When an indie iOS game falls through the cracks, we pick it up for a segment we call Back in Black… we mean, Under The Radar. Here are our weekly picks for five unique iOS games you might not have heard about otherwise.
In this dark and hilarious spoof of The Oregon Trail, you have to lead a band of end-of-the-world survivors westward while avoiding herds of zombies. You’ll scavenge for food, trade with other survivors, and even have to put down members of your party if they become infected (and you thought dysentery was bad!). Like in Oregon Trail, a lot of what happens on the road is due to chance, but we still had a lot of fun reliving those early-90s computer classes in a macabre new setting.
OrigamiGore is what you get when you cross Smash TV with a Japanese game show. To prevent enemies from tearing down your defenses, you have to launch projectiles, like squids, at hordes of invading sumo wrestlers and walking sushi. Between levels, you can upgrade your towers to give yourself faster reload times and a stronger impact. The “gore” part of this game seems unnecessary, but we had a lot of fun collecting coins and building an arsenal.
The first Infinity Project was a decent first-person shooter with a few major limitations. This sequel aims to open up the series with additional customization and a more cinematic style. After a lengthy introduction, your space marine will grab an armored suit, several weapons, and then teleport back to 2012 to fight against an evil alien species called the Talons. From there, you can take missions and start exploring. The graphics and gameplay can be uneven, but if you think of this as a very low-budget version of Fallout 3 or System Shock 2, you might still enjoy Infinity Project 2’s ambitious attempt at storytelling.
Sunshine (not to be confused with the 2007 Danny Boyle sci-fi movie) is about the eternal struggle between the forces of light (photons) and darkness (black holes). You play as a photon who has to collect pieces of light by orbiting small planetoids. You can jump between orbits, but if you linger on a black hole, you’ll get squeezed into oblivion. Sunshine is fast-paced and fun, with a very cool visual style and upbeat soundtrack.
We don’t usually recommend Breakout clones, but Wizorb offers something pretty original. You play as a wizard who can transform himself into a ricocheting magical ball. Between rounds, you can visit with townsfolk, RPG-style. You can also activate magical spells while in combat, like fireballs or gusts of wind. For its 8-bit style and intriguing Final Fantasy-esque spin on a classic genre, we’re recommending giving Wizorb a try.