Under The Radar: January 12, 2012

The App Store is full of games, but finding good ones keeps getting harder as more developers jump on board. Each week, we pick five recent indie games from the App Store to feature. Hopefully you’ll find something that sounds fun, buy it, and support your App Store indies.

Angry God HD

If an all-powerful deity picked sides in the zombie wars, we pray it’d be ours. In Angry God HD, you have a divine top-down view of the end of the world. To save the human survivors, you have to cast lightning, rain, steam bombs, and other natural disasters down onto the hordes of zombies. You aren’t omnipotent, however– you’ll level up over time using an in-app store set in Heaven.

Price: $.99

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Polar PWND HD

Soviet bears, walruses, and penguins all engage in a new Cold War in this amusing physics game. You play as a polar bear on a sled. To give him a push, you’ll have to place bombs, ramps, and other tools in the environment. The backgrounds are filled with clever details, like penguin graffiti, so check this one out if you like sandbox-style physics games like iBlast Moki.

Price: $.99

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Catch the Princess

Cut The Rope clones are everywhere, and Catch the Princess doesn’t disguise its obvious inspiration. But even though we’ve made some of these same cuts before, we enjoyed this dark twist on the genre. You have to free a princess held captive in a cage. By cutting the chains, you can guide her to a friendly monster at the bottom who wants to free her. But given what we’ve seen from Cut The Rope, we half-expected her to get eaten.

Price: $.99

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Planet Buster

Everyone knows that the only profession cooler than being a pirate is being a space pirate. In Planet Buster, you have to make matches of three planets together as you sail from galaxy to galaxy. You can swap any two tiles, even if they’re not adjacent, but you’ll spend coins with each match and have to make combos to stay alive.

Price: $1.99

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Puzzle Bonsai

Remember your order of operations from high school? Puzzle Bonsai makes PEMDAS relevant again with tree-based math, word, and shape puzzles. You have to use logic to combine letters, numbers, and shapes, but the soothing graphics and music make this game a lot less stressful than math class.

Price: $1.99

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