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…

 

Rush Rally 2

A little more than a year ago, late on a Friday afternoon much like this one, I posted about a game called Rush Rally that snuck out after the normal weekly schedule but had been creating a huge buzz from folks in our forums. I was totally bowled over with Rush Rally, and felt like I just had to tell people to check it out before the weekend came and went and the game might possibly get lost in the shuffle. Interestingly, developer Brownmonster was already in the midst of creating a sequel when Rush Rally first came out, and following an extremely productive beta testing period in our forums this week marked the official release of Rush Rally 2 [$0.99].

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So, where to begin? Whereas the original Rush Rally was a great top-down rally racing game, Rush Rally 2 is a bit more traditional and offers a couple of behind-the-car cameras as well as a bonnet (hood) cam. Like the original, Rush Rally 2 skews more towards a simulation-style rally game but definitely has some arcade-y elements making it more approachable. Things can feel pretty difficult at first but as you warm up to the game and especially as you unlock higher classes of cars this becomes one of the best-controlling, most satisfying, and most exhilarating rally racing games around.

There is SO MUCH to talk about in Rush Rally 2–like its fantastic visuals and course designs, highly customizable selection of cars, extensive graphical settings, multiple game modes and several silly mini-games to break up the action–that it's probably best reserved for a full review. Basically, I'm just here to make sure you're aware of easily one of the best racing games on mobile, but there are plenty of impressions in the game's forum thread if you're curious to hear more before pulling the trigger. Oh, and did I mention this entire game was made by just one guy? Yeah, a racing game that rivals those from some of the biggest AAA companies was made by a single dude. Crazy.

iOS is full of racing games, but rally racers are a bit more scarce and non-free-to-play rally racers are even harder to find. The original Rush Rally used a very friendly free to play system with a one-time premium unlock IAP, but Rush Rally 2 goes the full premium route with an up-front price of $3.99 and no IAP in sight. A total bargain in my opinion. In a week that was filled with a ton of great new games, Rush Rally 2 is the one I keep finding myself coming back to, and even thinking about coming back to when I am playing something else, and that earns it our Game of the Week nod and a hearty recommendation for racing fans.

  • Occupied

    Congrats BM!

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  • Ijipop

    Okay!
    But Imbroglio?

  • schoolhouse spirits

    I'm loving this game, totally deserves GOTW!

  • Fudda

    Nah.... Titan Quest for sure. ;P

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/rrvirus redribbon

    well deserved. now apple please feature this game on your front page. congrats BM.

    • atchoo

      It's among "New Games We (They) Love" in Italy! ^_^

    • Stephen Brown

      Its been featured on the front page in 135 countries now apparently 🙂

      • Peter

        not on the Japanese store but it is on the Irish one!

  • nkx

    Titan Quest should have won it. I don't get why you guys always go against the popular games. Titan Quest is far more superior in my opinion. Either way congrats to the game that won I will try it out I guess

    • dancj

      They explain it in the first couple of paragraphs - every week

      • lonestarcarper

        This guy knows.

  • Gurney Halleck

    Thanks for this great mini-review. I think I'm convinced, liked the first one and really want to encourage the dev for going full premium! Smashing buy button T-minus 10

  • Gurney Halleck

    Imbroglio, a very creative game. Titan Quest, an excellent port of a pretty great game. Rush Rally 2, an original masterwork and stands alone in it's category. Deserving of the GOTW imho. Congrats BrownMonster!

  • schoolhouse spirits

    I'm sorry, but Titan Quest is a port of a 10 year old game. Rally Rush 2 is years of one man's blood, sweat, and tears poured into an original passion project, and he's only hoping to be able to feed his wife and Twins while also improving the game with updates over time. In addition to having tons of content and no IAP, most importantly Rush Rally 2 nails the feel and handling aspects of rally racing perfectly. The touch controls are surprisingly great, plus MFI controllers are supported for the hardcore. GOTW is much deserved! This is game of the year material in my opinion.

  • OrangutanKungfu

    Let's face it, this was a very strong week. Rush Rally 2 wouldn't be my choice, as driving games rarely flick my switch, but can't argue with the quality of it.

  • FRACTURES

    Great game. So much more fun with tilt controls (which feel slightly hidden) at approx 35% sensitivity. Bonnet view. Switch off line assistance. Turn the music off. Co-driver volume right up. Then the fun really begins 🙂

  • H4nd0fg0d

    Congrats BM! Couldn't have gone to a more talented, dedicated, hard working and deserving dev.

  • lonestarcarper

    I have to agree - I love Titan quest but it is a port, this game is amazing

  • Michael Lyons

    To me Titan Quest releasing is a very big deal but it doesn't really need the call out that this game seems to really deserve so I am glad this got a game of the week nod as I would not have known about it. I'll be getting it now myself. I really appreciate good games that do not milk you with the freemium model. It's a combo that is pure win.

  • Mark Cee

    I think it's pretty awesome TA had the balls to nominate another game as game of the week over the obvious one everyone probably expected- Titan Quest.

  • Shkrbby

    I dislike the fact that the dev scores his own game 5 stars. Really? Come on let the buyers decide. Ffs.

    • schoolhouse spirits

      Well the game has 19 touch arcade ratings, and every single one is 5 stars. I don't think this effected to ratings very much haha.

    • Stephen Brown

      I wasn't expecting any exposure on this one so I gave it the best start I could! I'm actually so happy people are giving it the attention I feel it deserves, and also that people are enjoying it so much!

      I've tried to create a "proper" game for the gamers here on my own, with none of this IAP nonsense which I feel really takes away the enjoyment of gaming!

      I could understand your comment if it was made by a huge company like EA! Each to their own though!

  • GSport

    Let him rate his game 5 Stars! He earned it! I would be proud of myself if I created this masterpiece!

    • Stephen Brown

      Haha cheers!

  • pinchez

    Looks great and an instant buy for me because of the "no iAP nonsense" always like to support devs that do this 🙂

    • Stephen Brown

      Great stuff thanks 🙂

  • siryami220

    This game is a total win.

    • Stephen Brown

      I'm really hoping now it spreads and becomes the new norm for racing games in terms of "a game that provides loads of content, fun and quality all at one small fixed price" just like games used to be! (Thanks BTW!)

  • MasonHurst

    Sadly the apps store's race to the bottom has trained consumers to only expect free items...quality be damned. I think you're in for an uphill battle here...no pun intended. Shitty state of affairs indeed.

  • MasonHurst

    And of course they're not free. Apparently today's gamer doesn't mind being nickel and dime'd to death. Sorry to sound negative here. Both of your Rally games are great.