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 adoโ€ฆ


Dust: An Elysian Tail

It's always cool to see games that were big deals on other platforms make their way to iOS. They always serve as a great way to show that, hey, mobile gaming is a 'real' gaming platform, that it can run the same great games that everyone else enjoys, along with a ton of exclusive games that work just. 2012's great Metroidvania, Dust: An Elysian Tail [$5.99], is one of those examples, and while it's a bit delayed coming to mobile, it's still fantastic, and it's our game of the week.

If you've never played it, Dust is an absolutely gorgeous game. The animations are top-shelf, the kind of quality you don't necessarily expect from an indie game where budgets are limited, but still just the level of quality on display here is absurdly high. This is a game that runs on the Xbox 360, sure, but given the production quality here, it definitely shows off what iOS devices can do well.

Bringing a controller-based game to mobile is difficult, but the folks at Humble Hearts did a good enough job at bringing it to mobile. There's just four face buttons to control the main action, but they're sizable enough that they're quite usable. The swipes and drags to move make perfect sense, and the dashing is cleverly implemented, by swiping fast and letting go. It'd be interesting to see 3D Touch perhaps used for this sort of thing at some point. Pretty much the only thing missing is MFi controller support, but you can customize pretty much everything about the touch controls. Also, they put in cloud saving, and that makes up for a lot in my book.

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But really, the big reason to care about Dust: An Elysian Tail? You get a Metroidvania adventure that doesn't skimp on the combat at all. You get a ton of options and combos at your disposal to fight enemies with, knocking them in the air and smacking them about, while using Fidget's projectiles and the Dust Storm to wreak havoc all over the place. At its best, combat is a gloriously chaotic mix that you're in complete control of, dealing damage to dozens of enemies at once. And it looks gorgeous with all the effects on screen at once.

And with Dust, you get a game that will last you a very long time โ€“ 9 or 10 hours for the main quest with plenty of extras to find and discover. It is a Metroidvania, afterall, albeit one where you can grind to get more experience for your character in. But hey, that's how it was in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and this is comparable to that with more God of War-style combat, and how does that not sound like a game you want to play? Plus, you're getting the game for two-fifths of what it is normally on PC. Enjoy it, mobile gamers. You have to wait, but the weird mobile gaming market gives you some killer bargains on some killer games.

Plus, seriously, this game has to be seen in motion. It's absolutely stunning to see all the effects in action that you have control over unleashing.

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  • Repulsa

    I'm broke until I get paid on Tuesday but man I cannot wait to play this !!!

  • LarryWP

    No argument here. Game is amazing. Fighting gets a bit repetitious, but the art work and voice content are five star. Controls work very smooth too.

    • Themostunclean

      The repetitive combat is exactly why I couldn't finish it when it was free on PS4. It's a beautiful game but I just couldn't get excited to play it after a while.

      • LarryWP

        Yeah, I can see that I won't finish it either if the amount of fighting stays the same. It's just too much.

      • Milotorou

        All these kind of games tend to feel like this though, thats why i usually play about one hour at a time

      • LarryWP

        That's a good idea. I will try that instead of several hour marathons. Thanks!

      • scrotally

        You unlock new abilities throughout the game which keeps it fresh. One of my favorite platformers of all time.

      • Mike

        something like castlevania, and castlevania 3, i don't mind playing to the end...ghoul's and ghost on genesis too...the diverse weapons and distinct enemies maintain a strong challenge and really draw you in and make combat varied enough

    • Desertking24

      The fighting gets alittle repetitive but then I think of how many hack n'slash are repetitive after awhile but still awesome and great story

  • LordShad0wz

    Absolutely, wholeheartedly, agree !

    • Repulsa

      So wait can someone elaborate a little how much combat are we talking .. Where do all the cool crafting and rpg elements come into play? If it's nothing but non stop fighting then maybe I had the wrong impression

      • AppUnwrapper

        There is crafting, but either I missed the blacksmith or he doesn't come till later. I'm at 13% and haven't seen him yet. ๐Ÿ™

      • Shiro

        Her. It's a her and for a furry she's rather blatantly flirtatious.

      • AppUnwrapper

        Did I miss her or she comes later?

  • speedyph

    GAME IS FLAT OUT FLAWLESS OMG ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

  • Milotorou

    Enjoyed on xbox, enjoyed on pc, now loving it on mobile, truly deserving of the game of the week title, 5/5

  • oz26mgs

    I'm citing TotalBiscuit on this. So as long as what he said is credible, I think it should be noted that the game was basically created by a single person. From what I heard, one person did the programming and the art for this game. That's pretty unreal. I'd buy it just to support the dev. However the game is amazing so I'll buy it for that reason instead.

    • Sebastian Gomez

      I was amazed when I read about the original game being developed by one person (aside from music and voice cast). People are amazing, really.

      It doesn't really matter to me if combat gets repetitive (Barely 7% completion and it's already like that), because there are still other elements to enjoy from this title: plot, BGM, sound and visual effects, overall art, voiced dialogs, basic customization, items collection, free exploration, no IAPs, iCloud support, just name it!... and all of that for $5.99!

      I can see this game being reviewed and awarded a 4.5/5 at less.

      I'm enjoying it and will probably play it from start to finish this weekend.

      • Milotorou

        It does get a bit repetitive but a lot of action games do tbh... Its nice that this game lasts less than 20 hours to get everything, it avoids getting too tedious

  • areion

    Great game so far. Controls are not an issue. Props to Dev

  • heringer

    Just so people are not disappointed, the structure is NOT comparable to SotN. It's much much more streamlined. The combat is the star here, it's not really a great example of the Metroidvania genre.

  • tigerstripes85

    This game will only work on devices that have 1GB or more of RAM. It plays on the iPhone 5, but gets a little laggy when action is heavy. The sound gets a bit fuzzy at times (but that could be due to using an older device?) Touch controls work surprisingly well!

  • 7lilwhitewolf7

    Metroidvania iz such a Awesome word

  • MarsMachine

    Awesome game! So happy this got game of the week. I didn't know the game on other platforms and this went under in the out-now-post. This is like when Bastion came to mobile! It is unbelievable you can play this on a phone! I find the fighting very interesting and not boring at all. You can choose your style of fighting with many options. It is worth the few bucks just for the beautiful artwork alone! Must have on iOS

  • Komodovaran

    How does it run? I heard a lot of good things about Transistor until I found out it runs like arse on the latest hardware.

    • MasterEx

      Transistor runs buttersmooth just like this game on my 6 so i dont know what you are getting at

      • Komodovaran

        Sometimes it would massively slow down. But the worst thing was the incessant black screens.

    • Clymore102

      Transistor runs smoothly on my iPad Air 2.

  • Benjamin Rodriguez

    Hah, I remember this game.

    It can be repetitive which is why I didn't finish it on PC, but the dialog is superb.

    I'll probably check it out if the controls end up pretty decent.

    Even on the PC with a controller it was kinda hard to perfect combos sometimes, I would feel that it'd be even harder on iOS.

  • smiffee666

    Friday and this game will be mine, only 5 more days haha

  • Liggerstuxin

    I'm pretty picky and this is a great game. Don't ask about it, just get it.

  • nicoper

    There is something missing here though, that something is Maglor and the cats.