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…

 

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Perhaps this is the over-obvious choice, but I really can't think of a more impressive new release this week than Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [$6.99]. This was sort of the magnum opus of the PlayStation 2 era when it launched way back in 2004, pushing the limits of what was possible on the hardware at the time and also pushing the limits of what gamers could expect from an open-world game in terms of sheer depth and variety. There is just so much to do in GTA: San Andreas that you could very easily dump hundreds of hours into it without even finishing the main storyline. The iOS version is everything the original game was and more, with much-improved visuals, slightly tweaked missions to make it more mobile-friendly, and fantastic virtual controls. And, if you don't jive with virtual controls, you can even use an MFi game controller, but I actually find myself preferring the virtual button setup.

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As we said in our review of GTA: San Andreas, there's not a whole lot to say about the game that hasn't been said already many times over. It's simply a masterpiece of the early millennium gaming generation, and holds up incredibly well even today. The version released for iOS feels like the definitive version, and had you told me back in 2004 I'd be playing such a game on a tiny computer that slides easily into my pocket, my head would have exploded several times over. Simply put: if you like Grand Theft Auto in any way, shape or form, you need the iOS port in your life, and then you need to kiss your free time goodbye as you get lost in the world of San Andreas. I'm really curious to see what else Rockstar has planned now that all three of the open-world GTAs from the PS2 era are released, and I'm really hoping they consider building an original GTA for iOS from the ground up, but until then enjoy the splendor that is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on your iOS device..

  • ODMay

    Best game on iOS.

    • free2play4eva

      Not at that price....

      • Jazzyjesus

        Enjoy your sucky freemium games idiot

      • themostunclean

        Obviously a troll with that profile name. Or an inbred, idiotic waste of skin. Wait, their the same thing! So either way, you're an idiot buddy.

      • free2play4eva

        Some counter argument that is...resorting to name calling...give me one good reason why this shouldn't be free?

      • MooKings

        Developers put hard work into this game.

      • free2play4eva

        Yeah...over a decade ago.

      • Edwin Ramirez

        Adjusting a decade old graphics engine to run on iOS. Creating a new control scheme without buttons. Creating higher res textures. Optimizing load times and draw distance.

        The list could go on about how much work they must have invested in this game. You can't possibly be that ignorant and believe this game came to iOS effortlessly.

      • themostunclean

        You deserve to be called names. Grow up.

      • dariusjr98

        Not that I'm siding with that obvious troll, but man, your comment is so ironic that I think it might be Iron Man.

      • GameExp3rt

        Well it's classic and u have no childhood

  • TheGrimCreeper

    It's an amazing time killer in school, except for when it crashes.

    • Gucciipad

      Lmao I died during a mission. The app crashed. I restarted the app. I magically passed the mission.

  • TheGrimCreeper

    Also, I find it 2x easier than the console version. Everything is more direct, and at your command with a single touch.

    • themostunclean

      Yeah, and the insanely great frame rate doesn't hurt either.

    • Anotherworld

      Damn that sucks...hope the Android version hits soon also. Cannot wait to play it.

      • JPalto

        Android next week baby!!!

      • surirav

        IT hit next week for android. But i played on android but graphics is not so good on ios device. And gameplay is Aldo not so smooth.

        I played on s4

      • Anotherworld

        Android will get the same graphics...Snapdragon 800 chip are very powerfull. GS4 uses a Snapdragon 600..I got a Note 3.

      • ihd1234567890

        I have no clue what Apple device your playing on then, as there is no lag unless at least 10+ cars get stuck in traffic jams.

      • themostunclean

        Like I said, it's great on my iPhone 5 but I did notice some big frame drops on an iPad 2 when first coming outside from a building and while moving around during a phone call. Also had a couple if crashes on the 2. On my phone it's gorgeous though.

  • NOEN

    Rebuilding the original GTA for iOS is actually a great idea.

  • Adsinjapan

    Meh, cant say I'm all that bothered about this game. I was barely interested in the GTA franchise when it all started out. I have GTA 5, and I'm enjoying it, but I don't really see the appeal of the previous incarnations. When they make an original GTA title for iOS, then I might pick it up.
    This time round, the Game of the Week was too obvious. I get that it's a good game, but a port of an existing title just cheapens it all for the original titles out there.

