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…

 

Wave Wave

Ever since the release of Flappy Bird, it seems like iOS games have been on a ultra-difficult game bender. Apple has even featured entire collections of super difficult games, and it seems like everyone is looking for their next fix when it comes to games that are so difficult that survival past a few seconds is a feat. The recently released Wave Wave [$0.99] fits perfectly in to that.

Taking hints from Super Hexagon [$2.99] for the graphics and music and single button gameplay from cave fliers (Or, as they're starting to become known, Flappy-likes), Wave Wave puts players to the challenge of navigating a line through a series of obstacles. This simple premise quickly takes a turn to brain-crushing difficulty as all sorts of different visual effects make everything more hectic. The entire game world will twist, turn, skew, rotate, flip, and tons more. Check out this video of me playing it for the first time on yesterday's Twitch stream:

There are tons of game modes spanning both totally random endless modes as well as pre-set levels. There's even single-device split screen multiplayer. Wave Wave also the first game I've played on my iPad that has made me vaguely motion sick, as when you're playing on high difficulty levels and the whole game world is spinning as you desperately try to avoid obstacles it's too much for my brain to handle.

If you loved Super Hexagon, don't miss this game.

  • Maglor

    Absolute Instabought it for me. My best time is 20 seconds, and I can't even go far after that.

  • JCho133

    These Flappy Bird comparisons are driving me insane. This was in development for like a year, there is no Flappy Bird influence whatsoever.

    But apparently since it uses one button controls it's a "Flaplike" now. Oh well.

    • Christian Valentin

      Yeah, seriously, the comparisons are getting ridiculous now. But because it has the unfortunate timing to release at the height of this Flappy mania, the game is "Super Hexagon meets Flappy Bird" now. Wave Wave is, in no way, shape, or form, inspired by or influenced by Flappy Bird.

    • mclifford82

      Don't forget, Flappy Bird was also the very first ultra difficult game for iOS. Revisionist history and all.

      • Alex

        Flappy was absolutely NOT the very first ultra difficult game for iOS. I can think of a dozen games that were crazy hard long before Flappy Bird hit the market a year ago (remember that that is when it was put up for sale, not when it became popular.

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        He was being sarcastic :)

      • Alex

        Duh moment. Slap my forehead.

    • 21tigermike

      Er.. NO, not the 'one button controls' its the fact that you're just avoiding crashing into walls/solid objects. Get it?

      • Pete Osborne

        Gameplay based on avoiding crashing into walls wasn't invented by Flappy Bird either, the game is much more comparable to Lilt Line - I'm in agreement that the Flappy Bird comparison is a little lazy

  • somedumbgamer

    Surprised it's not mines if mars or block fortress war.

    This, combined with the recent account suspensions leads me to believe that TA has become a big fat joke lately. I need somewhere else to go for my iOS news. Any suggestions?

    • JCho133

      Those already have a good amount of press. Wave Wave is earning far less attention which is probably Eli's reason for giving it the spotlight.

      That, and it's amazing and completely deserves it.

      • somedumbgamer

        Well said. Now I'm gonna have to test it out

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I wish people like you would read the first paragraph of this article. We've already extensively covered Mines of Mars and Block Wars. This is a game that came out of nowhere that's awesome which no one is talking about. So, it gets our special nod for the week.

      Again, please, please, I beg you to read the article.

      • heresandypandy

        I love TA so this isn't meant harshly but sure "game of the week" should be taken literally as THE best game of the week, regardless of how much coverage its had?

      • somedumbgamer

        I wish people like you (never a good way to start a sentence) would read the posts you're replying too (see post right above yours).

