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…


Love You To Bits

Back in spring of 2012, one of our most highly-anticipated titles around TouchArcade Towers was a game called Tiny Thief [Free] by a new studio out of Barcelona named 5 Ants. It aimed to marry more traditional point-and-click adventure games with elements of stealth, and when Tiny Thief finally released in July the following year, we thought it succeeded beautifully.


Sadly, Tiny Thief is currently broken on iOS 9 and publisher Rovio has no plans to fix it. However, after its release some of the members responsible for making Tiny Thief moved on to a new project which was to be a spiritual successor of sorts. That game, called Love You To Bits [$3.99], launched this week and it's everything you'd hope for and more as a fan of Tiny Thief or just touching, beautiful games in general.

The story at the heart of Love You To Bits is adorable. You play as Kosmo, a plucky space explorer who is madly in love with his robot girlfriend Nova. Unfortunately, during an assault on your spacecraft, Nova gets blown into may pieces that spread all throughout the galaxy. Not content with losing his beloved, Kosmo sets out on a journey to track down Nova's various bits and piece her back together, so they can continue living happily ever after.

You'll accomplish this by going from level to level, poking and prodding at each one's environments discovering items and ultimately figuring out the puzzle that allows you to obtain the next piece of Nova. Nearly every level has some sort of nod to a famous video game, including many mobile games, and it's an absolute delight exploring every nook and cranny and trying to pinpoint the references and discover hidden items. Those hidden items are actually mementos from your relationship with Nova, and once found you can watch little animations of when that particular item became meaningful to the couple. It reminds me (in ore ways than one, actually) of Simogo's wonderful Bumpy Road [$2.99] and collecting that cute couple's memories along the way.

Love You To Bits is positively charming, smile-inducing, and often gut-wrenching. For being a little animated boy and his robot girlfriend, you can feel the actual love between Kosmo and Nova, making the goal of tracking down the parts and piecing her back together all the more meaningful. So far none of the levels have been particularly challenging, but that's not really the point. The solutions are almost alway clever in a way that's easy to appreciate, and just exploring the little world of Love You To Bits is a great reward. Fans of Tiny Thief, old-school adventure games, or charming love stories need to pick this one up right away, and don't forget to check out what people in our forums have to say about it as well.

  • scottsoapbox

    Less inclined to buy this, since my copy of tiny thief still seems broken...

    • Amenbrother

      Good point really.

    • Collin

      From the article it seems that's on Rovio, not these guys. My copy of Tiny Thief being broken didn't stop me from snatching this up, and absolutely loving it. The art is fantastic, the sounds are fantastic, the controls are perfect so far, and each level I've played through has been memorable. Loving this game so much, and I'm wishing the devs great success.

    • SPM21Bucky

      Tiny Thief Is Not Working On IOS 9. What's Up With That?
      We are currently in the process of making Tiny Thief compatible with iOS 9. Please bear with us - we'll try to get it done as soon as possible!

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      Hopefully I can copy and paste this without permission, but it looks like they are trying to fix it.

      • SPM21Bucky

        That's from the Rovio support page after selecting Tiny Thief.

      • Son of Anarchy

        It works on older devices like an iPad 2 with the latest iOS. But strangely not on anything newer.

    • ste86uk

      Your loss, can't expect a game to work forever on iOS it's been out an age in iOS time now. Besides like the guy said they are working on it.

      If your interested in this just get it

      • Bool Zero

        Actually, it should be natural to expect to be able to play a game you purchased a year or two later. Just because iOS has conditioned you (and us all in general) to expect to be unable to play our games at any moment doesn't make it right, good business practice or something we should come to expect and not complain about. He is doing what most would suggest he should do were it any other platform; vote with his wallet. And now you are suggesting that he is in the wrong for doing that as well? Sorry and no offense, but I am just tired of this "just shut up and take it" mentality that is exuded not just by publishers, but now by fellow gamers, the caste of unquestioning supporters of games who seem to insist to support a game, developer or publisher they love without question; and worse, rally to defend them as well. Know that Criticism doesn't always stem just from "hate". It also comes from love; love of a game, developer or publisher and wanting a perceivable negative quality to change or be corrected. Not everything requires unwavering defense. And I realize that it is a fault of iOS in general as well, but that doesn't change the fact that it has made some a little more gun-shy before buying games and building a library for the platform when it has become perhaps the least reliable of any when it comes to retention and compatibility. I know I for one have gone from spending perhaps $25 or more a week just on purchased games to maybe that much less than that each month or more because I can't trust the platform like I can others...

  • Hoodin

    You're doing yourself a disservice by not getting this game!!!

  • ekziled7

    Charm is off the charts with this one!

  • Fabuloso Games

    Great pick. This game is a work of art.

  • LarryWP

    Tiny Thief is excellent, too bad though about it is not working on iOS 9. This is the successor to it so I gifted it to my wife. She will love it! I would too but this is not my type of game right now. It does look nice though. Good job devs! 😉

  • Joachim

    Amazing game very smooth gameplay! I like it!

  • Jigglypuff

    I'm not huge fan of point-n-click adventures but this game is just awesome. Art, level design, music, characters, puzzles.. everything is just perfect.

  • nreyes

    This game is BROKEN on an iPad mini 2. It launches into a black screen and goes no further. It's not enough that people blame things on Apple or Game Center or whatever. The end result is that I have been screwed twice by flaky apps / untested compatibility. Just pure rubbish ....

  • Timmy2x

    This is a great game.

  • Mike

    While maintaining all the charming elements of Tiny Thief, except the one where you can click anywhere on the screen to find that hidden weasel (and similar items as the weasel)...this games improves in every way as a spiritual successor to Tiny Thief.

    Artwork while similar, is more intricate, creating more involving and emotionally invested atmospheres.

    The much improved music strongly lends to this element as well; my son and I were charmingly spooked out by some of the stages, while perplexed by the mysterious stages, and absolutely delighted by other stages.

    The puzzles are so so cleverly designed and makes so much sense when you solve them as the clues are all there, yet cleverly disguised.

    The story is overwhelmingly sweet, innocent, and adorable, yet meaningful as the different items recovered from your robot bring back a small animated memory that displays a simple kindness that truly touches your heart.

    My only motive for writing this review is that my son and I enjoyed the game so much, we really really hope there is a sequel, SOON.