    • bigjack66

      No it doesn't

    • mclifford82

      I agree with your point that these Games of the Week should be reserved for original iOS titles, this being TouchArcade and all.

      That being said, I find it difficult to argue with this selection, just like I won't argue when Final Fantasy VI's port gets Game of the Week whenever that drops. Some titles just dominate the discussions, downloads and playtime each week and this one is the grand daddy for this week.

      • ihd1234567890

        Plus, GTA: San Andreas just got the discount of your life. A full-fledged console game for $7? Even if you weren't a fan., why won't you take the offer? Rockstar is simply a console/PC maker, and I see no reason for Rockstar to put their time into making an original title for iOS when they can just focus on the big stuff.

      • free2play4eva

        Should have been free really!

      • pajman sarafzadeh

        They should pay me in fact to play this awesome game. Everyone knows dev`s don`t deserve money for there work. (Yes I am being sarcastic).

        7$ for a 40-60 hr AAA game makes this a pretty awesome deal. Doesnt hurt that its the best looking version of the game. I kind of wish the combat was a little meatier though, at least closer to the orriginal but its a compromise I can live with.

        Games like this is what`s making mobile the dominant gaming machines of this generation.

      • free2play4eva

        Work? Its a straight conversion with a few controls added on top! They made their money...make it free!

      • pajman sarafzadeh

        Are you kidding. The core team left GTA V for like a month for this. They probably made 1000 builds to get it just right, not to mention new textures, new code just to make it work on ios, and for touchscreen. Optimization had to be redone, QA testing, your looking at 100 plus full time employees at least a month.

        And all there charging is 7$

        At 7$ with no adds, no IAP, they are giving it away.

      • AJShadowz

        Some people are so obtuse that they think their smarter than everyone else. Yet their not even smart enough to truly see just how simple minded they are. If I were an imbecile, I'd hope u be as stupid as you so I wouldn't ever be intelligent enough to realize just how stupid I am. Lol good luck with your free to pay. I hope you candy crush ur way to the top micromind.

      • free2play4eva

        AJ that didn't even make sense....pajman that's interesting do you have a link for that?

      • Edwin Ramirez

        You actually think there's a magical PS1 CD to iOS IPA converter? One that adjusts a decade old graphic engine to run on a totally different platform, magically enhances textures to a higher res for our retina screens and optimizes load times and draw distances.

        Damn, please tell usin whatever programming languaje you work on that simply works on anything you put it on.

  • arr4ws

    Grove street 4 life yo!

  • zipsesh

    I'm surprised they haven't done GTA and GTA2 yet. Those seem more appropriate on iOS than anything else.
    Now that all these are out, I'd like to see Manhunt :)

    • aMc

      Yes manhunt 1 & 2 please!! And I wouldn't mind the Warriors too!

  • Atomos

    I'd be surprised if we didn't see the Liberty City or Vice City Stories games next on their list for porting over.

  • anabolicMike

    You've gone commercial! Sellouts! Posers!! Hipsters!!!' Yeah you heard me! Hipsters play GTA San Andreas! Damn hipsters. Should got rid of you all during Vietnam.

    • somedumbgamer

      Quit being a douche

      • somedumbgamer

        And show some respect for our vets, ahole Mike

      • br4nd0n

        He's on anabolics, he needs to rage.

      • Sgiandubh

        I'm assuming, rightly or wrongly, it's a GTA V reference (Michael & Trevor conversation).

  • Devok

    So much more better and popular than GTA 5.

    • hourglass

      Not more popular.

      Never more popular.

      GTA 5 made a billion dollars in a DAY. A DAY. San Andreas wasn't even close to as popular.

      • surirav

        Not so popular because ps3 wasn't put yet so.
        IT was only for PS2 and xbob that few people own iT.
        But 9 years later, more than 100 m own Xbox 360 and ps3. And graphics are better.

      • Laszlo Tuss

        GTA 5 is way more popular because the hype what the fans generate, and they are here because of the great predecessors.

        In its time, GTA SA was just as great and popular as GTA 5 is now.

        BTW, More than 2-3x PS2 was sold (and they stil sold now) then PS3. And both old console version of GTA San Andreas could play on their successor without any problems.

