Under The Radar: August 18, 2011

Once a week, we pay special tribute to the App Store’s hardworking indie game developers with Under The Radar. These five games are original enough to stand out from the pack, even if they don’t have big budgets or brand-name recognition. Here are this week’s indie picks.

Shoot The Birds

Got a bad case of Angry Birds and Tiny Wings rage? In this twisted take on those two games, you don’t shoot the birds out of a slingshot– you impale them with a crossbow. You’ll earn extra points for sticking multiple birds on one arrow, and for completing certain objectives, before the sun sets in the background. Even though it’s a Tiny Wings satire, Shoot The Birds has that game’s same objective/multiplier mechanic to keep you playing.

Price: $.99

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SushiChop

We’re rarely impressed by new Fruit Ninja-like slicing games, but Sushi Chop is the exception. In this realistic-looking game, you have to hack at flying fish, shrimp, and octopi so that four neat little pieces of seafood land on your rice. In an alternate mode, you have to only slice the fish that the customers request. If you screw up too many orders, or accidentally cut up the stinky, rotten fish, it’s game over.

Price: $.99

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Pigs in Trees

In another corner of the war between pigs and birds, the air battle rages on. Pigs in Trees is all about defending your piggy’s treehouse from woodpeckers by intercepting them with a biplane. To do this, you have to draw a path, Flight Control-style, and blow them out of the sky. Charming graphics and simple controls make Pigs in Trees a solid line-drawing game.

Price: $.99

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Spacelings

In this fun little puzzle game, you have to direct your UFO’s tractor beams to rescue your alien crew. You only have a limited number of reflectors you can place to guide the beam, so you have to think carefully about where to place them. One really nice touch is the animation on your UFO as it successfully zips out of each level.

Price: $.99

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Carrot War

When aliens abduct the planet’s carrot supply, only one flying bunny is brave enough to get them back. In Carrot War, you have to draw lines on the screen to connect glowing dots around each enemy. You only have a certain amount of “ink” to connect these dots, but it refills when you’re not attacking. At the same time, you have to drag your bunny out of harm’s way. Carrot War is made for those who like their drawing games imbued with plenty of hectic shoot ‘em up action.

Price: $.99

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