We’ve got features for every day of the week here at Slide To Play, like Tuesday Twitter Giveaway and Wednesday’s Big Game Night. Every Thursday, we bring you our picks for the most promising new indie games to hit the App Store. Here’s this week’s Under The Radar.
If you like physics-based games where you get to blow things up (like Angry Birds, Worms, and Fragger) you’re sure to enjoy Mogo the Monkey. Mogo has an armory full of fun explosives, like quick-and-dirty pineapple bombs, and the more strategic floating parachute bombs. Great graphics and a funny story tie this puzzle game together nicely.
If you’ve had your fill of Super Meatboy and To-Fu: The Trials of Chi, there’s a new square-shaped foodstuff to guide through platforming mazes. ChocoRun stars Choco, a piece of chocolate who can run and bounce off of walls. You’ll need expert timing to wall-jump your way past spinning blades and sharp spikes, so this is a game for those players who just won’t quit until they’ve beaten a difficult challenge.
Did you think Fruit Ninja was as good as it gets for ninjas on the App Store? Take part in another aspect of your ninja training with this stylish high-score game, which combines a fast and fun dodging mechanic with incredible animation. Elusive Ninja is also filled with notes from the developer, like a Chuck Lorre-style vanity card that comes up for a split-second before the game loads.
If tense situations don’t make you squirm, you can probably handle the stress of Squirmee. Squirmee is trying to climb a giant tree to rescue his sister, but the only way up is to ride a series of small platforms. Sawblades and other obstacles will wipe you out, but Squirmee is able to pause and rewind some elements in each stage. It’s a clever puzzler that will have you thinking just as much as playing.
Smelly Cat has a problem we can all relate to. He’s finally met the girl cat of his dreams, but he’s been living in a garbage can and has been neglecting his personal hygiene. Your goal is to yank his tail and send him bouncing into the bath, picking up soap and bubbles along the way for a high score on each level. The gameplay is fun, but the standout feature here is the kid-friendly cartoon style.