Under The Radar: April 5, 2012

Everyone wants to find success on the App Store, but some developers have a leg up when it comes to their marketing budget or big-name brand. To highlight some lesser-known titles, we’ve pulled together some of the most promising new indie games for Under The Radar. Take a chance on one of these games, and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

8-Bit Ninja

Finally, a game with ninjas and fruit that doesn’t involve swiping on the screen. Instead, 8-Bit Ninja is a quick and easy arcade game where you have to avoid bouncing balls, like in Pang Mobile. You’ll be able to unlock power-ups which appear randomly as you play, letting you toss shurikens or spinning blades into the air. You can also level up your character the more you play, which makes this free game extremely difficult to put down once you get started.

Price: Free

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Shannon Tweed’s Attack of the Groupies!

Shannon Tweed is best known for her long-term relationship with Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, during which she spent a lot of time keeping groupies out of his dressing room. This game is a playful take on that epic struggle against the rock and roll lifestyle, but it’s also a straight-up clone of Plants vs. Zombies. Attack of the Groupies has a lot of humor, though, so we’re willing to overlook the unoriginal gameplay.

Price: Free

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7he Code

In this 3D room escape game, you have to solve a series of puzzles as part of your space marine training. Each room has a time goal, a hidden symbol on the wall, and a three-digit code to figure out. You never know quite what to expect when you move from one room to the next– one puzzle has you sliding cutouts into place to reveal the code, while another makes you decipher a substitution code. The controls aren’t very elegant, but we really enjoyed 7he Code’s presentation and puzzles.

Price: $.99

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iFighter 2: The Pacific 1942

The iFighter series is well-suited for the iPhone: It has crisp, clear graphics, very intuitive touch controls, and some intensely challenging shoot ‘em up gameplay. In this sequel, you’ll fight to take down Japanese planes and tanks while picking up bonuses for wingmen and better guns. As you fight, you’ll earn money, which can be used to buy more continues, planes, or screen-clearing bombs. However, it’ll take a lot of replaying and grinding to earn for free what you could simply buy with an in-app purchase.

Price: $.99

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The Math Mage

We see a lot of educational math apps on the App Store, but they’re rarely any fun. The Math Mage actually looks and feels like a real videogame, with 3D environments and enemies. The only difference is that to kill monsters, you don’t shoot them or slash on the screen– instead, you solve simple arithmetic problems. The Math Mage is a graphically intensive game, though, so it only runs on an iPad 2 or 3.

Price: $1.99

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