Once a week, we give special recognition to all those independent iOS developers with our Under the Radar feature. These five new games may not be the biggest, most polished games on the App Store, but they’ve got some of the most creativity and passion.
Have you ever been to a barbeque, only to find that the greasy burgers and hot dogs have been replaced with fresh veggie skewers? Even worse, have you ever tried one of these grilled sticks of shame with a heaping pile of eggplants? The developers of Aww, Eggplant!? know your disappointment, so in this silly action game you have to spear just the good stuff– broccoli, onions, and cucumber– while avoiding the terrible eggplant. Not only is it fast-paced, but goofy sound effects like the terrified screams of your skewered vegetables make Aww, Eggplant!? weirdly hilarious.
Hearken back to the early days of computer games with chunky graphics in this retro arcade platformer. You play as a fire-extinguishing robot on a track, servicing a giant space station. In each zone, you have to zip around, put out the fires, and then make it to the exit in a short time. To complicate things, you’ll also have to pick up ammo and take out the roving security droids. We love the game’s look and concept, but the virtual joystick controls take a little getting used to.
The iPhone can never have enough futuristic racers. If you love the Wipeout games, you should definitely check out Protoxide: Death Race. Not only does it have great looking blasted-wasteland environments, but you can sneak up on the other racers and target them with lock-on missiles. Protoxide also has online multiplayer, but you’ll have to bring your own friends, since there aren’t a lot of active players at the moment.
Got a special skill at spatial reasoning? In Qvoid, you control a smiling cube who can roll one space in any direction. The goal is to land on a colored space, and then bring that same side of your cube to another colored space. Eventually, you’ll have to transport multiple colors on your cube. This tricky puzzle game looks and sounds fantastic, with Retina-supported graphics and a mellow soundtrack.
If you had to boil Diablo down to its essentials, you’d be left with something like Thorn. In this high-score survival game, you have to vanquish waves of zombies and reach the level exit in a certain amount of time. You can tap to destroy zombies, or trace a line to throw a hatchet or other sharp weapon. The game is simple and fun, but not deep, so check it out if you’re looking for something more like a hack-and-slash version of Canabalt than the Diablo clone Dungeon Hunter.