Under The Radar: January 5, 2012

It may be 2012, but we’ve still got a few indie iOS games from late 2011 that we’re working through. Here are five recent games that caught our attention, even if these developers aren’t well-known (just yet).

Dragon Wrath

After tearing through screaming civilians in Super Mega Worm and Death Worm, you may be in the mood for some medieval mayhem, too. Dragon Wrath is a brutal action game where you have to devour or destroy anything around you. You start off with just magical fire, acid, ice, or electric breath, but you’ll eventually be able to add special moves, stomps, and dashes as well.

Price: $.99

Buy from iTunes

Mailboxing

If Grand Theft Auto 3 is just a little too violent for you, you might want to engage in Mailboxing’s less felonious shenanigans. In this high-score game, you have to tilt to steer your car between lanes, and tap to swing your baseball bat out the window at nearby mailboxes. Like in GTA, you can get in a chase with police or run over old ladies on the street, but the simple graphics and high-scoring combos make this kind of vandalism feel like fun, small-town hijinks.

Price: $.99

Buy from iTunes

Kick’n Chick’nz: Medieval Karnival HD

Continuing this week’s theme of violent conflict is Kick’n Chick’nz, a carnival-themed minigame collection for iPad that would be a lot more wholesome if it weren’t for the casual animal cruelty. You play as a pair of sisters trying to win a stuffed dragon, and to get it, you’ll have to play shooting gallery, skee-ball, and dart-throwing games, all of which involve kicking chickens. The graphics and intro video are fantastic, so as long as you teach your kids it’s not ok to kick real-life animals, this is a good purchase for the family iPad.

Price: $1.99

Buy from iTunes

Kingdom Rush

You may be sick of tower defense games– heck, we’re mostly sick of them too– but Kingdom Rush has a bit more polish and charm than most of them. Typical of the genre, you have to place towers to defend your road from monsters, but Kingdom Rush also adds special attacks like meteor showers and bands of villagers armed with pitchforks. You can replay each level with new challenges, and use the stars you earn to upgrade your army. Plus, this iPad-only game is absolutely adorable, with tiny little knights and orcs that reminded us of Battleheart.

Price: $2.99

Buy from iTunes

Legion of the Damned

This turn-based strategy game starts off with a bang, as your main character is executed for his violent crimes. He’s immediately revived and placed into the space-faring empire’s army, which is under attack from hostile aliens. The comic-style cutscenes really impressed us, and the game offers online multiplayer, but the graphics may not be up to current iOS standards. Despite the lackluster visuals, if you like epic TBS games like Battle for Wesnoth or The Pantheon Cycle, you’ll probably enjoy this one too.

Price: $4.99

Buy from iTunes

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