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…

 

forma.8 GO

It's not unusual for the development of a mobile game to take a long time. I mean, there are lots of indies that are just one or two person operations who are trying to make games in whatever spare time they have outside of regular day jobs and families. Plenty of times we've been excited for something that just seems to never come along. I was pretty sure that was the fate of Mixed Bag's forma.8. It was first announced in June of 2012, and it seemed like every year at E3 or GDC or other gaming conferences we'd see an in-progress build that looked great, and were always promised that the release was right around the corner. Well, 5 years is a long time, but somehow Mixed Bag came through on their promise and this week they released the mobile version of the game which they call forma.8 GO [$5.99].

Aaaaand… it was totally worth the wait! Just in case you haven't been following forma.8 for the last 5 years like we have, it's a Metroidvania style game which means the entire thing takes place in one humongous, interconnected map and as you play you'll unlock new items and abilities which will open up new pathways until eventually you've unlocked the entire thing. You play as a tiny exploration probe and unlike most Metroidvanias which are platformer-based, in this one you actually fly around meaning you can go in all directions.

This is a BIG game, and I've heard from some people who are several hours in and haven't even registered the 25% completion mark yet, so if you're looking for a lot of bang for your buck then forma.8 should deliver. And as great as the actual action and exploration parts are (and those boss fights!), what really sticks out to me about this game is its tremendous atmosphere. The stylized graphics are an homage to the classic adventure Out of This World (aka Another World) and I feel like they really did it justice here. Also, the music and sound effects add tremendously to the experience, so definitely don't be scared to bust out some headphones and completely lose yourself in this one.

We see a lot of games lag for years in development hell, and more often than not it feels like those games just plain disappear and never end up coming out. I feared that would be the fate of forma.8, but Mixed Bag never gave up on the project and even managed to release it on a variety of platforms besides mobile. I think, though, it's the sort of game that will be really be especially appreciated by mobile gamers looking for something meaty to sink their teeth into, and its controls are simple enough that it feels just fine on the touchscreen (but supports MFi controllers if you want). I'm happy that a game I'd been looking forward to for so long not just actually came out, but that it's actually a fantastic game too, so don't let forma.8 slip under your radar and check out the forum thread for tons of discussion of the game.

  • nkx

    Great choice! Never heard of this game bought it slightly on impulse but glad I did! It's a relaxing adventure

  • Akantor

    I love supporting premium titles and am more than happy to do so on this long awaited release. Great job devs!

  • korossyl

    I was on the fence about this; this put me over the top. And... holy cow. This is unbelievable.

  • wingnut22

    Good choice. This was my second pick this week. I'm hooked on poly bridge. Spent nearly 5 hours on a plane today absorbed in this. Lots of good stuff this week!

  • dancj

    The review at 148 Apps is not very positive.

    • collider

      That reviewer seemed to be describing a game he wanted, rather than the game he was playing. To each his own. If you liked Waking Mars, Another World, BadLand, any Metroid... this should be up your alley. They mixed a ton of great stuff in here and made it their own.
      There is no hand holding whatsoever... if you're stuck on a puzzle, you have to figure it out. It feels good when you do.

      • dancj

        I haven't played Metroid, but I loved the others. I'm definitely considering it.

      • spizak

        Metroid or more metroidvania games are games based around exploration and revisiting previous sections with new skills to progress.

      • dancj

        Oh yeah, I know the genre. One of my favourite games is Swordigo.

  • MajesticLobster

    Great game, plays wonderfully on Apple TV with a Steelseries Nimbus. It reminds me a little of PixelJunk Shooter....minus the shooting.

  • Blucard

    I'm slowly leaving console gaming for mobile and when I get titles like this or Transistor, it shows me the future is bright for mobiles.

    Now...Beef up the TV and have Square Enix port all Final Fantasy up to FFXIIHD!!!
    😎

  • lezrock

    So worth the wait and the the bucks!

  • ElZilcho

    There's a lot to like about this game. However, the abysmal map that gives you only a rough idea of where you and where you've been keeps me from recommending it. Each map section is far too large for a simple box map to be sufficient.

    If they add the actual paths and/or split each map section into smaller pieces, I'll revisit the game. Until then, 2 stars and deleted.

  • Mat Dub

    Fun game. Frustrating bare bones "map".