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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…

 

Bug Heroes 2

When the original Bug Heroes launched just over three years ago, it took the typically shallow dual-stick shooter genre and amped it up with elements of tower defense and an RPG-like character progression system. It went on to be one of my all-time favorites, and it set a high benchmark for any dual-stick shooters to follow it. In fact, nothing has ever quite captured the same magic of Bug Heroes for me in the three years since its release. Until, of course, the long-awaited sequel Bug Heroes 2 [$1.99] launched this week.

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Bug Heroes 2 offers the same satisfying action and strategy of the original, but amped up in every way possible. A huge roster of 25 different playable characters will ensure that there's always a character with a style that suits your taste. Not just that, but the wide variety of mission types in Bug Heroes 2 means that you'll have to actually utilize all of them in order to be successful. There's no filler characters here. Each are incredibly well balanced, and every single one of them have benefits and weaknesses that will need to be taken into account for any given situation. Coupled with the ability to choose a team of two characters and switch between them on the fly during play, there is just a crazy amount of different strategies players can take advantage of in the game.

Along with a never-ending stream of single-player missions to complete, a solo player can also take part in skirmish matches agains the AI or an endless survival mode against increasingly difficult waves of enemies. Then there is a competitive online multiplayer mode featuring up to 2v2 action. Not to mention that all the characters in the game have a persistent leveling system. Basically, what I'm getting at is that Bug Heroes 2 should keep players busy for a long, long, long time. There is a ton of stuff to do, and I'm looking forward to spending the coming weeks, months and perhaps even years fully learning the ins and outs of the game.

I really can't overstate how great the variety is in Bug Heroes 2, and how well it improves on the ideas of the original without going overboard trying to cram everything plus the kitchen sink into a sequel. The game has been the top discussion on our forums since its release, and it's an effortless recommendation for fans of the original or those who are looking for a meaty action game on their mobile device.

  • Fangbone

    Very well deserved! Just love what these guys are able to put together. Put other, larger studios to shame. Keep it up.

  • anarchy in the app store

    Great game, too bad it's not free anymore, kinda defeated the purpose to me...

    • anarchy in the app store

      Apologies for the engrish

    • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

      Defeated what purpose?

      • anarchy in the app store

        That bug heroes was a f2p game, one that worked too...

        Raising the price will only push people away...

        Would you rather take you chance buying a game you won't enjoy, or try it out for free and, if you enjoy the game, invest in IAP

        Seems like a better situation to me

      • andrew9oh7

        If you can't risk a dollar,something's wrong

      • anarchy in the app store

        You missed the point, a game like this would be better focused n IAP rather than a price block..

        Either make it premium or freemium

      • Pete Martell

        I disagree, it depends. I have some games that are walking the middle path nicely.

      • DtheGOPkiller

        Agree 100%.

      • dancj

        That might work for you, but there are a lot of people (myself included) who won't consider paying money for a game with freemium elements.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        Define freemium elements though. I wouldn't buy a game that also had a timer, or consumable IAP. In fact, I've received a refund from Apple because of a hidden timer within a $5 game. But I'd buy a premium game with IAP that has DLC or permanent IAP.

        With BH2, I'd gladly buy it. You can spend cash on diamonds which wouldn't normally jive with me, but it's used to obtain permanent characters so that's cool with me.

        The gameplay integrity is lost when it's consumable IAP.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        That was the reason they made it a dollar. Because it was essentially a premium game you got for free. There is little reason to spend money in the game.

      • LarryWP

        You don't have to buy those stupid diamonds, up to $50?

      • Fangbone

        No

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        Like Fangbone said, No. They're completely optional.

      • anabolicMike

        I dunno man. I was a trip to The Dominican and there was a sign out of some ladies door saying "only 1 dollar". I wasn't about to risk my dollar there. That woulda been about the same as downloading dungeon keeper!

