Under The Radar: April 12, 2012

The App Store offers much more than just top-of-the-line, triple-A studio releases like Max Payne Mobile and Burnout: Crash. Every day, amateur and independent developers release new games, but most of them are widely ignored. We found five indie iOS games that we think are worth playing this week, so check out our picks below and support your App Store indies!

Don’t Kill The Squirrel ! – The Action is in the Distraction !

Warning Label Games want you to come away from playing this game with one idea planted firmly in your head: If you use portable electronics while driving, you’re far more likely to get into an accident. In this cartoon-like driving simulation, you have to navigate through traffic while your friends text you distractingly. You’ll quickly learn that you can’t pick up your phone, keep your eyes on the road, and avoid running over jogging squirrels at the same time. Don’t Kill The Squirrel seems at times like a lighthearted game, but it carries a serious message.

Price: $.99

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Propel Man

Propel Man is a flinging, flying game where you launch a parachute-packing hero as far as he’ll go. First, you draw back the catapult. Then, you set the release point. From there, physics takes over. The more successful landings you complete, the more cash you’ll earn to improve your catapult, suit, and parachute. Later, you’ll be able to pick up rocket boosters and zap pesky birds with lasers. Propel Man himself doesn’t have a lot of personality, but we enjoyed the simple gameplay.

Price: $.99

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The Quest

The Quest stars knight Sir Steve as he tries to locate the Holy Grail. Unfortunately for him, that means solving a series of perplexing, Rubik’s Cube-inspired puzzles. Each cube is made up of land and water tiles, which Sir Steve can cross between with the help of a boat. But the terrain can change instantly when you rotate any of the cube’s sides. This is a creative premise for a puzzle game, and it should especially appeal to anyone who has already mastered a Rubik’s Cube.

Price: $.99

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Sweet Galaxy

In this tricky puzzle-platformer, you have to draw trampolines on the screen to bounce your alien friend back into his spaceship. But that would be too easy, so you also have to pick up sweet treats as well. The line-drawing mechanic isn’t brand-new (we’ve seen it before in games like Karuki) but it’s used to good effect in Sweet Galaxy’s challenging puzzles.

Price: $.99

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Save My Telly

In Save My Telly, you have to build an entertainment center that will withstand the elements. Every day, a new weather disaster will threaten to destroy your television– a gust of wind, a rainstorm, an earthquake, or even an Independence Day-style alien death ray. Each night, if your TV survives, you’ll receive more cash to buy materials. You can also complete Tiny Wings-style bonus objectives to unlock new environments.

Price: Free

Download from iTunes

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