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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…

 

Meltdown

This was an especially tough week to choose just one Game of the Week. I had to resist the urge of simply linking to our Wednesday night release post and our Thursday release post and going "Welp, just take your pick, bye!" But, there are lots of weeks where many great games are released, and that would be the easy way out. That said, there was one release this week that we just seemed to kept playing, talking about, and always going back for more. That release is Meltdown [$1.99] from Phenomenon Games and BulkyPix.

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Meltdown is an isometric dual-stick shooter with randomly-generated levels and a slick weapon and character upgrading system. There's a 30 level single-player campaign to play through, and with each enemy you kill you'll earn both coins and experience to go towards your weapon upgrading and leveling up. There are two weapon slots and a melee weapon slot, and a nice selection of different weaponry to use. Each of the weapons have their own different skill trees so you can choose which direction you want to go in terms of what aspects to upgrade. Similarly, your character has a few different sets of attributes you can choose to focus on to cater him to your own taste.

Now, listing out the features of Meltdown, it doesn't seem like it has anything that some other games might have, and that's definitely true. It's not reinventing the wheel here or anything. What Meltdown does have is harder to put into words. There's just… something about it that keeps drawing you in. Getting a pop-up that you've leveled up or knowing you've gained enough coin to buy that weapon you've had your eye on is very satisfying. Also, the enemy AI is actually very good in Meltdown, so it takes a lot of strategy and skill to do well as opposed to some other shooters which feel more mindless.

Besides all that, one huge draw of Meltdown is its multiplayer component. It features up to 4-player cooperative play online, and since it doesn't rely on Game Center for this, you can very easily drop in and out of games at will. This is a fun game to play by yourself, but throw three buddies in the mix and it's an absolute riot. There definitely can be some improvement in this area, though, like the ability to host private rooms or invite specific friends. A competitive mode is in the works too, and the prospect of some free-for-all or team deathmatch Meltdown has me salivating.

Our forums have been going pretty nuts over Meltdown since the moment it was released, and after spending a great chunk of the past two days playing myself, I can totally see why. Sure, it looks pretty standard on the surface and there are definitely some rough edges, like a few crash bugs and some weirdness with connecting to multiplayer, but those issues are already being ironed out and in terms of how much fun I've had playing a game this week Meltdown trumps the competition. It looks great, it plays great, and it has an excellent online multiplayer. And it feels like it can only go up from here.

  • Ramaz1234

    Wow

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      • Dammster

        Go to hell. Even with your best friends step-mother.

  • Pocketnova

    Very well deserved! In a week with a couple big titles, I'm glad this one made it. Such a good game.

  • themostunclean

    I really pity you having to choose between this and Rayman. Fair choice, would have come down to the flip of a coin for me.

    • zombierevolver

      Or appcake :)

      • themostunclean

        Yes, let's support devs getting shafted and the forced continuation of freemium to combat piracy.

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        NoooOooOoooOoooO!
        Don't say that, that's BAD!

  • Kugiro

    If only it didn't crash so much just trying to use THAT BIG DRAW.

  • revolverblue85

    Really torn on getting this. Can't stop playing football heroes. Just worried about the crashes and my mini.

    • revolverblue85

      Went ahead and bought and having a flipping blast. It's completely different than any dual stick I've ever played. Definitely see why it got gotw!

  • Xissoric

    Don't get it if you have an older device, it crashes on the first level. The devs say they're working on optimizing it, so hopefully that'll be fixed sometime soon.

  • sakara214ever

    I have to agree. Between Meltdown and Rayman i would have a difficult time to decide but i believe i would choose Meltdown...

  • Adsinjapan

    There's one thing that nobody seemed to point out yet though, and that's the music.

    This is probably the only game on the AppStore that is deserving of a solid dubstep soundtrack. It all just adds to the fun of the gun-toting mayhem! :D

  • Adsinjapan

    There's one thing that nobody seemed to point out yet though, and that's the music.

    This is probably the only game on the AppStore that is deserving of a solid dubstep soundtrack. It all just adds to the fun of the gun-toting mayhem! :D

  • zombierevolver

    Time to download this game from appcake. Arggg!

    • DannyTheElite

      Please ban this guy

  • Wave_Rider99

    Rayman, looks stunning and it's made for mobile, controls are flawless

    • Jake7905

      Meltdown was also made for mobile.

      • Wave_Rider99

        But meltdown would work better with a controller, which ios does not have yet

      • Jake7905

        I agree, Meltdown would work better with a controller but so would a lot of games, including Rayman. Even though the touchscreen controls for Rayman are great, nothing beats the feel of real controls.

  • one.sixty.four

    Great choice! Great game, especially on the Apple TV.

  • Jake7905

    Best new game: Meltdown
    Best sequel: Pacific Skies

  • http://www.jugarjugar.net/ Jugar Jugar

    That's great. I really enjoy the look of this game. It offers something great for players

  • 1uc4

    So much fun. Easy to lvl up skills and weapons making iap completely unnecessary.