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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…

 

Jet Car Stunts 2

The original Jet Car Stunts helped define how unique iOS gaming could be way back in 2009. While you might have been convinced that it was a racing game by looking at it, Jet Car Stunts was pretty far off from what you would consider a traditional racer. Instead, it was about getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible on fantastical tracks that defied gravity. An integral part of completing these tracks was making insane jumps from one piece of track to the next, and while airborne, the uniqueness of Jet Car Stunts really showed itself. You literally felt like you were controlling a jet plane using the pinpoint precision of the iPhone's accelerometer, only to (hopefully) land on the other side gracefully as you continued to burn rubber towards the finish line. It was exhilarating, challenging, and a whole lot of fun.

With Jet Car Stunts 2 [Free], developer True Axis hasn't messed with the core formula too much, but they've certainly added a whole lot on top of it. An extensive set of new courses, new vehicles, new game modes and even the ability to create your own tracks means that this is a game that will eat up hours and hours of your free time.

The best part is that Jet Car Stunts 2 is free to play. Not "free-to-play" like so many iOS games out there though, rather the free download is simply like a lite version of the game, offering a very generous chunk of everything that's on offer to give you a proper taste. The options to purchase more content in the game are interesting, albeit a little confusing (something we touch on in our podcast this week). The various game modes are all split into different DLC packs, meaning you can just buy the stuff that interests you most if you wish. However, if you already know you like Jet Car Stunts and want everything the game has to offer, the five dollar Mega Pack is all you'll need to buy.

No matter what amount of DLC you choose to go for, one thing is for sure, and that's that everyone needs to at least download the initial free version of Jet Car Stunts 2 and give it a spin. Whether you're a fan of the original or new to the series, this feels like the definitive Jet Car Stunts experience in every way.

  • rich_952000

    JCS2 is so good that after a new year of promising gaming to come, it will still vie for 2014 GOTY!

  • V for Viennetta

    Have to agree this is a fun & good looking game; a definite improvement on the original one. I just wish the falling to Earth sequences weren't cut quite so short.

    • C. Stubb

      Actually, compares to those of the original, JCS2's invisible "out of bounds" barriers are a lot broader.

  • ginkomanc

    I played it twice and deleted,not my cuppa tea at all,back to clash of clans again

    • Megagator

      Oh, have fun!

    • themostunclean

      I can accept it's not to your liking. I wasn't a big fan of the first one and didn't understand all of the gushing praise so I doubt I'll be putting any time into the sequel.

      I do find that your go-to iOS game being CoC is puzzling though.There are just so many other games that are miles better. If JCS was a 2 star for me, CoC is like a -1,000,000,000. It offers about the same level of value and entertainment as the QVC network.

      • ginkomanc

        Im afraid ur in the minority then,just check the App Store for top grossing games,millions of players cant be wrong and the stats don't lie.;)

      • OrangeJews

        You know who else had millions of followers?

        The Nazis. That's right.

      • flashbackflip

        According to Goodwin's law - who mentions nazis as an argument - loses the whole discussion :)

        Check wikipedia

      • themostunclean

        Sales numbers are never a compelling argument for quality. Before you use "stats" to make your case, you may want to take a look CoC's companions on that list (Candy Crush, Hay Day, Pet Rescue Saga,). Millions of casual players who don't know jack about what a good game is most definitely can be wrong. Unfortunately, 9/10 of the top grossing apps are utter garbage.

        Of course, most of these people only have Facebook gaming to draw comparisons from. To them a game pandering to base greed instincts and making you wait eons for any real progress unless you pay is normal because they don't know any better.

        Also, lazy parents trying to shut their kids up probably accounts for at least 50% of those games' revenue.