      • Weewoo312

        Lol PS2 not popular? It sold over 150 mil in its generation. You don't know what the hell you're talking about.

      • Edwin Ramirez

        GTA 5's popularity is thanks to San Andreas and the games before it.

  • MrKershaEsq

    10 yo game wins gotw.

    Fixed

    • MrKershaEsq

      Maybe play continue9876554210?

  • ImJPaul

    Am I the only one who absolutely HATES the driving controls?! I LOVE this game but the buttons are so small and I've tried moving them around all over the place. Any solutions? Ideas?

    • HungarianUrinalCakes

      You can enlarge the buttons by double tapping them (make sure they have room to expand). It helps to enlarge and separate the steering buttons.

      • Laszlo Tuss

        That name

      • ImJPaul

        Oh. I didn't know you could enlarge them. This helps tremendously. Thank you. And yes. That name is crucial.

      • Sidgoku123

        That's what she said...have a good day.

      • themostunclean

        If button size is an issue, don't use buttons. The flick controls let you basically use the entire left side of the screen for steering and reduce clutter of the UI.

    • PHUCKO

      Use the swipe controls. so much easier.

  • shinydisco

    Does anyone know how to do the combat roll? I keep doing it accidentally.

    • aMc

      I think it does it on its own when you are shooting and in crouch it happened to me a few times while in combat but not in the shooting tutorial. What I want to know is what the hell is the lock for when ur in a car??

      • Utfan

        That happens when you're in a low rider. It puts the whole shaking thingy on lock so your car will start bouncing with each turn and movement.

  • orangecan

    Are the controls significantly better than the other iOS GTAs then? As much as I love them I just haven't been able it get into any of them on my touch simply because as well implemented as they are they're still not good enough for this kind of game.

    • armilla

      I'm wondering the same thing - thoughts, anyone?

      • chriscambell

        Personally I found the driving controls for Vice City MUCH better than what I've encountered in SA.

    • dudewelcome

      Absolutely. The other ones were substantially more slippery, and Vice City's car mechanics were nearly uncontrollable. The touch screen surface will always remain as it is, which inevitably raises problems such as fingers slipping off of buttons that will never truly be resolved (or at least without modifying accessories, of course) but the San Andreas controls feel a great deal more natural than the previous ps2 ports did

    • Endscrypt

      This is what I'm really enjoying about San An, I had no intentions of buying it for one I've played them all, and I've never felt imo the games worked on touch screen but hey this one does and it does it well. Don't let it put you off the game if that's all that's all that's holding you back dive in and enjoy the memories, I forgot just how great this game was, total masterpiece enjoy!

  • glantzp

    I was pulling for The Room 2.

  • LiberachiX

    They should port GTA 4 next (compatible with iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 only lol)

    • B3nlok

      Unlike many folks around here who think GTA SA will be the last one on iOS, I will go ahead and say the trend continues and GTA 4 should be here next year (for A7 devices and up), followed by GTA 5(!) in 2015. That is of course assuming nothing really ground breaking happens in the meantime and the state of mobile industry remain as it is.

      • GUILTIE

        I would be shocked at GTA IV's release and stunned at V's. Maybe years down the line but these 360/PS3 titles won't run on a mobile phone for some time.

  • docash59

    So that mean you van still fly planes and helicopter in the IOS version? <3

  • free2play4eva

    I wish it was free the price is high...

    • Weewoo312

      Yea, I can tell by your name. People like you is what ruins mobile gaming.

      • ᏞᎬᎧ

        No everybody is rich. So keep crap to yourself.

      • Dammster

        So you stole your iDevice which is worth a few hundred of dollars?

      • themostunclean

        Wow, I have the price of a Big Mac meal in my wallet. I must be rich!

        The Internet would be so much nicer if keyboards could shock people when they write idiotic comments.

      • free2play4eva

        Yeah you should be shocked for thinking that your country is the only place in the world....

        Open your eyes!

      • Edwin Ramirez

        Stupid comments come from all over the world.

        Even so, we manage to buy our iDevices despite living in the third world and 7 dollars is still a low price for such a great game.

