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…
I love mobile gaming because it allows me to carry tons of my favorite traditional styles of games around in my pocket, but what I love even more are the super quirky experiences that could only be possible with the unique features of a mobile device. Noodlecake and indie developer Jonatan Van Hove’s new release Don’t Trip (Free) embodies everything about latter group of games. Basically you place one foot down at a time by placing a thumb on the screen and then twist your device forward to place your other thumb down and take a step. You continue doing this, sort of waddling along with your thumbs, for as long as possible while also avoiding the many hazards that are waiting to trip you up. This incredible trailer and the game’s very helpful and not at all vindictive mascot Trippy explains everything.
As we’ve mentioned previously, we saw Don’t Trip in a very early state during GDC 2017 close to two years ago, and it’s remarkable just how far it has come in the time since. Gone are the somewhat crude 2D visuals which have been replaced with very charming and colorful 3D models. The environments are also much more varied and hazard-filled. There’s also a huge selection of unlockable shoes so you can pick a pair that suits your style the best, and each pair has a number of different skins so you can further personalize your kicks to your taste. More than anything Don’t Trip is just a silly good time and the perfect sort of game to pull out while at a bar with friends or while hanging out with family during the holidays, as its unique concept will surely get a good response. We’ve seen all sorts of quirky iOS game concepts that never actually materialized into anything, so it warms my heart to see Don’t Trip not only see the light of day but also in such a fully-realized fashion.