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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Monument Valley'

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...

Freebie Alert: 'Flying Hamster' and 'SunFlowers' Both Updated for Widescreen and Currently Free

I'm a big, big fan of shoot 'em ups, and one of my favorites is Game Atelier's Flying Hamster [Free / Free (HD)]. It's a good shooter in its own right, with tight controls, tons of enemies, cool power-ups and epic boss fights, but what really puts it over the top for me is its sheer absurdity. Seriously, chickens laying explosive golden eggs, cats getting wasted off of "root beer" and vomiting, and cows shooting milk at you from their udders like a mini-gun are the norm, and that's just in the first level...

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Just for Kicks: 'Kind of Soccer' Coming Out This Month

Kind of Soccer, a new game by Swiss designer Christian Schnellmann, isn't soccer at all, or even kind of like soccer. Sure, everybody's got a little soccer kit on, but it could be called Kind of Elves, or Kind of Space Marines, or Kind of Hodappy Birds, and it would still be a cute little action game...

There's already been AI bots that play Threes!, but this is a real robot that plays the game, live streamed on Twitch. Created by Mathew Wegner, this is something you simply have to see to believe:..

Kalypso Media has formed a sister company to develop and publish games on iOS and Android, according to a press release sent out by the German publisher. The newly-minted Kalypso Media Mobile (what poetry!) will start with handheld versions of its parent company's franchises, but brand new games are also in the works. ..

Earlier this week, Mode 7 Games announced (via Facebook and co-founder Paul Taylor's Twitter account) that Frozen Synapse [$0.99 (HD)] was coming to iPhones. The top-down tactical strategy game was well-received when it was released on PC and Mac a few years ago, and again when it made its iOS debut as an iPad-only game last year. Line of sight and adequate cover are one thing, but Frozen Synapse's real draw is the mental chess match that occurs between opposing players: the game is turn-based, but all of the action happens simultaneously, so you'll be guessing your enemy's strategy while devising your own. It's neat stuff...

Back at GDC last month, we sat down with developer One Man Left and took the new Brimstone Pinball mode in their frantic arcade game Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99] for a spin. In this mode, you'll be tilting to avoid things just like always, but you'll need to bounce around a fiery, evil pinball to destroy enemies. Our GDC video wasn't the greatest in terms of audio quality, but it did give you a good idea of the new mode. However, One Man Left has released an official trailer for Brimstone Pinball today, so you can get an even better look at how it works...

Twitchy Avoidance Game 'Unpossible' Heading to the App Store April 17th

One of my favorite upcoming games that I had a chance to play at GDC last month was Unpossible from developer Acceleroto, a twitchy obstacle avoidance game. I've been hoping the release would be coming up soon, and to my delight earlier this week it was announced that Unpossible will be launching on April 17th, just a couple of weeks away. To get an idea of what Unpossible is all about, check out our hands-on video with developer Bryan Duke from this past GDC:..

'Galcon' Developer Reveals Endless Brick Breaker 'Breakfinity', Launching April 10th

Galcon developer Phil Hassey has a new game up his sleeve called Breakfinity, and it's coming out next week. Breakfinity takes your typical brick-breaking game and makes it an endless affair. There's all the normal stuff you'd expect, like different brick patterns and power-ups for your paddle, but each level is constantly scrolling downward, forcing you to be quick with all your brick breaking lest you be smashed from above...

Last week, Zen Studios announced a new table pack for their popular pinball game Star Wars Pinball [$1.99]. The upcoming table pack will include four new tables, a "Masters of the Force" table featuring both good and evil forces, a "Droids" table featuring C-3PO and R2-D2, an "Episode IV: A New Hope" table, and a table themed around Han Solo and his furry sidekick Chewbacca. The original announcement showcased a trailer for the Han Solo table, and today Zen has released a trailer showing off the Episode IV table...

Junk Jack X [$4.99] is one of the best examples of a Minecraft-like sandbox game that's tailored perfectly to mobile devices. You can explore, battle, craft, build… basically do a near-infinite amount of cool things as you create your own adventure in the tiny world of Junk Jack. According to a post by developer Pixbits in our forums, you'll soon be able to do all those awesome things with an adorable pet companion at your side. Check out the teaser screen they posted showing some of these cute little buggers...

In the world of "throw RPG mechanics onto a tried-and-true game genre to create awesomeness," one of the most promising examples was Crossword Dungeon [$2.99] from developer Nolithius. Released in the fall of 2012, Crossword Dungeon was a game that blended crossword puzzle-solving with dungeon crawling and RPG mechanics. It totally worked at its most basic level, but was somewhat diminished by a lack of words and variety in its gameplay. It's been a long time coming, but a brand new update has solved most of those issues, and if you missed it before then Crossword Dungeon is totally something you should check out now...

11-bit Studios Goes on the Defensive with Upcoming 'Anomaly Defenders'

11-bit Studios made their mark on the App Store back in 2011 with Anomaly Warzone Earth, a gorgeous strategy game that took the tired tower defense genre and spun it on its ear by putting you in the shoes of the creeps rather than the one controlling the towers. Thus, the tower offense genre was born. They kept the tower offense train rolling the following year with Anomaly Korea, which felt mostly like an expansion of the original game, followed by Anomaly 2 last October, which was a full-blown sequel...

Tiny Thief [Free], the first game under the Rovio stars program that stole our hearts just got a whole new chapter in its latest update. You’ll have to pay $1.99 to unlock it though but I’m sure it will be worth it. A new evil rises as a witch has kidnapped the King. You’ll need to save him in 5 new levels that are filled with magic and sorcery...

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