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…

 

Wayward Souls

Ok, so this will probably come as a shock to exactly nobody, but Wayward Souls [$5.99] is our Game of the Week this week. Shocking, I know! After all, websites across the web are slathering critical praise on the game, the entire TouchArcade staff is obsessed with it, it's been getting bombarded with love by the players in our forums, and it's even crept up into the top ten of the overall paid charts in the App Store, meaning it seems to be resonating with the wider iOS audience. And, on a personal level, this is simply one of my all-time favorite games on any platform. I can't properly describe just how much I enjoy Wayward Souls, and despite a number of solid games releasing this week, I just couldn't live with myself if this wasn't our Game of the Week.

So, you'll forgive me if this post is a bit on the short side, but I'm anxious to kick back and spend my weekend getting my ass handed to me over and over in Wayward Souls with a huge smile on my face. Plus, we've so exhaustively covered Wayward Souls since its release that I'm not sure what more can be said. Be sure to give our full review a read, and you can check out Eli's numerous Twitch stream archive videos of the game here, here, here, here, here and here. Whew! See? I told you it was exhaustive. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to my impending death by a room full of bats.

  • InkyTheGhost

    Game of the year.

    • Shifaan

      No doubt about it mate. Definitely GOTY :)

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    • bcredonk

      Dude you are my favorite commenter

      • Leeabe51

        Dude, you have low standards.

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      • SwithNova

        Sorry about that accidentally pushed the post button any ways yes we have all seen your cat everywhere moglor very Boring please copy and paste something new but about the game I'm sure it's one of the and top games so far on the iOS for 2014 and my new favorite rougelikes in the App Store mad props rocketcat

    • basil

      Maglor for life

      • SwithNova

        Excuse me I'm homophobic so take your bromance somewhere else thank you sir have a nice day

  • 5hift

    I TOTALLY DIDN'T SEE THIS COMING. GG TA FOR SURPRISING ME.

    • Intendro

      My sarcasm detector just exploded.

      • Intendro

        I saw it coming too. :P

      • 5hift

        You don't need a sarcasm detector.

  • Amenbrother

    Agreed, one of the best games I have played on IOS hands down.

    • imcookie

      Not agreed, horrible control system and I found the too hard, I'm no ninja.

      • Brown Cow

        You found the too hard? I've been looking forever. Where is it?!?

      • Joe Welke

        If your too hard lasts longer than four hours, contact a physician.

      • 5hift

        I'm no ninja either and I think the controls are fine. I admit, I wish there was an option for a stationary joystick instead of a dynamic one.

      • Zach

        You found the too hard, yet you're no ninja? Impressive!!

  • DaFatCookie

    I like the collectible hats :|
    This game is worth it

  • LousyHero

    Complete agreement. It just keeps getting better and better.

  • spader623

    Just one of the most well polished, pretty, fun and tense games I've ever played on ios. I like the music too :p I really hope it stays in the top 10 for at least a little bit. It's nice to see games that are quality games do well :)

  • Jake7905

    It doesn't get much better for IOS gaming then Wayward Souls. In an age of freemium thrown together cash grabs, Wayward Souls stands against the tide.

  • Sestion

    Great choice. Great game. Let the revelry commence.

  • h_A_Z

    Love this game to death! Just wondering, how does this game compared to Mage Gauntlet? I did not get that game and was just wondering if it is worth it since I love this game so much

    • Fep52

      Mage gauntlet is definitely worth it, as is Rocketcat's whole back catalogue. I implore you to buy them all, they really are that good.

    • Design by Adrian

      Definitely worth it. I prefer it MG, personally, because it's an action adventure game rather than the rogue-like Wayward Souls is.

  • CkX82

    How many hats are there ? I've got 7 so far

    • kioshi

      About 250

      • CkX82

        Really ? Thats awesome, where did you find that info ?

  • squirpe

    Leo's Fortune for at least an honorable mention...

  • tylerandjennifer1

    Tell me this is just like secret of mana!!! someone please tell me!

    • DenzilofDojima

      It really isn't, despite what some folk would have you believe.

  • pkmaximum

    Does this game have iOS 7 Gamepad support?

  • urban083

    This and Bug Heroes 2 for my goty at the moment

  • Mist17

    First mobile game in months to actually be fun, haven't found single a single hat yet though.

    • sakara214ever

      Keep trying. I found 4 in 30 minutes.

  • HarryWarden

    Leo's Fortune is better, both gameplay and especially when it comes to graphics.

  • Jabba

    Really really like it. Finaly a game that s worth buying. It s challenging yes but that also means that it will last longer and you can refine your skills. Characters have a completely different style of gameplay and tactics. You get lock characters accessible only by completing levels. The soundtrack is amazing and gorgeous and the back story is unveiled through the game.
    100% worth it!!

  • Ultima12

    I have to get this game!