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…

 

Bill Killem

It feels like we haven't seen as much from Chillingo as we normally do, but they were back this week and have partnered up with developer Everplay to release unique action platformer called Bill Killem [Free]. Out of everything else that was released this week, Bill Killem has definitely grabbed the majority of my attention. As mentioned, it's an action platformer featuring a tiny, pixelated actor named Bill who can run, jump and shoot a ton of cool weapons. Pretty standard stuff for a platforming game. However, the really unique thing about Bill Killem is how it implements a timer into the gameplay.

Don't freak out, it's not like a free to play timer or anything. If I had to compare it to something, I'd say it's like a racing game that challenges you to make it to each gate in order to keep extending your time. In Bill Killem there's 25 seconds on the clock that starts ticking down once you start your run. As you progress through the endless, randomized environment, you'll come across tiny clocks to collect that extend that time. So, it's like a normal platformer but the timer aspect forces you to constantly be moving. This isn't a game about exploration or lengthy battle encounters. It almost feels like when you play Super Mario Bros. with your thumb planted down keeping Mario running to the right. It's a really refreshing twist.

In addition to the timer, Bill Killem also takes a page out of Super Crate Box's book with how it handles weaponry. Crates are spread throughout the game that will give you a random weapon. All of the standard weapon types are here, like machine guns, rocket launcher, lasers and much more. There's also several power-ups you can choose to use prior to starting a run and are upgradeable using in-game currency. Speaking of that, Bill Killem is free to play, but nothing is locked behind a paywall. You earn currency at a decent clip through normal play, but there's a $2.99 doubler if you want to speed things up. So if you like platformers mixed with randomly generated levels and weapons, all set to a clock countdown that ensures you keep up the pace, definitely check out Bill Killem and let us know what you think about it in our forums.

  • Jake7905

    This is certainly a surprise pick, especially with games like X-Men, OTTTD, Globosome, Drawn to Life, and Road to Moscow being released this week. Then again, if the point of GOTW is to draw attention to overlooked games; mission accomplished.

    • GaZ-OiD

      GOTW should be GOTW and great games that might be missed should have its own section? GaZ

      • dancj

        "Game of the week" doesn't say "best game of the week".

        Overlooked gems do have their own section and it's called "game of the week".

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

      The point isn't specifically to draw attention to overlooked games, we've picked things like Oceanhorn and GTA in the past. Nor is it necessarily the "best" game of the week (whatever that means). It could simply be that a game has a particular feature that's noteworthy. In the case of this game, it's the countdown clock being added to an otherwise typical platformer that makes it stand out. Platformers are one of my favorite genres, but I typically get very OCD with exploring every nook and cranny, blowing up every crate (just in case there's something in there, you know), or searching out and defeating every enemy, etc. Basically, I play these types of games very slowly and methodically, and probably a bit too thoroughly. With Bill Killem the timer totally turns my typical playing nature on its head. Oh, I missed a weapon drop? Who cares, the clock is ticking down. I didn't kill an enemy? Who cares man, the freaking clock is ticking down, get going! It makes for a hectic and fun experience that's different from what I usually see, and that's really the reason we decided on it for GotW. I do agree with people saying it gets repetitive, and I don't know if it's a game that will stay forever on my device or anything, but I thought it was pretty unique and fun.

  • coolpepper43

    It's great that Chillingo games are finally getting some recognition. It's about time.

  • renatpl

    I liked this game but I'll go for the x-men as part of my Friday shopping

  • DillweedLtd

    I didn't much care for this game. Some games are overlooked for a reason, this one is very repetitive. The only thing that even slightly amused me about this game were the several references and puns they threw into the game. I would give this game a 5 out of 10 (3 points of which belong to purely the controls).

  • thiagovscoelho

    This could have tried to mimic DOS instead of the NES for a nicer Duke Nukem reference. Would have made the art stand out from all the other "retraux" "8-bit inspired" games

  • http://www.silentrocco.com/ Silent Rocco

    My go-to game since release, crazily addictive!

  • Jerutix

    Good pick. I really have enjoyed X-Men so far, but I find myself playing this one a ton because I want something quick and light. I think they nailed the controls and progression, and I've really enjoyed the timer mechanic. Good stuff.

  • theopla

    I got OTTTD instead

    • Bradb13

      This is free, so there's no reason that you shouldn't get it too.

  • Ekaraj Sirkureja

    My GOTW too, the game is very well-polished and really fun to play.

  • Leeabe51

    The App Store needs more games like this with retro graphics. It never gets old.

    • Kane

      Old is the new NEW.

