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…

 

Hidden Folks

I feel like I say the same thing every week, but it's true! There are so many great games releasing each week that it's tough to pick just one for this Game of the Week thing. Complicating things further, this week's pick isn't the game-iest game around and in fact it's almost like an interactive toy more than a game. However, Hidden Folks [$3.99] is so undeniably charming and so darn enjoyable it simply had to be our pick.

Hidden Folks is like a Where's Waldo? (or Where's Wally? outside the US) for the smartphone and tablet generation. It's not the first "find the objects" type game for smartphones, and great ones like the Little Things or Time Geeks series have previously paved the way. Where Hidden Folks differs for me is in its completely hand-drawn artwork and entirely mouth-made sound effects.

It's interesting because Hidden Folks wouldn't work as well as a physical book like Where's Waldo? The charm and enjoyment comes from poking and prodding at every little element in each of the game's expansive landscapes. Just about everything produces some sort of result when touched, whether it be a sound effect or an animation that affects the environment. It's actually essential to discovering some of the items in the game which can be hidden away behind a bush or in a tree until you poke it out.

The worlds in Hidden Folks feel like living, breathing things, and that just wouldn't translate as well on a sheet of paper. The amount of detail in Hidden Folks is astounding. That's why I say it's almost more of a toy than an actual game. Sure, you're searching for specific items that the game tells you to, but the tiny worlds just beg to be explored and touched, and finding the goal items is almost secondary to that.

Of course, if this sort of hidden object game isn't your thing I doubt Hidden Folks will change your mind, and once you've found every item or person and poked at every element in every scene, there's not much more to keep you coming back. That doesn't diminish the impact Hidden Folks has while it lasts though, and more scenes are planned for future updates.

Hidden Folks is truly the type of game where you can feel the heart and soul emanating out of the screen, and for less than a fiver it'll easily keep you enetertained as you escape into these tiny yet expansive little worlds.

  • daniel0025

    Looks like a really cool game! Does it have a zoom tool or something like that so we can play it on an iPhone 5S or SE?

    • nkx

      Really! Slayaway should have got it

      • EvilDucktator

        Hey, nkx: "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."
        Go 🙂

      • dancj

        In fairness, that quote invites people to disagree in the comments.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        "and why" being the important part, it's meant to spur discussion instead of just name dropping other games.

      • Lickzy

        I'd rather play Slayaway than this, however, did you watch the video?

        I find it pretty awesome the where's Waldo aspect of the game with the addition of interacting with the environment. That's pretty freaking unique... at least to my knowledge.

        This is rightfully deserved GOTW for its appeal and uniqueness. Just looks "Cool" to me

    • Precious Tritium

      Yep. You can absolutely pinch and zoom.

  • HelperMonkey

    The hand drawn lines and detailed interactivity kind of remind me of TraptionBakery, which was brilliantly weird. (And which thwarted all my efforts at deciphering.)

  • monorator

    Was an instabuy for me after watching the trailer. Playing with it (or toying around with it as Jared has rightly put) just gives me a feeling of happiness.

  • Sangeet Shukla

    Android !!! Android !!!Android !!!Android !!!Android !!!Android !!!
    We need this one Android ASAP...

    • Adriaan de Jongh

      working on it!

      • Sangeet Shukla

        Yes,i read about it somewhere... & i am excited for this game,hope people aho signed up for beta atleast got a chance to play it first.even i send back a mail to on that email.

  • neiliss

    Have been enjoying this for a few days, really cool concept, easy to pick up and challenging enough.

  • snowhuoue

    For me this game is like meditation. Calms my brain. Love it!

  • Disco Driscoll

    How many levels does it have?

    • Adriaan de Jongh

      14 right now, more to come!

      • Henry Law

        if it wasnt for the coverage from touch arcade i wouldnt know there's a steam version and i LOVE playing it on the mac pro and imac ! and i am gonna buy it again thanks for having apple tv version!!

  • Remote_

    So richly deserved. Superb game.

  • thumbs07

    Awesome looking game

  • orangecan

    A worthy winner for me. I'm enjoying Slayaway hugely but this pips it to the post.

  • Qvothe1331

    I'm stuck between this and I worded. Any thoughts?

  • onebigdoor

    i'm terribly excited to play this with my 5yo. i'm having a blast with slayway, but i'm sure not showing it to her!

  • dakeese

    How is the playability on a phone versus an iPad?

    • Adriaan de Jongh

      Obviously a phone screen is smaller, which has a disadvantage over a bigger screen (you simply see less) - so if you have the option, go for the big screen!

  • cadaei

    It also works on the Apple TV, but the little check marks are off the screen.

    My kids enjoyed it a lot.

    • Henry Law

      I think buying the Mac version on steam and play on the iMac works best

    • Adriaan de Jongh

      If the checkmarks are off the screen, that means your TV has positioned the image coming from the Apple TV too low / large so that it extends outside of your screen! So what I'm saying is: this isn't a problem of the game 😉