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…

 

Fly Catbug Fly!

Our pick for Game of the Week flew somewhat under the radar amongst a hefty list of new releases, but it's definitely a game that's worth your attention. It's Fly Catbug Fly! [$0.99] from Frederator Studios and Cartoon Hangover, and developed by Ludoko Studios. If you're asking yourself what a Catbug is, you're not alone – I didn't know either until this very game released. For those not in the know, Catbug is a character on an internet cartoon show called Bravest Warriors which was created by Pendleton Ward of Adventure Time fame. It's been running for about a year and a half and airs exclusively on the Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel. Here's a "Best of Catbug" compilation video so you can get a sense of the character.

Now, it would have been easy to just take a popular character (on the Internet, anyway) and slap them into a half-ass advergame and call it a day, but that's not what they did with Fly Catbug Fly! In fact, it's the attention to detail in the game that really stuck out to me, along with the fact that it's just an incredibly fun game. Catbug is a cave flyer that plays very similarly to Jetpack Joyride. Hold the screen to ascend, let go to descend, you know the drill. However, Catbug puts a neat twist on how you earn your score. You're judged on distance, obviously, but you can also earn cash by collecting various weird objects as you're flying Katamari-style. Every so often there's a portal that, when flown through, will "cash in" all the objects you're currently carrying. So not only are you trying to survive as long as possible, but you're trying to collect as many objects as you can and take advantage of every opportunity to cash them in.

Another neat twist in Catbug is the ability to dive by pressing a button located in the corner of the screen. It's a simple addition, but it can be invaluable if you're trying to avoid a hazard, collect an item or hit a portal and the natural gravity in the game isn't dropping you quick enough. You also get three life hearts each game, so it's not instant death should you briefly screw up and run into a wall or something. Finally, if you hit a thousand meters you'll enter the "Hyper Mode" of the current environment you're playing, which is much faster and more difficult than the regular mode. Get a thousand meters in Hyper and you'll unlock the next environment, then the Hyper version of that, and so on until you've unlocked all eight environments in total. Here's the official trailer for the game.

To cap it all off, Fly Catbug Fly! has a surprisingly extensive character progression system. You'll be able to take all that money you're banking during play and spend it on increasing Catbug's attributes, buying special power-up items, and even companion characters that'll help you out during a run. Of course, there's also a huge selection of fashion accessories for Catbug, and as usual I'm a total sucker for playing dress-up with the adorable little guy. As a special touch, however your Catbug is currently configured is what displays during the brief loading screen before a run. It's those kinds of details that make Fly Catbug Fly! so endearing. Oh, and if you're thinking this might be a paidmium game and you'll be grinding your eyeballs out trying to unlock all these cool items, don't worry. There's no IAP in the game to speak of.

What could have easily been a thrown together advergame to promote an internet cartoon is in actuality my new favorite cave flyer, even rivaling what I consider the pinnacle of the genre in Jetpack Joyride, though they're different enough from each other to happily coexist. If you're already a Bravest Warrior fan definitely give Fly Catbug Fly! a try, but even if you're never heard of the show before you really have to give it a whirl if you enjoy cave flyers.

  • kenken11

    Disagree. Dungeon quest is game of the week!

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      "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."

      Why is even bold. :(

      • DtheGOPkiller

        That's encouraged on TA now? Read my lower comment. You may want to pass this onto your Mods.

      • Vestid

        I disagree because it doesn't even have the best graphics. ;)

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

      Dungeon Quest owns, that would have been my second choice.

    • kenken11

      Because it's diablo-like, tons of loots, free and balanced and it's an "offline" game! I would spend 10 hours straight on DQ and won't spend more than 1 hour on this GOTW recommendation. This pick does not reflects the majority sentiment :)

      • LarryWP

        DQ may be free but it's riddled with IAP!?

      • cofunguy

        Sorry but dungeon quest is too easy. Played up to the first 3 bosses and had no problems. Thus deleted the game. It might try to be diablo like but epically fails in trying to make bosses too easy. So no way can a game of a week be that easy to play.

    • kenken11

      Also, this game look and feels childish, sorry I felt it this way lol. I guess I will save that 1 hour for this game for DQ instead lolz

      • Cevan7

        Oh no, can't be caught playing a "childish" game; gotta play some big tough mature game instead.

      • mclifford82

        Damned if you give a reason, damned if you don't.

      • xx99

        Have you even watched Bravest Warriors or Adventure Time? BW is decidedly not a children's show (hence its presence on Cartoon Hangover). AT is plenty enjoyable for children, but there's a ton there for adults to enjoy too.

