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…

 

Unpossible

Brian Duke of Acceleroto has been working on Unpossible [$1.99] for quite some time, and it's been really cool running in to him at various conventions and seeing the game in different stages of its development. When he first showed us the initial programmer art-laden prototype, I never imagined it'd turn out as cool as it did.

Unpossible [$1.99] shares a similar premise to games like Boost 2 [$1.99] in that you're tilting or touching to quickly avoid obstacles that are flying at you as you travel along a circular... thing. The path you're on curves all over the place, and obstacles have cleverly placed slots and holes in them to allow you to get a quick look at what's coming up next. Doing well involves quick reflexes, and both keeping an eye on the obstacles that are an immediate threat while using the clues you can get for what's coming ahead to try to prepare for those obstacles.

Oh, and it's all going really fast.

The game isn't getting as much traction in our forums since it was released as it did before it was released which is a little weird. Either way, if you missed that it was out or are in the mood for another go really really fast and avoid things game, Unpossible is a great one.

  • http://www.EverplayInteractive.com Everplay

    A 3D Pivvot? I'm in.

  • mclifford82

    This game is fantastic. It actually made me nostalgic (for an iOS game, already?) for Boost 2, which is pretty awesome and in the same vein and price point.

  • paulkane

    Maybe no one is talking it up because they are busy playing it?!

    • LarryWP

      Maybe they're scared to comment now. ;)

    • Kane

      You stole my name.

      • paulkane

        Hey sugar!

      • Kane

        I'm gonna have to sue you. I've trademarked the name - Kane

  • Jake7905

    This is another great entry in a emerging new genre, along side recent classics like Super Hexagon, Impossible Road, Pivvot, Duet, and Boson X.

    • Jake7905

      And Wave Wave, can't believe I almost left out that gem of a game.

  • JCho133

    The thread is barren because like everyone who was hyping it is in timeout except for me

  • http://www.galleytech.com Galley

    It looks like old PlayStation game, Nanotek Warrior without the shooting.

  • coolpepper43

    I picked it up and I will play it later if I have time.

  • sawyer4325

    You're kidding me, right?? Hodappy bird was definitely the game of the week! You really know how to pick 'em Eli...smh

    • xx99

      God, I can only imagine the torches and pitchforks if they picked Hodappy Bird. Would've have been a great joke to do so for a day or two before switching to Unpossible.

      • xx99

        Just would've. No have. Oops.

    • Jake7905

      Hodappy Bird didn't win game of the week because it's Game of the Year. I heard that even Dong is addicted to this version.

  • Oranje

    I might buy it just for the name.

  • Hafiz Pon

    Bought it. had fun. Prefer the touch instead of tilt. What bout u guys?

    • bilboad

      I prefer tilt, since I have control over how fast it rotates, whereas touch only rotates at one speed, so I have to keep doing little taps. I didn't like the default tilt sensitivity though, and might have gone with touch if sensitivity wasn't adjustable. Once I lowered the tilt sensitivity a little I felt like I had much more precise control with tilt.

  • Adsinjapan

    I do appreciate the amount of polish and design that has gone into this game. There's a fair amount of thought and planning that's gone into the overall production of Unpossible.
    But at the same time, it's still not all that dissimilar to other games of its kind, barring a higher level of difficulty.
    I will probably get this game, but I feel that it may soon be swept aside on the store and in people's minds as it doesn't quite bring anything new or fresh to the twitchy-rail dodger type mould.

    • Adsinjapan

      The parallels between this and Synesthetic are hard to ignore.

      • bilboad

        I see the superficial similarity, but the aesthetics, experience and focus of playing Synesthetic and Unpossible are very different. Synesthetic isn't all that hard, and seems much more about giving players a cool psychedelic experience. Unpossible is all about testing your focus and reflexes to the max, while also giving you the feeling of being on a thrill ride. So while they both involve navigating along a pipe, I think they'll appeal to quite different sets of people. In any case, when we're talking about $2 - $3 games, they don't need a whole ton of originality to be worth trying.

  • TopherW

    Awful pick. Hodappy bird was clearly the best game of this week. Corporate shills!! In case anyone is confused this is the very definition of sarcasm.

  • Cookies

    I dunno, it's fun, but not for more than 10 minutes. It's practically a screensaver... Maybe I'm looking for a little too much gameplay in a $1.99 game, but this just seems like a bit of a rip.

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      Some of us simply can't play this kind of game. Just watching video makes me a bit ill.

  • YouGotHeadshot

    Hodappy bird was way better... I am really disappointed with this game of the week choice. I know you guys want to give more attention to the less famous games but come on.. Really upset right now. This and finding out that all my bitcoins from Hodappy bird were fake.. My week sucks

  • xander134

    Excellent choice. Hearthstone was the low-hanging fruit that every gaming site under the sun is talking about, but Unpossible is far more deserving of TA's weekly award. Thanks for featuring such a great new game.

    Oh, and please give it the maximum amount of McDonald's golden nuggets.

  • Adsinjapan

    I'd have to say I'm actually really enjoying Hitman Go. TA gave it a solid score and as a game, it's reasonably unique. Needs more attention.

  • Kalahan6

    Hearthstone? Anyone? It was 2 days out when this article was written.

    I got bored with Unpossible after an hour or two. It were a fun couple of hours but t doesn't handle a candle to Hearthstone.

    I have played more Hearthstone in the last couple of days than I played AAA console titles. That game is truly amazing. F2P done right. Easy to learn, impossible to master. Addictive as hell. Plays fantastic on touch. Beautifully art and animation...

  • Fatty Bolger

    This game looks a lot like the game Proun... Which I wasn't too fond of.
    I'll stick with Hearthstone for now.

  • rich_952000

    I just thought I'd mention that Unpossible is one of the first "twitch" games to actually pull me in...

    • paulkane

      I love reading that!