The number of games that hit the App Store every week is overwhelming. We can only cover so many through our normal reviews, so in our Under the Radar feature we try to feature five indie games that stand out for their extraordinary graphics, gameplay, or concepts. Here are our picks for this week’s Under The Radar.
Survival Race: Life or Power Plants
You may have played time-based physics racers like MotoHeroz. Survival Race: Life or Power Plants is like that, but with weapons. In this game, you’re charged with getting from point A to point B as fast as you can. The time requirements are tight, and the terrain can be brutal, but the game controls great and looks even better. Between rounds you can upgrade your vehicle to make it more fast and powerful. Grab this one if you’re up for a challenge.
WWF Rhino Raid
WWF Rhino Raid is a drop-dead gorgeous running game starring a rhino dashing across the plains of South America. You swipe up to jump, down to slide, and forward to dash through devious poachers trying to kill rhinos for their horns. The game is level-based, so it’s not an endless runner, and it features nine levels, with three bosses. Even better, proceeds from this game help fund South African rhino conservation projects.
In SuperFugu, you control a fish who’s trying to save his buddies from an octopus bent on capturing ocean life in mason jars (for whatever reason). The controls work wonderfully: You touch the screen, and the hero swims toward your finger. Along the way you collect coins and health power-ups as you avoid obstacles and enemies. The graphics are colorful and realistic, and the whole thing has a cheery, kid-friendly vibe.
Super Bunny Land
Super Bunny Land does its own thing, but it uses Mario imagery with shameless glee. You play as a ninja bunny who runs endlessly through a Mushroom Kingdom-esque environment, collecting coins and squashing goomba-like creatures along the way. The game only has buttons to let you stop and jump, but it’s no cakewalk–I died early and often. And although it may look like just another Mario knockoff, it feels different enough that we don’t hold the similarity against it.
ChuggaBugga is more an interactive toy than a game, but it has terrific Unreal-powered graphics and is fun to poke around in, especially for kids. At the outset, the screen simply shows a train, with a cartoonish ant as the conductor, and butterflies hovering in the air. All you do is tap different parts of the train, and various things happen. For instance, a boxcar opens up to reveal a swimming pool, with an ant on a diving board. Tap the ant, and he dives into the pool, and a judge ant awards him a score. It’s silly and inventive, and perfect for young children.