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Thursday is when we reveal the shortlist for our game of the week award. It's one of our favorite days of the week too, because it's the one where we spend most of our time playing new games. After doing our due-diligence, we've picked what we think are the five best games that hit the App Store over the past seven days.

Now it's up to you to pick which of them should be the winner of our prestigious game of the week award. You're probably wondering how you go about doing that though, right? Well, the simplest way is to leave a comment on this article. Or, if you're more of a social media butterfly, you can let us know your choice on Twitter or Facebook. Make sure you use the hashtag #148GOW when you do though, so we can count all the votes.

If you're interested in what won last week's award, you can smash a click right here to find out. And now, without any sort of extra fanfare, here's the games that are in the running for this week's award.


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There are loads of platformers on the App Store, but there aren't that many that use unique controls, involve twanging your organs, and are all about getting sexy spit from one character's mouth to another. Polyamory meets Angry Birds meets some other really weird ideas.

Why we think you'll like it: Did you just read what we said? Spit/Kiss is equal parts gross, touching, and awesome. It's the sort of game that makes you think, but you're going to do it with a big cheeky grin spread across your face. Oh, and if you've never kissed anyone before, this is exactly what it's like in real-life.


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It might have been out on a bunch of other platforms for about five years, but that doesn't mean that Teslagrad isn't worth checking out now that it fits in your pocket. It's still a great-looking, slick as silk leaper with more than a few good ideas tucked up its sleeve.

Why we think you'll like it: It's not the perfect game, and it's brought some of its problems with it during the porting process. But it costs five bucks, it plays wonderfully on touchscreen, and the little niggles it has are easy to forget about it when the game is hitting its high notes.

Into the Dark: Narakan

- download for iOS

A roguelike with a really unique art-style and an intriguing story about love and loss. It might have a few of the same moves as pretty much every pared-back dungeon crawler on the App Store, but there's also a whole heap of interesting new ideas dropped in to keep you on your toes.

Why we think you'll like it: Sick of the dungeons you're crawling being filled with generic fantasy monsters? Wish things were all blocky and weird and slightly horrifying? Then you're going to love everything that Into the Dark: Narakan does. It shows that gloomy doesn't have to mean dull.

Cat Lady

- download for iOS

We get the feeling that, if anyone released a half-decent game with cats in it, it'd probably make it onto our game of the week shortlist. We just really love cats here at 148Apps. We also love card games, which is lucky because that's exactly what Cat Lady is.

Why we think you'll like it: Cat Lady sits in the middle of the main card game trends. It's not as simple as some of the smaller games, but it doesn't have the time-cost of the likes of Hearthstone. It's a brilliantly balanced experience you can sink minutes or hours into. AND IT IS FULL OF CATS.


- download for iOS

Of all the genres you could do a mash-up of, I don't think anyone ever thought crazy golf and a word game would be near the top of the list. But here we are, and Alphaputt manages to be both a really good game, and also have an incredible pun for a name. That's a double win for us.

Why we think you'll like it: One of the best things about Alphaputt is its HORSE-style pass-and-play multiplayer. But there's some really cool other ideas here - like the way every letter offers up a different hole for you to try and putt your way through.

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