      • Edwin Ramirez

        So you bought an iDevice which must have cost you several hundred dollars but you're too poor to buy a 7 dollar game?

  • dancj

    And "people like you is what ruins" the English language.

  • Dueler

    If $7 is too much for a game then whatever you spent on your iphone is too much ya friggen idiots.

    • free2play4eva

      Rockstar made their money on this game already there is no reason why this isn't free!

      • dancj

        Yes. Because it takes zero effort to port a game to a new platform.

      • free2play4eva

        It doesn't take much effort no...price is too high so no buy.

      • Dammster

        So don't buy it. Easy.

      • Edwin Ramirez

        You gotta a link for that? One that explains how easy and automatic it is to export a full console game to a mobile platform?

      • Lakers_Dodgers310

        If $7 is expensive for you...then you really need a better job or stop playing games altogether. This game is cheaper than a movie and is about the price of a large combo at McDonald's.

        I've played the game and it's worth every penny. You haven't even played it and yet you are complaining smh.

      • free2play4eva

        $7 could feed me for a week here......obviously you have lots of money to throw at things...try throwing that money at people who are in need :)

      • NinjaKitteh

        Where is here for you? Also it does take quite an effort to port games. GTAIV when ported to PCs took a tremendous amount of work to port and was still buggy as crap until the community stepped up and created patches for it, and that was from 360 to PC, both MSOFT products. I'd imagine it would be even harder to go from PS2 to iOS.

      • themostunclean

        Here is in his mom's basement.

      • free2play4eva

        I live in one of the poorest places on earth and I won my iDevice in a competition so yes 7 dollars does go a long way here....I'm sure apple helped rockstar a lot in porting the game and it should be free as rockstar is not small/one man band developer.

        Freemium is not synonymous with low quality.

      • Diaboliq

        Yet you have the Internet..... Stop trolling every commenter.... Already reported, GL

      • NinjaKitteh

        As you didn't state where you're actually from I call shenanigans. You're a lier, probably some snotty kid living in his mom's basement in Hoboken. Go away.

      • free2play4eva

        Funny you report me but it's you people who throw insults and act like kids....hypocritical first world fools.

      • themostunclean

        Your full of it. If you're so poor and in a third world country then is hope you'd have better things to do than sit around commenting on articles. You're a lying piece of garbage.

      • Edwin Ramirez

        "Freemium is not synonymous with low quality."

        True, but those two concepts sure like to hang out together.

      • Edwin Ramirez

        If $7 dollars can feed you for a week then how much did you have to starve to buy yourself an iDevice?

        Where is here?

        Better yet, remember (and memorize it): Gaming is a luxury. You should concentrate on securing food and housing instead of wasting precious money on Internet access, mobile games, and expensive cellphones.

  • NinjaKitteh

    As much as I love San Andreas, and I love it. Shadow of the Colossus was certainly the PS2s magnum opus. It pushed the hardware farther than any other game, even surpassing XBOX graphics, which were arguably better than the PS2s for the most part.

  • Aram Chemishkian

    Hope they add some kind of multiplayer. Now dat would be freakin awesome

    • Diaboliq

      Yeah that won't happen

      • Aram Chemishkian

        Ya probably not

  • GrumpyM

    These are great games, but they are also some of the most expensive games ever made (GTA V was the most expensive). I am not sure iOS has the economy of sale to support a built-for-iOS game, at least if it is going to be similar in size, scope, and quality.

    So, enjoy the console ports. And thank your console brethen for paying and subsidizing the eventual release of awesome games like this for $6 on your mobile platform.

    • Edwin Ramirez

      Not every mobile game costs $1. iOS has proven to be profitable for even higher priced games.

  • Leo69

    Awesome game !! I just wonder , How do you reload your gun when your in a tight situation , and will there be cheats ??

  • funny_man_vanya

    Does anyone think they might release some of the newer gta games in the next ten years or so as mobile devices become more and more powerful? What does everyone think think are the odds of, say, GTA IV coming out on iOS one day?

