on iOS this year, or heck, any year for that matter. If the thought of unlocking a mystery through clever and unconventional means sounds at all interesting to you, just download Device 6 and dive right in. If I'm wrong and you hate it, well, I'll buy you a beer (or an apple juice, depending on age) next time we run into each other. More than likely though, you'll thank me for forcing you to experience the game without any preconceived notions. Let it surprise you. Let it fascinate you. Let it disturb you. Let Device 6 blow you away. It will get stuck in your mind long after you've completed it, but Device 6 is truly too unique and special not to be our TouchArcade Game of the Week.

  • rmann

    Excellent review. Respectful of the game and your readership. Not enough criticism like this.

  • McCREE

    How long is this game?

  • revolverblue85

    Fantastic game. 2-3 hours depending on how much time you out in and how much trouble some puzzles may give you.

    • B_Dizzo

      2-3 hours? chapter 3 had me for 2-3 hours itself! drove me mad

  • heresandypandy

    It's good, but Indigo Lake for me is miles ahead of this in terms of immersion and production quality. I don't normally complain about game of the week since it's very subjective but I can't help but feel it's been somewhat robbed of the front page headline it deserves here.

    • kirby83

      i dont mean to bash but Indigo Lake doesnt even look half as polished as Device 6. Simogo are tasteful and skilled designers.

      • heresandypandy

        Have you played it through? I'm sorry but it's polished as hell. There are a few (very) minor control niggles but otherwise it's almost AAA quality, especially the latter half of the game. It would be pretty easy to make a case for it being one of the best survival horror titles of the last 5 to 10 years on any format.

      • kirby83

        best survival horror of the last 10 years on any platform? hahaha damn man, and i thought your first comment was bold...

      • Scarbir

        Indigo Lake is fantastic. It's immersive, it's scary as hell, it provides freedom that is as great as it is frightening. It's just... Device 6 is something else.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Indigo Lake is VERY good. But they are also very different games. Like, very, very, very different. Have you played Device 6?

    • monetarydread

      Indigo Lake? Ha! First off, its an FPS on iPhone, and one of the worst controlling ones at that. Second, the game came out in August, so it does not qualify as a new release.

      • Scarbir

        No and no. It just came out this week and it actually is one of the best, if not the best controlling iPhone shooter. I think you're confusing it with an other game.

      • monetarydread

        Go to the app and look at the 'App History,' section. The game was released on August 30th. There was an update this week, that is why it appears to have no reviews.

        Its also an FPS on iPhone. It does not matter how well it controls in comparison to other iPhone FPS's, it still controls like shit. Its just a matter of how willing you are to fighting with the control scheme. Also, as far as control goes, it is mostly inaccurate and frustrating.

        I am not saying that the game is bad, but it would be better suited to a PS Vita than an iPhone. Whereas Device 6 is a game designed for IOS that would be gimped on any other platform. Its more original of a concept, and is executed flawlessly.

  • merrickal

    It's indicated as universal, but I'd like to ask if it's better to play this on a phone or an ipad mini?

    • loox

      I have the same exact question. It looks like it may be better experienced on my iphone 5. But I don't know exactly why I think that (maybe the headphones, maybe the frequent rotations?). Just about all other games are best on my ipad 3. But this one screams iphone to me. Can someone please post their take on this? No spoilers please.

      • revolverblue85

        I used my mini. With the rotating and pictures that are throughout the game, I'd say it's better suited for the ipad.

      • loox

        Thanks so much. Ipad it is!!!

    • witedahlia

      I prefer to play it on my iPad mini as opposed to my phone. Works great on both, though.

  • Handsomeluke

    I know you guys do a lot of TA Plays every week and I love them, I will watch them all and decide what games I am going to get from them, but it would be awesome if you made sure one of those TA plays was of your game of the week.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Pretty sure we have one for every gotw pick except Leisure Suit Larry and Device 6.

      A TA plays for Device 6 really wouldn't work though, so I doubt we'll ever do one for it. Thank you for watching them btw :)

      • HandsomeLuke

        Ok well then bring back kitty corner.

  • JudahJames

    We're on to you! You little scum! ;)

  • Richy23

    I purchased this yesterday and spared 20 minutes to play it yesterday. I'm completely stumped on the first page/puzzle! Really don't want to cave in asking for help or any guides though so will pop it on again in a minute! Excellent game though, very stylish and different!

  • lapin

    The visuals are very nicely done but still this game is bullshit. I was actually excited to play an interesting and a "original" novel/adventure game but it turned out to be a very boring and shallow story with pointless and boring puzzles. Imo calculator app is much more fun to play with.