Gaming on iOS is incredible because it doesn’t just rely on big-name brands, but also on the creative efforts of countless independent developers. Every week, we round up five of our favorite new releases from the world of indie iOS gaming. This week, we’re helping cavemen cross chasms, breaking out of jail with a buddy, and racing in the 22nd century.
With cavemen this clueless, it’s a wonder the human race managed to survive at all. In Gets To The Exit, your job is to move the terrain around so that the “goodies” don’t fall off a cliff or get impaled on spikes. You can move parts of the scenery up and down, unless they’re marked with a red X. When ten cavemen pour out of the entrance at once, this Lemmings-like game starts to feel hectic, in a good way.
Slash or Die is an auto-running game where you have to watch your back. You can adjust your speed, and jump over obstacles like in similar games, but you’ll also have to attack enemies that sneak up on you from behind. Slash or Die has slick graphics and an outrageous, anime-inspired storyline with lots of levels, so give it a try if you like your auto-runners with a bit more action.
This Wipeout-style futuristic racer from the makers of Bang! is decked out in style. The storyline seems quite complex for a racing game, with a thoughtful backstory about humanity developing a new form of renewable energy in the 22nd century. Once you get your thumbprint “scanned”, you’ll be able to steer a sleek-looking hovership in races and earn fame. The more fame you earn, the more tracks and races you’ll unlock.
The title Split! has two different meanings. One is that you are breaking out of jail with the help of a buddy (who you also control), as in “let’s split!”. But to fight the jail’s guards, you’ll have to split up strategically: One character can draw fire from behind cover while the other sneaks up and shoots the attacker in the back. It’s a challenging premise, but we found the combination of puzzles and combat to be very fun.
We love games where you can swing wildly from side to side, but Hanger, surprisingly, swings hard to the violent side. As you grapple across chasms, you have to watch out for sharp edges that will tear your ragdoll to pieces. By the time you cross the finish line, there may not be much of you left but a head and one arm. This unsettling premise is backed up by bizarre graphics, making Hanger one of the weirder physics-based platformers we’ve played.