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        The risk of spending a dollar on a prostitute is in the STD you might/probably get, not the spending of 100 pennies. ;-)

      • anabolicMike

        Haha. Nice ;). I have to admit I kinda thought I was gonna get blocked or slapped for such a stupid comment. :/

        Pennies? I miss Pennies. We stopped using them. Kinda decided to race towards rampant inflation and becoming a third-world countyhood caused by horrendous socialism. But that's for another comment with another app on a different page at a time that isn't now.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        I'd prefer chocolate chips to replace pennies.The cashier would be like "And a dollar thirty and three chocolate chips is your change." Win!

      • Stormourner

        "Raising the price will only push people away..."
        nobody is pushed away because of raised price

      • scrotally

        Couldn't be further from the truth. It's a fact that f2p games get way more downloads in ios.

    • Themostunclean

      I view .99¢ and free as pretty much equal on the App Store these days anyway.

      • anarchy in the app store

        ...how?

      • Endscrypt

        Don't be stupid to adults with linked credit cards yes, but even then I watch what I buy! But to teenagers a dollar might mean no game, free means they get the game!? See the difference?

  • Mr. Grizzly

    I don't understand why people can't appreciate a great game that is free - unless the game is modified to make it so you can't get anywhere without paying real money in the game. This game does not do that. It is really awesome! Give it a shot.

    • TokyoDan

      How? With games like UHR Warlords & Tengami, how can a game with bugs be the game of the week?

      • Louis Ace

        Read the article TokyoDan:

        "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."

        They're not choosing the "best" game.

      • Vestid

        I usually enjoy the game of the week comments more than the game of the week.

      • LarryWP

        :)

  • Pete Martell

    Thinking 3-4 other games deserved the accolade more this week.

    Strong week this was :)

    • Fangbone

      And what games would those be? Those who know choose Foursaken Media as their developers of choice on iOS.

      • Pete Martell

        They are awesome and game is worthy, my comment was more of a compliment on the amazing games we got this week like this, Ava's quest, tengami, doctor life and others. I bought all of those.

        Let's be friends ;)

  • SKamiTheFly

    Don't Forget, Foursaken Media is one that will continue to update this game, for a long time to come. Well Done, you have pretty much made my month.

  • DtheGOPkiller

    BH 1 was a stroke of pure genius in my view. Creative fresh and just so hard to put down. This one is even more creative. For me personally BH1 is no kidding in my top five Fav games of all time period . ALL time not just iOS overall period. The creative genius of these brothers is rare. They should make some really big budget console games. The big game market could use some more of what these guys have. My only issue is I get some severe slowdown when on higher rounds and loads of enemies on screen. Hopefully they can tweak it some. But knowing these guys this game will get updated like crazy.

  • Tonk Montana

    Two thumbs up

  • Jake7905

    Another release that proves Foursaken is one of the best (and most consistent) developers of IOS games. They're also one of the best at updating (fixing) their games. And I don't care what the price is, this doesn't play like a freemium game. I hope the new $1 price tag sticks.

  • talldwarf

    I for one am happy the price was raised to a measly $1. Free was too low for this game so I happily bought crystals to support the developers. This is not a freemium game, it is premium with the ability to unlock more heroes quicker, but they are released by the game at a reasonable rate.
    No worries on IAPs in the game.

  • Gameplaya

    Lol I had no idea it was only free for a while but I still bought it.

  • Jesse7277

    Never played a BH games before. I'm glad I played this one. So good. It's worth the dollar and then some.

  • sokae

    Whoo, this game looks great on my iPhone 5 but sadly its not enjoyable( screen too small) since am used to playing games on my android tablet ( galaxy note 10 2014) hopefully the Dev. could implant this on android device.....or not.

    • Kenan2000

      They said that they are working on porting their games on android but it will take a while.

      • sokae

        Where did you get that info? That would be awesome.

    • Endscrypt

      Achooo iPad!

  • iTester

    Come on guys !! It's only 99 cents. I am downloading right now . Game looks much better than previous one.

  • http://www.the-app-shack.com Matt F

    Absolutely loving this game.

  • getsuga04

    awesome game! tends to crash though in high endless levels...