      • Goggles789

        It's stuff like this that's making me want to move on from this site, too. Sometimes, as a website, you have to just let stuff roll off your shoulders. It doesn't matter what people say, but as soon as you start pointing fingers and blaming, it makes you sound like asses. I can't stand it when I see one of you guys pick on some random guy that posts on your site. It's borderline bullying. Why do you feel the need to justify anything to anybody? Do you have something to prove? Is it because you hide behind a darned website that you justify picking on your viewers? Sorry, but I'm quite miffed at this repeating mistake, and am quickly reaching "done" with TA.

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        "I can't stand it when I see one of you guys pick on some random guy that posts on your site. It's borderline bullying."

        We don't do this. It's unfair to think that people in the comments can say whatever they want to us, and we should just sit back and take it because… I don't know why, because we run the website I guess? Maybe we have a more unique perspective since we also see the comments that don't make it through moderation, but there is some serious ugliness. We are human, and it doesn't matter how thick you try to make your skin, words hurt. In this particular case, someone called my livelihood and the thing I dedicate the majority of my life to "a big fat joke." That's fine if he feels that way, but we should just sit back and take a hateful comment like that?

        We don't "hide" behind the website, we ARE the website. We put ourselves out there each and every day. There are right ways and wrong ways to offer criticism, lobbing hurtful comments with no useful feedback is the wrong way to do it IMO.

      • Mess

        Well said, and from me and a lot of others;

        Keep up the good work :)

      • Kevin Bradley

        I used to write Mac shareware stuff in the early days of OS X, and I found out fast that people are MUCH more likely to say something negative than positive. Not saying my apps were above criticism, but I see no point in comments that question why an article was written or calling the site or author names. It makes the commenter look like a 10 year old kid who is trolling.

      • Pete Osborne

        It is bullying when someone insults another for absolutely no reason, that's true. No one should have to put up with it...which is why TA respond to those people that are doing it to them.

        I think you've missed how hypocritical what you said is. Just because they run the site, does that somehow take their rights away to be treated how you want people to be? So far they've been called a joke, hipsters, bullies and horrible personalities - can you blame them for getting defensive?

        If the comment threads were the real world, these people would be in intensive care for saying that to random people they don't know. I think it's about time the people here grew up and understood that you don't need to voice everything you're thinking; that's not how the real world works.

  • falco

    I saw the Triforce from Zelda in this game seriously and music from Super Hexagon. It is my game of the week too also :)

  • Ramaz1234

    Ugh.... Seriously man why do you guys have to be so hipster?

    • Pete Osborne

      And why can't you be more constructive? It's my choice for GotW and many others in the forums, you can disagree which is great as different opinions help the site grow. Random insults just make you look like a troll

    • Christian Valentin

      Or maybe they just enjoyed an excellent twitch game that has a lot of content and variety? I honestly believe Wave Wave is a best twitch game since Super Hexagon

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I'm not sure if you're making fun of the guy who constantly accuses us of being "hipster" or if you ARE the guy who constantly accuses us of being "hipster". Either way, can you explain that that even means?

      • Ramaz1234

        Abut of both I guess. Btw you guys are awsome so don't think I'm hating on you guys when I call you guys hipster or bag on you guys sometimes.

        What I mean by hipster is that you guys always seem to go out of your way to pick a game no one really knows that might be pretty good for game of the week and GOTY over a game everyone has been waiting for and is really amazing like Block Fortress WAR. Or like how Oceanhorn didn't get game of the week and how Ridiculous fishing got GOTY.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Read the first paragraph. Game of the Week is not "objectively best."

      • Vestid

        I agree. No way is this game better than Oceanhorn. FAIL.

    • Alex

      Why does everyone in these TA video's look like they just came off a soup kitchen line? For christ's sake, shave, clean up, show some professionalism. You ARE getting paid for this, are you not?

      • Mess

        Or perhaps it doesn't actually matter what he looks like. He is himself, if he is happy and comfortable that's what matters.

        I can't stand professions that dictate a specific dress code (uniforms are different, I mean shoe and tie type things) people should be able to wear what they are comfortable in, which will increase productivity.

