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…


Barcode Kingdom

We never really know what sort of thing will capture our attention for Game of the Week. Maybe a game has particularly unique visuals, or has a different spin on a tried and true gameplay formula. Or maybe it's just the game we found to be most fun out of everything released during the week. In the case of this week's choice, Barcode Kingdom [$0.99], it was due to its ability to scan barcodes near and far in order to build up a party of warriors and a prosperous kingdom.

Now, I'll be the first to admit that the barcode scanning is as gimmicky as gimmicks can get, and the actual gameplay surrounding it isn't anything especially noteworthy. Heck, barcode scanning isn't even a new gimmick–I had games as a child that did the same thing–and it isn't even the first iOS game to utilize such a mechanic. Still, there's something undeniably satisfying about scanning a new barcode and seeing what results from it, and what's really fascinating to me is how much our community has become involved in Barcode Kingdom.

The thread in our forums has exploded with activity with people searching out codes that result in the rarest of characters, then sharing them with everyone else. They've even taken to barcode-generating websites that allow you to type in various number combinations and generate a unique barcode from them, so you don't even have to run around your house finding every shampoo bottle and DVD case you can find just to scan its code. However, that's what I've been doing most of the day, and I think it's more fun doing it the hard way and searching out real barcodes on the junk lying around my house.

Either way you go about it, though, Barcode Kingdom is an interesting little game, and for a buck it's worth checking out for yourself if the basic concept sounds neat to you. Hey, maybe there's an ultra-rare archer living in your refrigerator and you didn't even know it.

  • Ramaz1234

    Sounds like neat little game

  • ste86uk

    I've been really interested in this and the forum is very active I'm just not quite sure how much I'll enjoy it. Although it has me wondering if I can scan all these barcodes in work as there's hundreds of thousands of them!

  • rewind

    I really like Boom Beach, but I can see why this won. I'm going to buy it simply because of the awesome name.

    • shadax

      Boom beach is cool, but there's not much depth to the actual combat. Unless there's something I'm missing, the soldiers are incredibly dumb and won't attack a machine gun that's just laying into them because they focus on the closer, less important objects. With this, people arrange their coves to take advantage of this flaw knowing your soldiers won't fire at the things that bringing a quick end your attack. Proper strategy I suppose, but it works for the wrong reasons.

  • Vestid

    Usually I troll this thread and say the game isn't as good as Oceanhorn, but I got found out last week by an observant poster, so today I'm just going to say that you got it right and this is definitely the best game released this week. I'm glad it won.

    • DeNappa

      Just imagine how awesome it would be if you could scan barcodes with Oceanhorn too!

      • mothy

        You can! Visit Sandbar twice, return to Hermit Island and defeat the BitterCashier (arrows REALLY help!), and you are rewarded with Bivlak's Register, with which you can scan ANYTHING!

  • Hypocrypha

    I find using the mode obscure items help get the rarest items. Makes sense

  • ste86uk

    Give in and downloaded anyway hoping to try soon as all the barcodes on things at work that our machines use sadly won't work : (

  • RenTin850

    Does anyone know if certain barcodes you scan make a difference? Does the game already know what item or whatever it will give you next regardless what barcode you scan?

    • Pete Osborne

      Each barcode gives it's own item/character. We experimented in the forums and Echoen did some great work getting a codes up to help get people started. I found my Xbox 360 games gave great stuff 😀

      • cofunguy

        Was this released for Xbox 360 as well??

      • Estrica

        I think he meant he scanned his xbox games XD

  • worldcitizen1919

    Its very disappointing that TA would give a game of the week to a game with timers like this. I played for about 15 minutes ran out of AP to travel and its $.99 per bottle of AP!! So every 15 minutes I have to put in $.99 ??? You're joking TA. This is absurd and only encourages this terrible practice.

    We gamers get tossed out of games continually because they are asking for payments to continue playing. No wonder we're getting hit with so many of this type of game when it gets game of the week.

    I've had to delete two recommended apps by TA because of IAP issues where I couldn't continue because of timers. Why on earth is TA promoting such terrible practices? We gamers want games we can play and put down when we want and they are becoming scarce. It's pay more to play more!!?,

    Please TA don't highly recommend pay to play games. They are simply no good.

