Last week, we missed out on our weekly Under The Radar round-up of indie iOS games because we were busy covering Electronic Arts, one of the largest gamemakers in existence. To preserve our indie cred, we’re back with our traditional five picks, along with a bonus pick. Support your App Store indies by checking out a few of these high-quality games!
Somewhere between Game Dev Story and Mad Men is Campaign The Game, a simulation where you can run your own ad agency from the 1980s onward. You’ll have to come up with clever campaigns for just about anything, combining different styles and media markets to connect with a large audience. The graphics are similar to the low-res, high-impact Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery, and the gameplay is like Game Dev Story, but with goofy branching paths. We were floored by this game’s charm and style, but expect to be thrown right into the action without much guidance.
Folded Flyer is a flight sim, but instead of a biplane or fighter jet, you have to guide a paper airplane. The game uses simple tilt controls, and you can tap on the screen to boost ahead. The concept may not be exceptional, but the graphics are– we loved coasting through a deserted mansion, picking up glowing rings for points. It’s simple fun, even though you can recreate the same effect with a piece of paper.
When we reviewed the Match-3 game Dungeon Raid, we felt that there were a few things missing. Puzzle Dungeons picks up where that game left off by adding more dynamic combat. By matching swords, you can increase your attack power and target enemies that drop into the screen. You can also level up your characters to try to reach a higher score and delve further into the game. With its combination of puzzle and action elements, Puzzle Dungeons should appeal to fans of either genre.
There’s been an explosion at the button factory! Not the kind you sew on clothes, but the kind that open doors, make barrels explode, or activate whirling blades. You control a segmented “worm” that can move around buttons in order to make your escape. The graphics are simple, but the concept is clever, giving you a sly nod every time you navigate another puzzling level.
Panarchy Fling HD is an iPad game that combines pinball with the touchscreen-specific flinging mechanic. Instead of using flippers, you have to flick your ball-shaped panda upwards to hit bumpers and collect points. There only seems to be one jungle-themed level, and we’d like to see more in the future, but Panarchy Fling HD has a unique mechanic that impressed us with its originality.
In this puzzle game, which also comes in a freemium version, you have to set a path for your penguin to follow. The goal is to eat all the food while also avoiding obstacles and picking up bonus lightbulbs. The trick is that you can only make a limited number of curves in the path, so it feels a bit like carefully threading a needle around obstacles and towards the bonuses. The backgrounds look like hand-drawn works of art, which definitely adds to the game’s appeal.