      • Alex

        hippie

  • TrencH

    When it comes to making a choice about games...damned if you do and damned if you don't. I don't always agree with the choice but that's the whole point. We all have different tastes. People in this day have the luxury of poking the bear without even explaining themselves.

    I always learned from my boss at work that if you have a issue or difference of opinion that is fine but what is a problem is complaining without explaining. If people actually put there own *effort* into politely explaining themselves they might actually have something worthwhile to contribute.

    It always made me think "what a moron" when someone spends the time and effort to type something with thought about a topic and then some goofball makes his presence known with a single word or sentence to sum something up.

    That is typical of those who have nothing worthwhile to put on the table. They are tired and a dime a dozen. It's lazy and lackluster. Besides, isn't the word hipster old now...it's like still speaking elite speak or something.

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    Having said that I do think this game is special and deserved to be here. It came out a few hours before the big game releases and just blew me away. I am still not good at it but that don't stop me from trying because it's just so easy to hit retry and hear that lady in the game say *again!* I say to myself "I am getting so close to beating my record. Maybe I can push another person under me in the leaderboards."

    Sonofa B! Fricking inverse got me in the smaller jaggies right before the meltdown area AGAIN...

    Click retry......lady : Again!

    Rinse repeat! Damn, I was so close that time!

  • JubJubBird

    I love this feature precisely BECAUSE the choices are surprising, and they judge games with rubrics I wouldn't necessarily think of. Don't ever change.

    • Alex

      I like your point of view and I value that of this site or I wouldn't come here. I hope they don't lose there way as many other sites have...

  • troyster

    I see what they're doing with this feature, the first paragraph explains it perfectly. However "game of the week" is a terrible title. I'd call it "TA's favorite game this week" or something like that. They will never ever change it though. They're stubborn and quite hostile to anyone with a criticism or suggestion. That's their prerogative since it's their site. Great site, horrible personalities. Good thing I come here got the game info which is top notch.

    • HelperMonkey

      "Gem of the Week" might go over better.

      • troyster

        Perfect description of what they are trying to do

      • somedumbgamer

        "great site, poor personalities."

  • Mess

    Why do people keep getting there knickers in a twist about this.

    Game of the week != (sometimes) the best game of the week. Rather it's the game that TA want to highlight to us the readers, that may have missed us, and is something special.

    Also don't know why people get confused over TA's star rating. It's not difficult people.

    Gah.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I can only imagine the brain-freeze inducing levels of confusion these same people experience when they see Apple's App of the Week promotion.

  • falco

    Who cares really, its their choice not your.

  • 21tigermike

    So it's Flappy Bird, but, beautiful! >< WOW

  • coolpepper43

    I am confused. I could have sworn that I posted something and it's not here anymore. Was it removed for some reason? I just want to know what happened because I would like to know if I did something wrong. I don't think I did. If I did I'm sorry.

  • grammatonfeather

    I actually detest games like this. I think they're just absurd and you don't really get anything out of them. I think the only use they have is for science experiments to see if a person's cognitive abilities have increased as a result of cranial electro stimulation.

  • grammatonfeather

    I also think it's worrying that we can be so easily entertained by something that lacks any substance. I kind of get the feeling that people love whatever's presented to them as long as it doesn't feature aggressive iap.

  • https://weheartit.com/cantst0pfallinginL0ve ⭐沛霖⭐㊗

    Jesus Christ ! this game is madness ! I was never into these kind of twitchy game since they make me headache , however I love wave wave's graphical style and decide to buy it , ahh , with battle supremacy OSX / iOS version , smash hit / out there / slender man 2 / bug heroes 2 .... I am too busy just for gaming with my iMac / iPad.....

  • daniel schroeder

    I know this is getting compared to Super Hexagon, but it also reminds me of Gauge. That game was/is nuts, and I find myself forgetting to blink when in a round that lasts a decent amount of time. These games are a credit to iOS and touch screen gaming in general.