Under The Radar: January 28, 2011

With the constant flow of games making their way onto the App Store, it’s easy for some noteworthy titles to get lost in the flood. Have no fear, Slide To Play is here! Each week we’ll bring you list of recent indie games that you may have missed.

Cave Bowling

Price: $0.99

Cave Bowling is the latest installment in Donut Games’ app collection. In this physics puzzler you set your power meter, aim your shot and whack a bowling ball with a club. To complete a level you must knock down every bowling pin, although those who want to strut their prehistoric gaming skills will also want to collect bones to achieve top scores. With 60 levels, this is a handy game to have, especially if you plan on getting stuck with a group of cavemen any time soon.

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Jump & Slide

Price: $1.99

Despite the title, Jump & Slide has quite a different feel than your average run’n’jump game. In addition to jumping you must also slide and dash to avoid oncoming objects. The real fun comes in Reflex mode where you need to think fast and combine multiple actions. There is also a lot of personality to be found in the game’s environments and character outfit customization. If you’ve felt under-challenged by all the Canabalts of the world then Jump & Slide is a good choice for your next pick-up-and-play purchase.

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Smack A Seal

Price: $0.99

It’s about time that penguins got their revenge on seals. Smack A Seal is all about clubbing the arfing sea creatures in the noggin, obliterating them with mines, gunning them down with turrets, and so on and so forth. While the gameplay is pretty simple and the seals take predictable paths, the entertainment value of this winter bloodbath is well worth a dollar. Plus, it comes with a whale stuck inside an igloo, and that’s pretty cool if you ask us.

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Monsterball A

Price: $0.99

Monsterball A is a pick-up-and-play style game that doesn’t involve running and jumping. Instead, the monsterball can sprout a rope connected to a peg at any time. Timing your release from the rope is key to getting air. Along the way you’ll want to collect stars for bonus points. The lack of variety means that the lasting power of this game is hindered, but universal support and Game Center do freshen up the deal.

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Pocket Pandemic

Price: $0.99

Pocket Pandemic makes spreading disease fun and social. Once you’ve created your virus, you can head over to the campaign and play a minigame where you aim your virus at five locations on a Google Maps layout. You win if you successfully hit all five targets without missing more than three times. In order to unlock new levels, you need to infect friends by putting their virus names in the ‘Infect online’ tab. If none of your friends play the game, there is an option to use the in-game twitter stream for virus names. While inputting names to unlock new levels isn’t exactly efficient, it’s a cool idea.

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Stupid Zombies

Price: $0.99

As is obvious from the screenshots, Stupid Zombie is another Angry Birds clone. The main difference is that your bullets bounce off walls before coming to a stop, which is useful for reaching walled-in zombies. The game is quite well made, with Game Center integration, universal support, and a whopping 240 levels that continue to bring in new elements as you progress. Gamers detoxing from an Angry Birds addiction will want to stay far away, as this addictive game comes at an impulse-buy price.

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BeamOut

Price: $1.99

Usually we try to stop our sheep from falling into the hands of aliens, but BeatOut is quite different. In this game you control a grounded UFO and collect riches and sheep by bumping into them, all while avoiding enemy ships and various dangerous obstacles. Each level is designed with care and is full of surprises. Plus, we love the art direction. $1.99 is a steal for this game, especially considering that it’s a universal app.

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100 Cameras in 1

Price: $1.99

We’re giving this photography app an honorable mention because it’s the first non-game we’re aware of that has Game Center integration. The idea is to get non-photographers interested in photography by giving them achievements for using various filters, watching tutorials, and taking photos. The idea is really cool and the content included is very well produced. This is a camera app you’ll want to download.

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