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…
There are lots of great games that come out every week on the App Store, and it’s always hard picking just one for the Game of the Week. What led to Kiwanuka ($0.99) being our pick this week was a multi-step process, at least for me. I added Kiwanuka to our Out Now post and upon seeing the screenshots thought, “Oh! Lemmings with lightning for some reason? Cool!" Then, the very next morning, before I’d had a chance to actually try the game, I saw the trailer, and actually understood what the game was all about: Making bridges out of people to navigate puzzle like levels. Ok, now I’m really intrigued. Then, at long last, I finally was able to sit down and try out Kiwanuka. All that anticipation couldn’t even prepare me for the actual experience of playing.
Kiwanuka is such a brilliant, beautiful, unique experience. Everything from the sounds, visuals, and just the vibe of the game all come together to create one of the most interesting little games I’ve played since… well, since Monument Valley, to be honest. I know that’s high praise, but this game seriously kicks ass. It’s funny because my initial thought of “Lemmings with lightning" isn’t totally far off base, but it also doesn’t do justice to what this game is actually all about. We reviewed Kiwanuka earlier today and had no problem awarding it 5 stars, so be sure to check that out because there’s not a whole lot I can say about the game that hasn’t already been said. People in our forums are showering it with love, too. Basically, if you have two bucks and are looking for a truly unique, quirky, inventive and just plain enjoyable new game to play, plunk down your dough for Kiwanuka.