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…



This week, a really cool game caught our attention called Bardbarian [Free] from Bulkypix and TreeFortress. We've commented in the past many times that games which take several different elements of different genres and blend them together can work towards creating a unique and fun experience. Bardbarian does exactly that. You control a warrior by running around an arena, sort of like a dual-stick shooter like Minigore and the like. Except your warrior doesn't do much attacking himself, rather, he plays music with his "axe" (literally an axe turned into a lute) and that encourages a band of different classes of characters to follow him around and do the fighting for him. It reminds me a lot of how you get a long snake of characters in NimbleQuest, and each class of character has their own set of attacks and special abilities.

Your goal is to fend off waves of enemies who approach from the side of the screen with the intent of destroying your town's giant crystal. Here, this part of the game plays something like a castle or tower defense game as you try to take out the enemies before they reach the crystal. The various characters who are fighting for you can all be upgraded as can your own warrior and the town you're fighting in. It creates a mashup of different gameplay styles that just absolutely works, and Bardbarian has that special something that makes it hard to stop playing. There's a single-player campaign to work through which should keep you busy for quite a while, but then there's an endless survival mode to ensure you can keep on going with Bardbarian for a long time to come. Definitely check it out, it's not one you should miss.

  • Ramaz1234

    .... I give up

    • Ramaz1234

      Nvm game looks really cool

      • Eli Hodapp

        Thanks for posting a knee jerk comment either way.

      • Ramaz1234

        Just got the game and I'm loving it

      • Mike Gaboury

        I'm glad you were able to convince yourself to change your initial reaction. I promise the game is at least okay!

      • Phoenix24

        The name and icon did not grab me, and I would have surely overlooked this if not for TA. Read the thread, bought the game, and the doubler. Loving the whole experience and great kudos to the devs who clearly care about their game and community. Thanks TA for helping to promote quality games by indie devs like this. Everyone should check out the trailer and buy this now. Shame I already voted for Shadow Blade πŸ™

  • Shawn Blais

    As one of the 2 devs, I just shit my pants. THANK YOU!!!

    • Mike Gaboury

      As the artist, I shit his pants too!

      • QuarterSwede

        Oh my ... Burst out laughing in bed next to my trying to get to sleep wife. Best comment of the month!

      • armilla


      • jeja

        Agreed. I don't care if this actually is the artist or not, but I'm gonna buy the game simply because of that comment.

      • LarryWP

        I love honesty, I'm buying the game cause of the laughs I'm having here. πŸ™‚

      • Guest

        As your pants, I'd ask to be washed please. All kidding aside, great game team, very enjoyable !

      • echo_pdx

        :lol:, +1 sale

  • Fangbone

    This is an awesome game! Well deserved!

  • themostunclean

    The survival mode is actually separate from the forthcoming endless mode which looks to add endless runner to the mashup of styles. Can't wait!

  • shdwstar2417

    This game wasn't even reviewed though .

    • echo_pdx

      Not at all unprecedented. Doesn't mean they won't.

  • Bool Zero

    Such a fun and inventively different game... It deserves the pick!

  • TheRybka

    Okay, so a summary of the game mechanics. Cool. How about a review about the game itself?

  • NOEN

    So far this is my favorite game of the week. There's a few others that I haven't tried yet due to not being able to put this one down. It's a true gem. I hope to see more from these developers in the future.........and more added to the game! More, more, MORE!

    • Mike Gaboury

      Cheers! Thanks so much for being addicted to our game πŸ˜€ We're already talking about what we can add, dont you worry!

      • loophole

        Umm yeah this is pretty much a classic:) great job guys!

  • ramon31


  • rewind

    Developers responding to articles is one of the main reasons for me buying a game. It's a sign that they're on top of things, aware of complaints, and simply proud of themselves. Oh, and shitting your pants? I'm sold.

    • Mike Gaboury

      If you like us shitting your pants you should come hang out in the office, it's how we get things done!

      We use toucharcade ourselves in filtering and finding gems amongst the thousands of clones/shovelware/paywall demos in the app store, so we know how important it is for people like us to see that we value our own product. We're damn proud of this game and we will do our best to address any problems a potential fan would have with it, and offer reasoning for the decisions we made πŸ™‚

      We love games.

