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…

 

Kiwanuka

There are lots of great games that come out every week on the App Store, and it's always hard picking just one for the Game of the Week. What led to Kiwanuka [$1.99] being our pick this week was a multi-step process, at least for me. I added Kiwanuka to our Out Now post and upon seeing the screenshots thought, "Oh! Lemmings with lightning for some reason? Cool!" Then, the very next morning, before I'd had a chance to actually try the game, I saw the trailer, and actually understood what the game was all about: Making bridges out of people to navigate puzzle like levels. Ok, now I'm really intrigued. Then, at long last, I finally was able to sit down and try out Kiwanuka. All that anticipation couldn't even prepare me for the actual experience of playing.

Kiwanuka is such a brilliant, beautiful, unique experience. Everything from the sounds, visuals, and just the vibe of the game all come together to create one of the most interesting little games I've played since… well, since Monument Valley, to be honest. I know that's high praise, but this game seriously kicks ass. It's funny because my initial thought of "Lemmings with lightning" isn't totally far off base, but it also doesn't do justice to what this game is actually all about. We reviewed Kiwanuka earlier today and had no problem awarding it 5 stars, so be sure to check that out because there's not a whole lot I can say about the game that hasn't already been said. People in our forums are showering it with love, too. Basically, if you have two bucks and are looking for a truly unique, quirky, inventive and just plain enjoyable new game to play, plunk down your dough for Kiwanuka.

  • Vestid

    I disagree that this is what TA thought was the most noteworthy game of the week.

    • xx99

      "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."

  • TheGodless

    Looks like it is an amazing game, too bad the controls don't seem to always work when you are trying to lead the group places particularly across bridges. Could just be me though, but I have double checked and am following the control directions.

    • TheGodless

      Never mind, it was me. I didn't realize that there was a limit to how far you could drag the lightning to get the people to move. Excellent game!

  • Geertyy

    I had hoped Aliens drive me crazy would be game of the week. It's one of the best games of the year so far for me, if not the best. It definitely deserves some more TA attention!

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Care to elaborate as to why?

      • Geertyy

        You have to play it to know how fun it is, but I can probably explain a little bit of why I like the game. First of all the controls are very simple, the only thing you do is swiping up and down, but you have to do this at the right time. You never feel like you don't have control over your dude. The sense of progression is also great as you move from district to disctrict in your car by sometimes having to enter a house, finding the key and exit in order to go to the next district. To do this you'll need to upgrade your car, gun etc. which adds to the sense of progression. Those upgrades are all earnable through playing and there is no IAP in the game. There are revives though, which you can buy before your run, but you can only buy one at a time. Furthermore the graphics are really nice and vibrant. Overall it's just a really addictive game.

        I hope this explains something. Otherwise, go try it for yourself and you'll experience the fun yourself :)

      • Geertyy

        The reason btw why this for me is one of the best games of the year, is that so far I've had and I am having the most fun with this one. It also feels really fresh to me, I've never played a game like this before.

  • your personal robot

    Great decision! While there were a couple of really cool games released this week (so hooked to dExtris), this still stands out a lot. Unique concept, stellar presentation... brilliant gem of an indie game!

  • RoundPiplup

    I beat the game in like an hour. Only thing that makes me wonder is... Why these sprites are saying negative stuff? Not all of them, but they just seem to take the other way around for me.

  • http://futbolox.tumblr.com/ Fnurgh

    Well it certainly is beautiful and has one interesting mechanic... but that is about it. The level design (if you can call it that) introduces a few mechanics and barely takes them anywhere.

    There are 30 levels which vary in difficulty from taking one go to taking maybe two (and they are not even in distribution).

    Worst of all, it is done in about 35 minutes and scarcely offers a challenge.

    Lovely sound, great visuals. Mundane gameplay. Overpriced (and no doubt, overhyped).

  • theopla

    I bought the game and I love it. From the gameplay to the visual to the music, This game is the best game, after Monument Valley at least.