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…

 

Sproggiwood

With so many incredible releases this week, including late-arrivals Geometry Wars 3 and Chaos Rings 3, it was a gargantuan task to have to pick just one of them as our Game of the Week. In the end we went with Freehold Games' delightful little roguelike Sproggiwood [$1.99], because we just absolutely love it to bits. Roguelikes are one of those genres that I adore, but at the same time I almost groan whenever I hear about a new one. First of all, is it actually a roguelike? Or is it simply a game with randomized levels or permadeath, and because of those specific features it gets lumped into the roguelike genre? (Yes, we do that often around TouchArcade, usually on purpose.)

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To my delight, Sproggiwood is indeed a traditional roguelike, but that doesn't mean it doesn't offer up some twists. First and foremost is its art style. Yes, it's painfully adorable, but in an interesting way rather than a sugary sweet way. I absolutely love it, and as much as I love retro pixel graphics (which are prevalent in roguelikes), the visuals in Sproggiwood are a great change of pace. In addition to the visuals, the game just oozes personality and humor through its characters and game world.

Another twist, but a less successful one, is the town-building portion that's built into Sproggiwood. You can place buildings, bridges, roadways and decorations as you rebuild your little village. It doesn't hurt anything having it there, but it also doesn't really add anything, at least for me. It feels kind of tacked on. Perhaps it will grow on me, but the important thing is that it doesn't detract from the excellent dungeon crawling portions of the game. Oh, and don't let the words "town-building" scare you off; Sproggiwood is a pay-once game with no IAP.

The bottom line for Sproggiwood is that while it doesn't necessarily do anything drastically different with the roguelike genre, everything it does it does extremely well. Like its description says, it distills the roguelike down into the important bits: Exploring randomly generated levels, highly-strategic turn-based combat, multiple classes to play as that all feel unique, and plenty of cool loot to come across and use in your adventure. It's a lightweight experience without feeling dumbed down, and it's bite-sized dungeons feel like a great fit for mobile play.

So if you like roguelikes and you somehow still have money left after this crazy week of new releases, I humbly suggest checking out the little-roguelike-that-could called Sproggiwood, I think you'll enjoy it.

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    • PoloBaquerizoH

      Best game of the week ever! And yes has excellent reviews from PC!

    • dpedal1

      I love checking the game of the week comments and getting the cat! It just makes me smile.

      • ValentiaLyra

        That makes 2 of us!

  • Adsinjapan

    Eh...wouldn't have guessed this one to be honest. Apparently this was big on PC? First time I've heard of it.

    • EvanJO14

      This is the first time I've heard of you.

      • Shaun Musgrave

        He's big in Japan!

      • Adsinjapan

        Well...Tokyo area at least. ;P

      • Adsinjapan

        Likewise, although I will now remember you as the "unnecessary white knight of games".

        Here he comes! Galloping in to offer odd retorts to anyone making generic statements about something!

      • L0ck

        up your insult game friend, and also realize some games you've never heard of can be good!

  • curtisrshideler

    I'm enjoying it too! I think I'd pick Chaos Rings 3 if I could get it working on my phone, but this game is really great for mobile!

  • julesantenor

    I was on the fence when it was released but I just gave in and bought it yesterday.

    I gotta say this game is truly a work of art. The dev is very active and oh my god I cannot stress this enough.... NO IAP.

    A FANTASTIC GAME 10/10

  • armilla

    This over Desktop Dungeons? Will have to give it a look, since roguelikes are superb on iOS.

    • mcamp

      I love Desktop Dungeons on PC, but I am severely disappointed in this port.

      • mcamp

        On the other hand, I enjoyed Sproggiwood on PC, and I am ADORING IT on mobile.

      • Endscrypt

        As I'm quite new to Desktop Dungeons, and absolutely loving having it on my iPad great for a quick game, have only had a quick look at Sproggiwood because of this it also looks great and will spend more time on it in the future. As I says I'm quite new too Desktop Dungeons a friend got me into it about 6 months back so please tell me what has let you down about Desktop Dungeons? From what I can see it a Perfect Port.

  • terrence92

    This was a 45 € week on premium titles for me. This was an insanely good week oh my

  • MrThickDick

    Is it opposite day?

    • L0ck

      --'mrthickdick'

      I mean, come on

      • Jake7905

        With a name like that, he should never ask, "is it Opposite Day?"

  • Chq

    9,99€- wooohaaaa!! Without me.

  • anabolicMike

    It's no desktop dungeons. I am gonna try pouring more time I to this of course because it is still pretty good. It seems rather shallow so far but let's see if that changes. Desktop dungeons on the other hand..... I own it for Mac but never played it (got it on sale). There's lots of games on the App Store that have the same concept but none that have the sheer depth, the sheer destruction, the sheer idontkniwwhagtwordstousesohopefullythelasttwoworked. Anyway, going to try more Sproggiwood I bet it grows. I love roguelikes

  • anabolicMike

    Oh yes, you know what game is perfectly made for mobile platform that would probably make a good buck and I would LOVE to have it is? Dungeons of Dredmor. Also someone port DCSS tiles onto ios. Lol. I love it on my android but my android is collecting dust... Can't wait to by my next ipad. That 13" sucker will be min3!

    • AverageJack

      Yessss Dredmor would be amazing

  • weretiger

    Getting this tonight!

  • Shining Jade

    And after taking a chance against what they posted I grabbed it for my iPad Mini First gen and it works fine 512 ram device !

    • gabikun

      I recall the dev told in the game's thread that sproggiwood works on 512 ram devices but crashes after a few dungeon runs.

      • Shining Jade

        havent had any crashes yet i guess im lucky

      • gabikun

        Well, good for you then!! I bought the game on android to avoid that potential issue!

      • Endscrypt

        You went to Android to avoid crashing ? If you had a up to date iOS device it wouldn't have been a problem.

      • gabikun

        I went to android because I have a 1 gb device, which was the (supposedly) minimum requirement to play the game.

        I will probably get this game again on my 1st gen ipad mini if one day it gets a sale.

    • Endscrypt

      Great stuff

  • zeemonkeyman

    Sproggiwood?? LOL. Do people know what sprog means? At least in Australia?!

    • spsummer

      Child?

      • zeemonkeyman

        Well it becomes a child eventually...

      • Endscrypt

        Think that's kinda worldwide bro, not just Australian,

  • kleerkoat

    iCloud saves?

    • Chq

      Women shaves.

      • kleerkoat

        dudes misbehave.... but does it have cloud saves?

      • kleerkoat

        nvm just saw in some other places it doesn't currently but it will in an update. :-/

        holding off until then.