Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden and Devil May Cry 4 Refrain may be in the spotlight this week, but that doesn’t mean that indie developers are slumping. Here are some of the smaller games you might have missed this past week.
Puckerz is a fun mash-up of brick breaker and disc flicking games. In two minutes, you must collect as many orbs as possible by flicking a puck over them. Each level is made up of bricks, holes, and other obstacles that stand in your way. What makes Puckerz so fun is the awesome level design, flashy visuals, and simple controls. This is a game that’ll have you saying ‘one more try’.
Ever wondered what the offspring of a point-and-click adventure game and platformer would look like? Well, Cardboard Castle is just that. Each side-scrolling level requires you to interact with various elements in the environment and use them together to create a clear path for your knight to ride through. While the controls could be smoothed out, we still liked what Cardboard Castle had to offer.
Having trouble lining up the perfect shot in Angry Birds or a related clone? Pocket Dinosaurs-2 is a good way to freshen up your skills. Like those other games, you slingshot a dinosaur towards your target, but in this case the goal is to land it inside the UFO instead of smashing a structure. Included in the package are six unique stages with varying gameplay mechanics. The fairly easy difficulty level makes this game ideal for kids.
Captain Puzzle is basically Puzzle Bobble turned on its side. The title character, who looks Johnny Bravo from the old Cartoon Network series, must rid the skies of evil bubbles by matching them up in sets of three or more. While there isn’t much here we haven’t seen before, the package is very well put together, from the controls to the puzzle design. Those who like these kinds of Match-3 games should give this one a shot.
Glu’s latest freemium title is actually quite fun. Your pirate and his/her zombie pet must dig for treasure on islands and infect towns to build up a zombie army. It’s free, easy to jump into, and you have the option to buy more energy and secondary currency, but only power-levelers need to take the plunge on virtual goods. It’s no Gun Bros, but it could easily become our second favorite Glu freemium title.