Another Thursday has snuck up on us, which means it's time for us to show you which games are in the running for this week's 148Apps game of the week award. It's a really good week as well, so we expect the competition to be tough. If you've got a horse in the race, or a game you love in the list, you should definitely make sure you vote for it.
How do you vote? Why it could not be simpler. You can leave us a comment at the bottom of this article with your pick. Or you can get in touch via Facebook or Twitter and let us know which game you think should win. Make sure you include the hashtag #148GOW though, or your vote won't count.
That covers pretty much everything. Oh, if you're interested in what won last week's game of the week award, smash a click on this link. And if you want more listy goodness from 148Apps, this is the link you're going to need. Right then, on with the games.
The sequel to one of our favorite games from last year, Euclidean Skies ups the ante with new ideas, new mechanics, and a polished art-style that's going to make people peer over your shoulder to see what you're doing.
Why we think you'll like it: Because it's the perfect mix of puzzling, action, and strategy. It's a game that makes you think about play from multiple different angles. It's no good just solving the puzzle, you need to fight the bad guys too. Brains and brawn? Now that's the sort of combination we're into.
Tesla vs Lovecraft
An endearing steampunk fantasy that sees Tesla taking on hordes of abominations in the name of science. This is from 10Tons, which has something of a reputation when it comes to making super-tough, top-down, twin-stick shooters. Which is good, because that's exactly what this is.
Why we think you'll like it: Every level here is like a little roguelike. You port into the game with nothing but a pistol, and as you slaughter the various monsters you'll get new perks, new weapons, and new skills. Die, or finish the level, and you'll be set back to regular pistol Tesla for the next go.
Really though, what is there to day about Stardew Valley? It's a game that ripples and resonates with charm, while still managing to offer up an enticing and engaging gaming experience. It's the sort of thing you're going to lose hours, if not days of your life to.
Why we think you'll like it: Stardew Valley is one of those games that becomes a compulsion. You might not quite be able to pinpoint why you like it, but you'll defend it to the death if you must. Probably because it lets you play a calm, kind, ordered version of real-life, which is much better than the actual thing.
Jumping and shooting are two staples of videogames. Shump, as you might be able to work out from its portmanteau name, takes things a step further and smooshes the two things together. Up is shoot. Left and right are don't shoot.
Why we think you'll like it: There haven't been that many truly great arcade games on the App Store this year. Super casual and midcore are dominating the market, so anything that offers quick-fire fun without the card-collecting, or fast-action with a lot more depth, is alright by us. And Shump does both of those things in spades.
Candies 'n Curses
This one's another quick-fire arcade game, but unlike Shump there's no shooting. Instead you're playing as a young girl with a torch. That torch is the only weapon you've got against the ghosts, skeletons, and fire-blasting floating wizards that are trying to halt your progress. Well, that and special candies.
Why we think you'll like it: There's a wonderfully retro beat to the game, and the simple swipe controls mean that there's a super-low barrier for entry. If it gets it claws into you though, you're going to find yourself pushing on to collect all the boosts, buffs, and special weapons that the game has in store.