      • rewind

        Wow. I've played it for only 5 minutes but it looks amazing. I like the sarcasm with the walking as well. Good night and great game.

    • echo_pdx

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who bought this game because of the shitting of devpants.

      • HelperMonkey

        Coming soon: "Bardbarian #2: The Shitting of Devpants"

  • DtheGOPkiller

    Looking forward to downloading this in 5-4-3-2-........ Ok downloading. Can't wait! This is why TA is important. I would probably have looked this game over. I trust TA and if they say its good it's worth the $ to find out. The trailer looks like games I like. A game doesn't always have to be a massive epic to be a insanely awesome game. Bug Hero's is in my top 5 all time ever games period. Little unique games made by people who themselves love games are the best. Will let you guys know how I like it.

  • ste86uk

    I completely agree with GOTW again! I hope the review holds off until the update though.

  • DtheGOPkiller

    So far it's really fun and addictive. Has that unique only on a iOS device kind of a feel to it. And at .99 cents? Great great deal! I bought the .99 golden axe just to support the Devs because this game is easy worth $1.98! Well done devs well done! Look forward to more content. This game can have legs. I would be happy to pay for certain future updates like other worlds and such.

  • Wizard_Mike

    With Shadow Blade being released, I didn't give this or any other game that came out this week a second thought. After reading this and watching the trailer, I'm on my way to the app store to buy it! Thanks for not letting me miss this one! πŸ™‚

    • Wizard_Mike

      Oh my pants, this game is the shit!

  • StealthDawg

    Just a quick note for the TA team: thank you for covering games of the week as well. I love love these articles. Great coverage for these awesome devs. Helluva game. I'm loving it.

  • Kugiro

    I'll be honest, I wasn't going to give this game a look but with the random defecations happening.....

  • Jay G

    You had me at "reminds me a lot of how you get a long snake of characters in NimbleQuest".

  • Rasec Noir

    One more purchase. Didn't had this game under
    My radar but this all epic conversation and the trailer video made my mind and i love the attention to details your game has.

    I even purchased the golden axe because i loved all the details you did.

  • DtheGOPkiller

    Only issue I have so far is that the game freezes after loading the store after dying. Didn't start to happen until later in the game. Saves my loot and progress at least. But gets a bit annoying. But I am sure the devs will fix real soon. It's not a deal breaker. The game is a really really fun game. Loving the art the style and gameplay.

    • jontas

      I have the same issue, only started happening after I'd played pretty far in (I love it though). In case it is helpful this is happening on an iPad air.

    • Shawn Blais

      Hey guys, a temp fix for this is to just sign out of GameCentre, sorry for the hassles, a fix is comin shortly.... Shawn@treefortress

  • urban083

    To the developer: LOVE your game. Had a few glitches so far though. Randomly there are times I am playing in story mode where the stun feature does not charge at all. Also the game seems to freeze after my hero dies or the town I destroyed. This happens after my iphone5c is rebooted. Wanting to help. Great game keep it up!

    • urban083

      *is destroyed. Dang autocorrect

  • urban083

    Also thank you TouchArcade for featuring this great game that I probably wouldn't have come across otherwise.

  • king_vidiot

    Says optimized for iPhone 5 but will it play ok on an iPhone 4 (no S)? I know I should get a new phone.

    • dragon2777

      Optimized for iPhone 5 in the store listing means it has the "tall" resolution for the different size screen on the 5. I am sure it runs fine on other devices

    • Shawn Blais

      It's a bit spotty on the 4 tbh, still playable but not butter smooth like the newer devices.

  • dragon2777

    One of the nicest things is that even though there are iAP in a pay game they make sense and are for a decent amount of gold. I bought the gold axe and the 100k coins being a developer myself just to help you guys out. The ratio of what you get for the price is really good most games give you enough to make one or two upgrades for an iAP unless you spend like 60$ this was almost my whole hero and a bunch more upgrades to units. Good job on making an iAP not feel like a ripoff