      • ginkomanc

        I've gt through 100s of games on my pad,and clash,kingdom rush(both games),are the ones that hav stayed on my device. Im37 yrs old and been gaming since the atari2600 and zx81. I understand about casual games like FIFA and cod for ppl that only go for these games cause they are mainstream,and that's cool if that's wat they like. I tried this game and didn't like it. That was just my opinion. Each week i hav around 4new games that I plough through,and I'm afraid jet weren't one. And for whoever said bout nazis? Grow up

      • themostunclean

        Yeah, that was a little immature. At least you and I can have a debate without name-calling. Sorry that I just can't agree with you. CoC and the many, many games like it are just plain horrible to me. I get no enjoyment from constantly being subjected to sales pitches and timers. It's partially also due to my distaste for the genre in general. I find most games that are popular with casual gamers to be loathsome bores that pander to base impulses like greed and envy.

        I also didn't intend to imply that CoC was exclusively for children. Just that the large amount of its companions on the top grossing list rely on bad parents trying to distract their kids for some of their income. I probably saw at least $500 worth of IAP transactions at my job over the holidays. I've even seen parents put their passwords in and let the kids go hog wild!

    • rewind

      I understand. Clash of clans is far more compelling. I'm not even kidding, I love Clash more than any game.

  • Pivi

    My game of the week is Detective Grimoire, though I'm a sucker for murder mystery adventure games. :-)

  • hkgsulphate

    I am really so glad although its free, its not a freemium game

  • grammatonfeather

    I guess a percentage of people won't understand why the track consists of floating blocks and there are no other opponents. The game reminds me of the old Stunt Car from Geoff Crammond back on the Amiga. That game also featured similar elements and proved to be a lot of fun. Games like this never existed on the PC so their presence on IOS makes them appealing. The PC has Trackmania but that is totally devoid of physics and I found it to be tedious and uninteresting.

    • Lightning Storm

      Exactly. This is the kind of game where it throws you into a pool of nostalgia and let's you party in there. It's the kind of game that's my favorite, and I only wish it had dropped sooner :)

    • newjorg

      Not true. There are in fact racing levels with multiple opponents (super fast, too!), as well as freestyle stunts, time trials etc.

  • Laszlo Tuss

    Seriously no game center and achievements? C'mon, we are in 2014 now... I am a bit dissapointed.
    Still waiting for a game center upgrade for the first JCS.

    • rich_952000

      I agree that GC integration for JCS1 would be awesome since it has OpenFeint which appears to now be defunct. I don't think it's absolutely a must for JCS2, however achievements would be great.

    • Papa Deuce

      I totally don't get why people feel slighted by this. Isn't it about having fun with the games? I mean, cool, if they have it, but why does it matter if they don't?

      • Laszlo Tuss

        Its like a car without a climate.
        It still a car, but something is missing.

    • Fraz@TA

      Wow really? That's a no-buy for me then :(

  • Ramaz1234

    JCS2 is good but Feed Me Oil2 is my gotw.

  • GaZ-OiD

    Only three games to choose from but there could have been thirty, this would have still probably been game of the week and it will be a game of the year contender as well.

  • rabidnz

    Give me buttons

  • rewind

    I don't get it. It looks like some kid's computer programming class project. The game reminds me of when I first learned how to make basic shapes on Unity.

    • rich_952000

      Have you tried the game? It's free to try :)

  • 61050

    i gave this one a solid chance. imnot very good at it which is probably where most of my dislike for it comes from, but im not sure if id like it any better after spending hours getting it down either. i will probably give it some more time though. the tilt controls are great, it didnt cost anything at this point, and im not being mocked by pixelated graphics on a machine capable of giving us infinity blade 3.

    • webman2k

      You can't really compare this to infinity blade. That game is mostly a tech demo. It's probably the most grindy, repetitive thing I've ever played, and that goes for all three.

      Visuals don't impress me in games. I see movies for visuals. In a game, I want a challenge, so etching that makes me use my brain. To me, this, is a game. It's not about graphics, although it has some very nicely lit shapes ;). The point here isn't to look at pretty things. It's to get your car to the finish without falling off. If your I to competition, it's also about how fast you can do that.