  • smiffee666

    totally agree that this is gotw, superb port and i've bought 3 and vc, this is without a doubt the best of the bunch so far, still, it can be frustrating with touch controls sometimes but this controls excellently with the virtual stick option for me, pullin some sick tricks on the bmx that you can't really do with left and right arrows, endo's bunny hops n wheelies round tha block ha ha, 100 bucks a time, ez money! money well spent on this. grove street 4 eva

  • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

    Quick comment (haven't seen it addressed) -- anyone wanna say anything about the VIOLENCE LEVEL of this game?

    Maybe it's unpopular to say that games which model real-world violence COULD impact how people act in real-world (esp mentally imbalanced folks), but I'll say it.
    Furthermore, where I live, a kid went to school with a shotgun, sword, homemade pipebombs, and a chainsaw. He got tackled by a teacher before he could hurt anyone.
    And guess what game he was playing *obsessively* just prior to the attack?

    I'm not saying violent gaming creates weird school killers -- but I am saying "gee, isn't it interesting how so many mentally unbalanced killers seem to be playing GTA or similar just prior to going on a violent rampage"?

    • http://vladizorov.info/ Vladislav Zorov

      A shotgun, sword, pipebombs AND a chainsaw? Nice troll LOL :D

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        Overkill -- but not for most videogames.
        (been playing Borderlands2 - my toon has > 10 guns at a time, and a ton of varied ammo, plus grenades & an axe.)

    • NinjaKitteh

      I'd imagine the violence level of this game was addressed 9 years ago when it came out.

      To address your issue though, people are going to be violent regardless of input if they are so inclined. That said, berating a medium because the tiniest of fractions of the population can't handle it is the cowards way out. It's how people lost their rights with the Patriot Act. Cowardice is so much worse than even violence is.
      If you yourself feel you can't handle such violent games I say don't play them. If they're communicating with the voices in your head to do wrong than get professional help. The vast majority of us have no problems distinguishing what is reality and what isn't.

      • Brrrice

        There have been studies on this many times , and they all lean toward violence in video games NOT having affect on real-world actions. Though I don't know the sources of these surveys, or if they are accurate by what you mean, i think that if your a mentally challenged sociopath who wants to take over the world, it may have an affect. But an over-looked high school kid plays this game, he might learn a few things, but going into a school guns-blazing, thats basically crumpling up your life and throwing it in the nearest hell-hole. So if you want enjoyment, you play the game. If i were depressed, i'de personally play a different genre of game.

        Just my thoughts. No hate intended.

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        I agree with you that Patriot Act was really a mask to rob people of hard-earned freedoms, particularly privacy & protection from unnecessary searches.

        I have no problem with violent video games, except whether they are 'fun' or 'entertaining' -- or just glamorizing violence.

    • somedumbgamer

      Your viewpoint may be perceived as a bit ignorant

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        Asking the question & whether there's a link.
        Felt compelled to point out that something might be there.
        NOT saying anything seems ignorant, no?

    • clompah

      What game did the Romans play? I want to know what caused their violence. And the Greeks. They must have played very violent games. And don't get me started on the one genghis khan played. Man I dint know games could get that violent.

      • Vertoxis

        Everyone knows the Romans based all their violence on Rome total war...

        wait.. they didnt?!?!?

        Everyone knows criminals of the 1960's based their crime on GTA...

        Oh wait.. they didnt?!?

    • Vertoxis

      You do realize in the most recent shooting, the last game he played (which was still in his console) .. was Katamri Demacy?

      yes the japanese ball rolling game.......

      Hitler was a vegetarian painter...

      Stalin painted too

      BAN PAINTING IT OBVIOUSLY INCITES GENOCIDE - conclusion drawn by your theory

      By the way, shotgun,sword,pipebomb, and chain saw

      Those were the items the character from the MOVIE<-------------- Evil Dead used ...."This is my BOOMSTICK!"

      Sorry but.. good try on your troll... that would of made news... and google is not returning any news on it

    • Vertoxis

      So what kind of real world violence is Mario brothers modeling?

      Concidering that was one of the most played games of another "Crazy" that went on a rampage..

      With how far off your claims are... and your lack of sources to back it...im waiting for you to claim that the Oklahoma City Bomber was addicted to Bomberman on Super Nintendo

  • macsmister

    Next I want Red Dead Redemption for iOS please. ^^

  • TERABITDEFIANCE

    just buy and play the game if you want it for free well too bad