    • LarryWP

      This thing of a game is riddled with IAP! I'm tired of people promoting this practice as it's so out of hand now. iOS games have gotten pathetic with "pay the more you play" scheme, and thousands of gamers support it. Not me.

      • LarryWP

        I do understand that TA has to review and promote all types of games, IAP infested included. It's only fair that way, but as a gamer I refuse. I'm done. 🙂

    • Intendro

      What. Another paid game with timers? (That $4 Adventure Time card game...)

      What utter ridiculousness. I expect much raging and demanding of refunds. Paid games with timers is beyond the normal level of "we aren't letting you play our game because we forgot games are meant to be played and people are likely to play a game that actually works."

      And does the game announce "This is one of those dumb timer games AND it costs money to buy"? No!!!

      Please tell me this madness will end. I shouldn't have to look up whether a game I have to pay for doesn't want me to freaking play it...
      Just when you thought it couldn't get any dumber...

      We don't pay for games with timers, we buy paid games to avoid freemium nonsense!
      Stupid timers! Get out of my video games!

      • Eli Hodapp

        Read the thread, the IAP doesn't get in the way of anything. This guy is just among the very dedicated contingent of people who hate all IAP, full stop, no exceptions.

      • Intendro

        No one's going to convince anyone that a paid game with timers is a good idea. The very idea of a paid game having a timer that stops play is utterly ridiculous. It is a paid game. Timers are not to be expected.

      • Intendro

        Timers aren't expected in games anyway, because why would it stop you from doing the very thing it's designed to do? And timers when you bought the game is spitting in your face.

    • Eli Hodapp

      Dude I don't know what you want us to do. The App Store is changing, and because most people refuse to pay for anything (or if they pay, it's at a maximum of 99 cents) IAP is a reality. This game is great. It has IAP. The IAP didn't stop us from enjoying it, and we're going to continue to recommend games we enjoy.

      We get it. You hate IAP. You don't need to comment on every story about how you hate IAP and how you delete games like you've been doing for quite some time now. Try focusing on things you enjoy instead of spreading such rampant negativity.

      • Jay G

        People that keep bitching about things that aren't going away anytime soon, probably should just look elsewhere for mobile entertainment...I hear Nintendo has a pretty good mobile thing going...;)

      • LarryWP

        I like to read opposing comments to my likes, they cause me to sometimes rethink my habits. 🙂

  • Echoen

    I'm addicted to deciphering the code. alksdjf;a

    Oh and here's a code to start you off! 2292587731695

  • RenTin850

    When you equip armor does It show that the unit is wearing it?

  • dancj

    Why did you pick game X in the same week that game Y was released? Game Y is much better game and deserves to be Game of the Week!

  • daftman

    Looks like this game would scratch the same itch as the old Monster Rancher games where you put random CDs into your PlayStation to get new monsters. Pretty cool.

  • anabolicMike

    It actually is really fun. I'm saddened by the fact that there really isn't a lot of different units. But hey! There's so much more to do now then just get units! Good idea there... That way it doesn't get overly repetitive. Irma keep playing it and see how it goes. Digging it so far! Oh I found a game that's just wild, it's called inflationrRPG. Like woah it's pretty decent.

    Oh no. I turned of all notifications for this barcode game but I'm still getting them. I hate it when games do that. I hate push notifications. If I want to look I will. Grrrrrr points lost there.

  • Nycteris

    Fun game. I am enjoying it! I need to go check the barcodes!

  • Forrest Stevens

    Ah, it's very much worth a try. The dev is quite responsive, the game is definitely fun, engaging, and tho strategically it borders on being more resource management than RPG it scratches a nice itch for loot/character collecting, opens up as you play, with an expanding set of things to focus on pets, arenas, etc., and is a nice, mobile game to pass the time. Very, very worth a dollar.

  • Papa Deuce

    I am terrible at this game.... Maybe I need better gear? But I only have 4 characters and the highest is level 2. But after the first 3 battles I haven't won one.

  • Jake7905

    Gets a little boring after the barcode gimmick, but it wasn't exactly a strong week for new games. I'm sure next week this spot will be occupied by FTL.

    • Papa Deuce

      That might be too obvious.

  • bigjack66

    Another sucky game in another sucky week. You guys must be easily impressed if this is the game of the week! Either that or the rest of the games were that bad and what happened to Scuba Diver? I hear there was a price mix up then it disappeared !