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…
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 [$ 3.99].
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.
AHHH!!! This week has so many great games that I’m really not sure where I’m going to find time to play all of them before we record our podcast on Friday. The whole list includes a bunch of indie stuff that’s been posted to our forums, but if you don’t want to comb through all of that, here’s my HOT PICKS of the week in a short list. This week perfectly embodies what I’m always talking about when people like to rant about how there’s no good mobile games anymore. There’s so many good games I don’t have time to play them all. For real.
Now, keep in mind, it’s entirely possible there’s other awesome games in this list that I just haven’t heard of or haven’t tried yet, but all of those are super strong on my radar and I’ve been looking forward to for … quite a while. Anyway, on with the show:
Arrow Rain is an action packed arcade style wave defense game. Choose between one of 5 heroic defenders and put your reflexes to the test as you survive wave after wave of arrow volleys raining down upon you from the sky.
You still do not know the cutest raccoon Candy? She is waiting for you in the fascinating world of educational games for kids! All the guys know that popping balloons is fun. And with Candy Raccoon it’s also informative! In addition, the developing game “Candy Raccoon: Balloon Games for Kids” allows you to pop balloons with benefit.
Burst all kinds of lovely candies in the cup, gameplay novel, interesting, variety of level design. Snowballs, birds,greedy candies,spider,etc. many exciting designs,shake your phone to let candies dance. Hundreds of levels, free to play, can’t stop at all, come on!
Cargo 3D Car Parking is an amazing game simulator which tests your car driving and parking skills simultaneously. It is designed with amazing features which stands it out from other competition games Apps.
Following the success of ‘The Wolf’ and a huge demand for more, the Studio prepared a fresh game with a cheetah as a main character and broad savannas as the environment. As you gain experience, you may develop the skills and abilities of your big cat. There are two game modes which you can always switch. One of them is a cooperative multiplayer mode, where you gain experience from hunting other animals. The PVP mode engages you in an exciting battle with other players. Everything is topped off with high end graphics.
Tired of running around to collect shiny things? Well, no more! Clicker Fred lets you get other hapless saps to do all the sweating – and horrible, horrible dying – for you. Pick up your scythe and start slicing your way to collossal riches!
Welcome to the world of Digital Eggs, an invention from the mind of the infamous Dr Nakamoto. You have found the last working prototype of the system but unfortunately it has been neglected and fallen into disrepair! You must help Dr Nakamoto resume his lost work, and finally discover if digital life forms can ever be really real!
Unleash the power of your fists, spells and weapons in this pattern-based adventure. Hone your reflexes and be one with the environment as speed and rhythm become second-nature. Play with powerful heroes and unlock all their abilities and secrets to help better dispense your foes. Reach new and faraway lands not yet discovered by fellow travelers. Be a Flipping Legend!
forma.8 is a unique take on the proven Metroidvania action-adventure formula, with a striking visual style and a huge world to explore.
As the small exploration probe forma.8 you’re stranded alone on the surface of an alien planet. Separated from your companions by accident you have a life or death mission to accomplish: find and recover a lost, powerful energy source before it’s too late. Ancient civilisations, great perils and dystopian visions await you. And not everything is what it seems…
Fourte is the math game where you play with 4 given numbers and the basic operators to get the desired number.
Enemies will approach! Can you defend your forte and unlock the math wizards? Add up your courage, subtract your weaknesses, Multiply your strength, divide your plans, and, of course, brace for the attack!
Fowlst is an an action game about an owl who is trapped in Hell for some reason. Make your way through chamber after spooky chamber, smashing Demons and grabbing loot. Dodge bullets, battle huge bosses and try not to get chopped In half by a buzz saw. Trade your loot for sick powers like egg bombs and rockets so you can really show those demons whos boss!
One of life’s greatest challenges is to notice life happening. In a world where connectivity doesn’t always mean connection; where the quicker the better and time off is time wasted – only a few have learnt the art of going slow.
Jump, swipe, don’t crash! Follow the arrows and swipe fast in the correct direction to avoid crashing! Reach higher than anyone and test your skills as you unlock the secrets of the universe! Download this FREE, NO ADS, addictive game and start jumping today!