    • Bool Zero

      I thought the App Store already had a bunch of games with this retro style of design... Perhaps you are just missing them, but there honestly hasn't been a shortage of them lately...

      • Leeabe51

        It was sarcasm, I am a bit sick of it, everyone is doing it now.

  • jeffyg3

    I like the retro graphics, but I've already deleted it off my iPad. It just ends up feeling like your average run and gun freemium game that feels like it's nothing really special. I just can't find that "any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one" but to each his own.

    I think mine for this week is Bounden. It definitely offers something unique and different, especially for you and your girlfriend. We've been having a lot of fun with it brings us a little closer working together doing something different at home.

  • imcookie

    Cannot believe this pile of poo was picked for game of the week!

    • imcookie

      I hate to reply to my own comment but to get this game of the week there must been a cash incentive.

      • coolpepper43

        You sometimes have to wonder about how sites like this stay in business
        Excellent communities like this it doesn't matter to me. I wouldn't say yes or no
        So many good releases this week it would be hard to decide but this one took me by surprise

      • coolpepper43

        My post equals FAiL

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

        This is the dumbest, most tired argument people pull out whenever someone likes a game that they don't agree with.

      • Leeabe51

        People say it because it happens.

      • Foghorn Irrascible

        People say what because what happens?

        I don't understand the perceived correlation between the site doing well or not, and them highlighting games that caught their eye for one reason or another, and on some occasions the game not being your cup of tea.

        You think only sites that highlight the games that are selling the most or that you like the most should do well? Very confusing sentiment.

      • Leeabe51

        Companies pay money for good reviews, being featured, etc (Gamespot was caught doing it years ago for instance). Whether it's true in this case or not, the idea that a website like TA would take money to promote a game is a valid argument.

  • troyster

    I deleted it already, maybe I'll give it another shot after reading some of the comments

  • JCho133

    I love this

  • rawhide

    X-Men was the only paid app I bought this week being a Marvel fan and all. However, I found myself playing this game way more than I expected. When I first downloaded it, I thought very little of it but as I progressed through, it became more apparent why I was spending so much time on it. It is definitely more than a pixel endless runner/shoot-em up kinda game. It has a few flaws but it hits all the right notes. I love it and you can call me hooked. As for X-Men, it was a good buy but not one of the best ones I've made so far this year.

  • Styrixa

    Are their new zones? Can you unlock other power ups without paying? It was fun but felt like it would get old fast.

  • Superjimtendo

    I really can't believe how much whining there is about GOTW. And the accusations of payola are just stupid.

    Touch Arcade offers many advertising opportunities to draw attention to a developer's game. I doubt that paying off Jared for a GOTW post was really going to move the needle that much and I doubt Jared would risk his and the site's credibility that way.

    Touch Arcade isn't new. They've been here a long time and are widely respected by developers and gamers alike because they've always been straight shooters. If you think a post is being paid for without disclosure then you simply haven't been around Touch Arcade that long.

    • Foghorn Irrascible

      Actually I don't think the TA site is necessarily known for being "straight shooters" at all. Some of their writers are hideously biased and have no problem airing those biases via the site. And some of them are terrible reviewers who are regularly bowled over by grandeur and slickness and the thrill of the new.

      At the same time there's several here who do the site proud with well written reviews that take everything into account and don't feel like something cribbed from the student paper.

      But on balance I don't come here for the fairness and professionalism of the coverage, but for the balance you get looking through forum comments from people who are actually playing the games...

      • MasPollo

        Wow! Proof or evidence of the allegations?

    • Leeabe51

      TA is a well know site I believe. In a crowded App Store every bit of promotion helps. I would be interested to see the numbers, but I bet GOTW moves the needle quite a bit. I am sure the TA guys get tons of requests to get games featured on the site.

  • Bradb13

    I love this game...

  • Foghorn Irrascible

    There's nothing quite like a really original name. And this is nothing quite like... Etc.

    • http://www.nafna.com/ nadav bar kama

      dude, or Mr. Irrascible ( the real word has just one R), you should be the specialist on original names ...

  • David Peretiatko

    Anyone know how to beat the "Kill 0/8 with the Assault" mission? I've beaten 12 other missions via the other 2 slots but that one stays there still at 0/8. I thought the "assault" was a weapon, but I've used all the weapons so that can't be it. Then I thought it might be a disguise but there is no disguise labeled "assault".

    • DapperDon

      Im still trying to figure this out

  • unPotato

    Hey so ive been playing bill killem but im stuck on a mission. The mission is to kill 4 fast floaters with the barrel. What are fast floaters and by barrel does it mean those barrels you randomly see?