  • handycapman

    Get ready for the 2 star review in a couple of days.

    • Truthiness

      More like get ready for a torrent of totally worthless comments from a tsunami of petulant shit heads who are never happy with the choice of game of the week regardless of how good or bad it is because their entire existence is defined by being wholly unsatisfied with absolutely everything, regardless of significance, on the internet.

      • Sestion

        You sir, win. Excellent comment and the commentators comments.

      • DtheGOPkiller

        Maybe it's just called conversation. Maybe it's called debate. Call it opinion. TA seems or be fairly overloaded with folks who are also thinned skinned who freak out when others disagree or say what game THEY think it should be. Not everyone needs to agree. I think TA has gotten weird. Anyone who says..... Oh man it should be x game blah blah is attacked and called a S head. That's weird. It's their opinion. So what? I work in politics where people having different ideas about really pivotal things like healthcare or war or human rights. And it's called THE REAL WORLD. You guys would I guess freak out in that environment. Like your heads would explode because everyone didn't agree about everything. Who are you to call this guy a s head because he has a different view? About a GAME! I was banned for life from the forums by a Mod PURELY because I didn't like a game he did. He said I was negative and banned me for life. I swear to goodness I did nothing wrong at all. He did it because he didn't like my POV. Period. I was nice about it. TA is going down the tubes. It's gotten weird. Unless you ONLY say positive things your attacked or warned. If you put out a different POV? Your attacked and banned. I remember when people used to be allowed to engage in social activity on here like debate different opinions and even a little as long as it wasn't nasty banter here and there. Now? It's gotten like George Orwell up in here. Like cult like. It's always the same circle jerk in the forums. Same people and anyone different or new is typically ran off. By Mods even! I after years on TA was banned for ZERO reason other then a power hungry Mod not liking my opinion. And wrote to TA a email about it with screenshots to PROVE I had don't nothing wrong. Crickets. Guess maybe I don't want to be on here anymore. Sad. Sorry for the rant but had to get this off my chest.

      • miroa

        Cool your life

      • miroa

        Hahaha The comment I answered to, was deleted. Anyhow, this game deserved to be talked about. Hard to please everyone, so stop complaining guys.

      • Jake7905

        Good luck with the new job hosting the Late Show!

      • Cookies

        Isn't it kind of ironic making a big whiny fuss about that?

  • kioshi

    I'm personally enjoying the heck outta Blackmoore.

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

      Me too! A surprising amount of gems this week.

    • kioshi

      I mean Blackmoor lol

  • kevin8977

    GOTW to an endless game??

  • Jake7905

    Well, my game of the week would have been RBI Baseball, which was delivered on it's promise in a nice IAP-free package. But if the point of TA's GOTW is to highlight an overlooked game, then they succeeded, as I completely missed this one when it was released.

  • Jsami

    Good choice You guys. I'm living it too.

  • Anotherkellydown

    The cartoon looks hilarious. I never would have known about it or this game. Downloading...

  • KillerSpecialK

    I wholeheartedly agree with the choice of Catbug. A breath of fresh air not only for the genre, but games on the AppStore in general.

  • rawhide

    Really liked this game more than I expected.It needs way more exposure than those that have already been featured on the App Store this week.

  • nicodemus82

    There was certainly a few nice surprises this week. I'm definitely enjoying Dungeon Quest, Blackmoore and this game a lot. I think the right choice was made here though. Catbug is just one of those simple yet highly addictive games that you keep coming back to.

  • uFinKnow

    Great pick I tried most of the games and this is the game I kept going back to. Great game Devs!!

  • JC85

    weak week ;-)

  • TJF588

    Nitpick: BW also airs on Nintendo Video.

  • 7lilwhitewolf7

    I chew bugglegum

    • Jay G

      Only when you're not walking at the same time... ;P

  • profhuggybear

    I wish the posts were limited to 21 and older. So many annoying teenage whiners. So much complaining and so little constructive criticism.

    • cofunguy

      Sadly some 20+ aged people still act like kids. Too bad there is not a maturity detector to get rid of those type of posts!!

      • Stormourner

        some people can be kids with a fake age

  • Cookies

    Does it actually giggle at you as you play? Because that sounds totally awesome.

  • DillweedLtd

    Has no one else actually heard of "the bravest heroes"?

  • Cookies

    So, this thread brought to my attention the awesomeness that is Bravest Warriors. THANK YOU BASED JARED.

  • titan908

    I loved this show but forgot its name I'm gonna start watching it again