Browsing the App Store isn’t easy, but we try to make it easier with our weekly picks of the best new indie iOS games. This week we’ve got flying saucers, pirates, and Death on a 16-bit horse skeleton. Here’s this week’s Under The Radar.
This 3D space shooter has a clever title, and it’s also fast, fun, and easy to pick up and play. By tilting your device, you’ll control your flying saucer and take aim at the rockets blasting towards you. Awesome Saucer isn’t as complex as Gameloft’s Star Battalion, and it lacks online high scores, but it’s still a good choice for any casual space pilot.
If you enjoyed Sword & Poker, we highly recommend you download the free Dice Soccer as well. Like Sword & Poker, Dice Soccer combines two unlikely genres into a deep and addictive experience. Your soccer players become dice when they’re on the field, and whichever team rolls a higher score gets possession of the ball. You can also hire better players with your winnings, and unlock more players with Game Center achievements.
While at first Hungribles may appear to be another Angry Birds clone, it’s much more challenging than that. Your goal is to shoot food at small, cat-like creatures called Hungribles. Once you’ve fed a Hungrible, it becomes fat, creating a gravitational force around it and warping your shots. We recommend this one for players who enjoyed Cut the Rope for its tricky puzzles and cute main character.
If you’ve played a tile-rotating puzzle game like PipeRush or Pipe Mania before, you know what to expect with PirateGunner. Instead of sewage lines, in PirateGunner you’re connecting fuses to cannons by rotating the mess of rope in the middle of the screen. As you make connections, you’ll be able to watch a pirate ship battle unfold at the top. Due to its high-seas setting, PirateGunner seems to have a lot more action than a typical puzzle game.
The App Store’s seen plenty of Canabalt-style high score games, but how many successfully combine Robot Unicorn Attack with Ingmar Bergman’s classic film The Seventh Seal? In that movie, a knight challenges death to a game of chess, but here, death rides an undead steed and smashes everything in his way. The haunting atmosphere and 16-bit graphics are great, so check it out for a stylish survival game.