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…


Castle Doombad

We're finally back to a normal release schedule in the App Store, and there were plenty of strong new games released this week. However, the one that's captured our attention the most is one that I had never even heard of before it appeared for sale. It's Castle Doombad [$2.99] from Adult Swim Games and Grumpyface Studios. The heart of Castle Doombad is a tower defense game, or even a tower offense game depending on how you look at it. You play as the evil Dr. Lord Evilstein who has kidnapped a princess and stashed her in his castle. Of course, people aren't going to just sit back and let a princess go missing, so a deluge of heroes come banging at your castle doors looking to break in and reclaim the fair maiden.

Well, you wouldn't be very evil if you let them just march in and retrieve her, so you'll dig into your deep bag of traps and tricks and outfit your castle's halls with various types of defenses to keep the heroes away from the princess. Castle Doombad definitely has a heavy Dungeon Keeper feel in the way you plan how to lay out your various traps, or to draw comparison to a more mobile-y title, it's very much like a side-view version of Tiny Heroes [Free], which was a big favorite of mine a few years back. Castle Doombad has plenty of levels to work through in its campaign, and you can even unlock an ultra-difficult endless mode, so it's definitely got some legs. And, as with anything Adult Swim and Grumpyface puts out, the sound, visuals, and overall presentation are all through the roof. This really is a special little game. Check out our five-star review as well as our forums for more, and don't let Castle Doombad pass you by.

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  • Hiraether

    £¥€|{ YES! Well deserved, I love being the dungeon master. /maniacal madman laugh. Lil' laggy on my 3G, but runs well enough.

  • Jake7905

    Though most new tower defense games are stale and uninspired, this game breathes new life into the genre. A very well deserved GOTW.

  • Fangbone

    Great game! Well deserved!

  • arr4ws

    Up there with the best game i played on ios

  • Papa Deuce

    5 different IAP options.... What are they? Extra content? Or consumables?

    • makitango

      Consumables. I like the game but after a while it starts feeling too much like PvZ. Plus, they could have let those pesky IAPs out and I feel like one has to use those buyable power ups from time to time, so it's a little off comparing it to other paid AS games. It's still a good game even though I expected a little bit more from AS, but I guess savegames won't stop getting pimped by cash these days. Also, double currencies belong to freemium games.

  • rich_952000

    Great choice! There were some great releases contending this week.

  • Bloodangel

    A cross between PvZ and dungeon keeper

    • Jake7905

      Don't forget Defender Chronicles.

  • nimu

    Is it worth the 2.99?
    From the looks of it, and TA's review it seems so.

    • ste86uk

      Definitely I've spent hours upon hours on it. Completely agree with GOTW

      • nimu

        Buyin it 😛 thanks!

  • Alex

    There was another type of tower defense just like this done long ago called 'Stop the Knights', and personally, I like that game better. This version has it's pro's though like that the heroes will walk back to destroy things on the same floor. I don't recall them doing that in 'Stop the Knights'.

    'Stop the Knights' was a harder game too and it had goals. Both are good. I can't believe it wasn't mentioned in this review. Guess it was one of those gems that gets overlooked in the AppStore or maybe the writer didn't know about it.

    Either way, I'm just not having as much fun with this one as I did with the other.

    • REkzkaRZ

      Thanks for that info.

  • iManga

    Sad it is not available in my country store

  • worldcitizen1919

    Battle Supremacy for me. To put a game on ios that looks, feels and plays like Far Cry is a feat worthy of GOTW.

  • mike

    No way this could have been better than just released Hoplite, best game I have ever played on iOS, and i've played a lot

    • mike

      but i'll give this a try