Under The Radar: July 27, 2012

Before we break for the weekend to watch the Olympics, we want to give you the opportunity to load up your iOS device with these other inspiring underdogs. These five indie iOS games each have something special– like a tortoise with a machine gun, or a bloody samurai sword. Read on for this week’s picks!

Shellrazer

Everyone knows turtles are the tanks of the animal world, so what happens when you strap machine guns and artillery to the back of one and ride it around? In Shellrazer, you have to control an oversized armed turtle as he lays waste to goblin soldiers. At the end of certain levels, you’ll unlock new weapons to add to your turtle, plus coins to buy bonus power-ups. Shellrazer is a lot of fun, and for a game about a slow-walking reptile, it moves at a pretty quick pace.

Price: $.99

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Greedy Monsters

The monsters in Greedy Monsters can’t stop eating, even when it’s not their turn. Your job is to build snack dispensers to keep the monsters healthy, and manage who gets to eat next. Later in the game, you’ll also have to keep the food supplies stocked up and scrub out pests. If you enjoy sorting or time-management games, Greedy Monsters will happily eat up a chunk of your time.

Price: $1.99

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Samurai Rush

Samurai Rush is another auto-running game, but it’s got a visual style reminiscent of a Kurosawa flick. You play as a samurai who is avenging his slain family. While the running is automatic, you can slide up and down on the left side of the screen to move out of the way of the armed guards. The goal is to get them ready to strike, and then move out of the way and swipe on the right side of the screen to counterattack. Pick up this one if you’re looking for a significant challenge.

Price: Free

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Dual Blocks

Dual Blocks doesn’t have much of a story, but it doesn’t need one. You control two identical figures who move on the top and bottom of the screen at the same time. To get them to the goal area at the same time, you’ll have to hold onto your environment or push against walls. It’s tricky to line everything up at the same time, but the last thing you want is to see disappointment on those expressionless faces.

Price: $.99

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NinjaBoy

NinjaBoy’s training allows him to stealthily infiltrate his former dojo and the enemy’s fortress, and all you have to do is tilt and tap. Tilting your device causes NinjaBoy to scurry left and right, and with a tap on the screen, you can jump onto tricky platforms and stay out of sight of the guards. NinjaBoy requires a delicate touch, so give it a try if you enjoy the subtle tilt mechanics of a game like Labyrinth 2 or Dark Nebula.

Price: $.99

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