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…


Tennis Champs Returns

If you've been following along for the past few days, it should come as absolutely no surprise to see Uprising Games' Tennis Champs Returns [Free] here in our Game of the Week post. I just can't stop saying enough good things about this game! Well, to be honest, I'm not so sure I have too much more to add after spilling my guts in our lengthy review of Tennis Champs Returns. So instead I'm going to talk about something that's been a problem for me in my nearly 6-years writing about games here at TouchArcade.

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Occasionally you'll come across a game that you just flat out fall in love with. Obviously, Tennis Champs is the most recent game to have that effect on me, but it happens pretty frequently. The problem is that sometimes when you fall in love with a game you start to feel a bit self-conscious about it. Is this game REALLY that good? Or am I just some crazy outlier? I never want to lead people astray when talking about the games that I like, and obviously not everyone is going to love every game. But the more I played Tennis Champs and the more deeply I fell for it I started to freak out, especially while writing the extremely glowing review. Will other people feel the same?

Thankfully, I'm quite sure I wasn't the only one who fell in love with Tennis Champs Returns this week. The reception it's been getting on our forums and elsewhere on the internet has been extremely positive. Sure, maybe not everyone is as obsessed as I am, but I'm at least confident now that I'm not crazy and this is actually an incredible game. In fact I suggested to my friend last night that he download Tennis Champs and give it a whirl. He's a gamer but only occasionally games on his iPhone, so I was curious to see how he'd take to this one. Surprisingly, he worked his way through the tutorial levels and about 20 minutes in was starting to grasp the mechanics really well. It was at that point that I could see him smiling, enjoying scoring on his opponents and chastising himself for making mistakes. This only made him more determined to improve, and just like that I was once again affirmed that this is a really good game.

So be sure to read our Tennis Champs Returns review if you haven't already. It's scary writing about games that I really, really love because I worry that I'm not able to properly convey the things I like or explain the game adequetly. In short, I worry that I won't do the game justice, but I think I covered everything I wanted to in that review and hopefully it'll help people understand just why this little unassuming tennis game has worked its way so deeply into my heart and mind. If you haven't yet given Tennis Champs Returns a download, it's free and you have nothing to lose, so get on that.

  • djstout

    Not only game of the week but game of the month and maybe game of the year as its by far the best ever tennis game on a mobile device. Mario Tennis and Prince of Tennis are two other great games but they aren't as good as this one!

  • OrangutanKungfu

    Easily game of the week, and filling out an already very strong top 5 for the year, with Crashlands, FFIX, Super Phantom Cat and Adventures of Mana. Is it really only February? Sheesh.

  • Timmy2x

    This game is great.

  • Xyth

    I can tell this is an utterly brilliant game because even though the 1-star AI opponents are beating me, I don't care cos it's so much fun.

  • Brawwwn

    Not a very good game but you gotta pick one a week right? I know I'm in the minority here but bad controls and just not much of a game, maybe I'm missing the point though.

    • djstout

      Bad control? Compare to all the other tennis games in iOS this one is truly amazing. It's a true simulation which I love.

    • metalcasket

      Bad controls? LOL. They're flawless.

      • Brawwwn

        I'll give it another shot. I just can't stand virtual buttons.

    • James

      I have to agree. The controls are just awful.

    • yetibear89

      I completely agree. Interesting throwback that is pleasantly customisable but marred by horrendous touch controls. Changing directions is cumbersome and finicky and the placement and size of the two shot buttons are awful, I frequently miss drop shots because the blue button is slightly too near the edge of the screen. It is nice to have a high difficulty level but the bad controls are easily the most difficult thing for me.

  • bigrand1

    Well, once again you got me, Jared! I've told you before how much I enjoy your work and your style, so when I hear you talk this way my ears perk up and I pay attention! I actually wasn't planning to give this game my attention, but now I must! You might be too young to remember, but long ago there was this guy named E.F. Hutton, think he was a founder of a great financial firm. There were commercials where they would say, ' when E.F. Hutton speaks, everybody listens! " You're kinda like my E.F. Hutton, dude! When you're passionate about something and talk (write) about it, I always listen! (That's a serious compliment from me, man!) I would not say this about almost anyone! Anyway, I'm just gonna grab this game and I know immediately I'll dig it! So, gonna do that now! Thanks again, bud! In my opinion you're the best TA has! Hear that, Eli? Give this guy a big raise, or I gotta feeling one day he's gonna fly away to greener pastures, and you don't want THAT!!!!!

    • Jared Nelson

      Wow, that is far and away the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me. Sort of speechless heh. Thank you very much! Hope you're enjoying Tennis Champs 🙂

      • bigrand1

        You are welcome, my friend!👍
        Meant what I said! 😉

      • Hoodin

        Damn, that WAS a nice comment. I'm really diggin this community. People, for the most part, are really fantastic here! Glad I found it!

  • vicsark

    Thks for the reco, one cool game I would have missed for sure without TA. Bought the VIP pack, not really sure on what it did besides getting rid of ads. Only 3200 GC names in the leaderboards though, hope this game will catch up.

  • eclipsin1

    Excellent pick for GOTW - what a stellar game that approximates real tennis so well! 2016 has been good to us at TA.

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  • Jaime G

    I find the game too hard. I was getting to 3rd round in my first few tournaments, but now I have been beaten in first round for about 6 consecutive times, which is really discouraging. The game is otherwise really good, just not playable enough to get my attention if I keep losing like that. The controls could also be improved a bit, esp. the virtual joystick, which is perhaps too small for an ipad mini.