Under The Radar: August 11, 2011

Once a week on Slide To Play, we round up five promising new indie iOS games that stand out from the rest. This week, we’ve got cat burglars, ruffled feathers, and a pop star vacation. Read on for this week’s Under The Radar.

Pickpawcket

Like MovieCat, Pickpawcket is a game that replaces human-filled artwork with identical cat versions. As you burglarize the world’s greatest dog-run museums, you’ll be rewarded with images of cat versions of Mona Lisa, The Birth of Venus, and many more. This stealth game has great graphics, simple one-touch gameplay, and a sense of humor that will make any art major or cat owner smile.

Price: $.99

Buy from iTunes

Desert Quest

This twin-stick shooter actually offers something new to the genre. As you move, the environment will scroll around you, giving an illusion of 3D depth. And although it looks like a typical side-scroller, you can fire in any direction, and move in and out of the environment. On top of that, every enemy in the game looks like a primitive cave painting. Finding our way around got a little dry, but this is otherwise a very impressive little game.

Price: $1.99

Buy from iTunes

Ruffled: Feathers Rising

We’ve played a lot of pigeon pooping games, but never one quite this epic. In Ruffled: Feathers Rising, you play as a pigeon who can swoop through large, 3D-rendered environments, all while pooping on the local humans. You can also collect coins, fly through rings, or swoop down to eat worms for more “ammo”. Check this one out if you thought the Glyder games were too clean.

Price: $2.99

Buy from iTunes

Odd Issey – Steampunk Madness!

Want a twin-stick shooter that’s a bit like Minigore, but with a steampunk-meets-aliens aesthetic? In this game, you control a wheelchair-bound scientist who has to survive 31 days on a planet full of hostile creatures. Odd Issey is an odd duck of a game, but it’s got solid controls and a colorful visual style.

Price: $.99

Buy from iTunes

Nikki Holiday and the Pirate Star

Pop-star hopeful Nikki Holiday has won the chance to star in a career-defining concert, but her manager is too busy drinking with bikini babes to get anything done. You have to take over his tasks, like printing up publicity posters, all while engaging in card battles with strangers. This game is a weird mix of adventure game exploring and card fights, but we enjoyed the bright, fun graphics and charming storyline.

Price: $.99

Buy from iTunes

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