Join us! Join Minds Up!! Here you can duel Sudoku with your friends in real-time! In Minds Up you can not only experience Sudoku by your own,but most importantly you can duel Sudoku with friends all over the world.Minds Up also provide you an oppertunity to make friends around the world and communicate skills online with top puzzle players! Interactive game is also avaliable here.Every there hours you can challenge three totally new Sudoku and earn free rewards.
This creative app allows you to create beautiful and unique plate patterns. The rotation of the plate lets you quickly and easily arrange various compositions. The process of applying decorations is relaxing and encourages you to experiment with the wide range of available ornaments.
Phase Spur is a casual puzzle game with cute little creatures. When they are happy, their spirit and cuteness endear everyone, so much so, it’s easy to get carried away by their cuteness. However, when they are disturbed, they can be quite annoying. So, here’s a thing, MAKE THEM HAPPY! The task is, arrange no more than two creatures in a line. As they are adamant in nature, no three creatures (not more than two) can exist along a line (vertical, diagonal and horizontal) from their point of view.
It’s a very challenging and entertaining 2d physics based race and skill game!
Use your skills to the limit! Try to get on each track bonuses by collecting stars and showing your skills. Use your in-game currency to buy other vehicles. When you fail, choose another vehicle and try a different method!
Wage war in this stunning modern warfare strategy game. COMMAND a powerful army, upgrade your defenses and arsenal, AND CONQUER the galaxy! The fate of human evolution lies in your hand. Choose the raw power of the Terrans or the superior technology of the Alterians. Be the hero your faction deserves, today!
Islands sometimes appear out of the blue in the clouds. The mysterious Pocket Kingdom is one of them. Wander around its districts, solve puzzles and listen to the weird stories told by the locals. Unveiling the place’s mysteries depends on it. So does getting out of it.
Poly Bridge, the hit bridge-building game, now on iPhone and iPad.
Unleash your engineering creativity with an engaging and fresh bridge-building simulator with all the bells and whistles.
Dozens of hours and over 100 levels of physics-based puzzle solving fun await you in the Campaign, requiring you to build all kinds of structures, ranging from simple light car bridges to multi-deck draw-bridges and jumps, just to name a few!
Quackers is a fun 2D game. You have to move Sir Quacksimus side to side, dodging the falling cages to keep him alive. You will earn a point for every cage you dodge, however, they will fall faster and faster as the time you are alive for increases.
Are you looking for a real challenge? Then try to beat this hardcore puzzle platformer game!
Try to find your way through increasingly difficult mazes. In order to be successful, you’ll need logic, patience, timing and reaction skills. Compete against time, choose your strategy and rush through exciting levels!
Similar to titles such as Flappy Bird and Stack, this one-tapper brings addictiveness to a whole new level. SpinUp introduces simple arcade-style gameplay that has never been introduced before on any platform.
Did you ever dream of taking a taxi without having to pay for it? Yes!? Then Taxi Surfer will make your dream come true. Taxi Surfer is a simple but challenging isometric one-tapping arcade game in a beautiful blocky design. Jump from one taxi to another, but make sure to avoid the other cars on the road. You start surfing taxis in New York City. By collecting coins several other cities, such as Beijing, Munich, Mexico City and London can be unlocked. Every world comes with a unique scenery and music.
It has been a long time coming for forma.8 by Mixed Bag Studios. Like, since 2012 when the game was first posted here. It’s made an appearance at several GDC demos since then, each time with the promise of the game seemingly being close and closer than ever before, but no dice on an actual release. Well, there was hope when earlier this year forma.8 finally released on desktop and console. But that mobile version remained ever elusive. Well, it won’t be for much longer. Mixed Bag has announced that forma.8 GO, what they’re calling the mobile version, will release on iOS on June 15th.
This abstract Metroidvania-type experience will have you exploring an alien planet, solving ancient mysteries as you collect new powerups to progress further into the experience. The iOS version will run $ 3.99 at launch ($ 5.99 regular price), and is going to be feature-laden, with MFi controller support, and Apple TV support. I’m excited to finally dive into this one on mobile after seeing it over the years. It’s finally here!