Looking for something a bit alternative for your gaming free time? This week’s pick for the best indie iOS games includes robot chickens, geishas, submarines, and more assorted wackiness. Take a break from Infinity Blade 2, just long enough to try out a few of these hidden gems.
In this bad-ass shooter, you play as a time-traveling marksman who ends up in a zombified feudal Japan. You’ll be able to shoot at zombies using the analog stick to aim, and when your katana meter fully fills, you can slice them up Fruit Ninja-style. Just watch out for geisha girls, whom you have to rescue from being turned into a zombie buffet.
A few months back we reviewed Mighty Fin, a cheery underwater-themed game where you touch the screen to dive. Nautilus has a similar control mechanic and setting, but it also has optional objectives, like in Tiny Wings. You’ll also pick up new crew members the further you travel. Nautilus is a simple action/platforming game, but we had a good time with it.
The war between real and robot chickens reaches its apex in Chickon, a game from the creator of Galcon. Like Galcon, in Chickon you have to swarm enemy bases with overwhelming numbers without leaving your own bases defenseless. This time, though, you’re controlling chickens instead of spaceships. Chickon is a clever, casual strategy game, and it’s free, with optional in-app purchases to buy extra power-ups.
The concept behind Snake has been done again and again, but we like the way Snake Fusion shifts things around by forcing you to navigate a series of narrow mazes. You control a worm or snake as it devours power pellets, growing longer each time. Imagine if Pac-Man constantly dragged a long tail behind him, and you’ve got an idea of what it’s like to play Snake Fusion.
Besides being sound advice, DRWAPS is a fun iOS game as well. Like in Zombie Parkour Runner or Mirror’s Edge, you’ll run automatically through levels filled with pits and enemies. You can jump and swing your lightsaber, all while earning xp to unlock new abilities and levels. Our favorite part is that levels go from one right into the next, without taking you back to the level select screen, which can make the entire game feel like one big endless mode if you play it right.