Now that E3 is behind us, we’re getting into the summertime, where the longer days mean more time for playing games on our iPhone and iPads. These five indie games are unique because they don’t have the backing of a major publisher, but they still manage to be cute, fun, and charming.
These stunt bunnies aren’t very good at their jobs– they keep falling from the trapeze without a net. You play as a jetpack-wearing bunny ringleader, who has to fly into the air to bring these clumsy bunnies in for a safe landing. You get bonus coins for rescuing multiple bunnies in one shot, which you can use to buy helpful power-ups like cushy mattresses, just in case you miss a catch.
Your body is a constant battleground between diseases from the outside world and your own internal defenses. This tower defense game takes that biological fact and makes it fun by letting you build little antibodies that launch attacks on viruses and infections. Each stage takes place in a different organ under attack, and if you let too many diseases through, you’re dead. Defense games can get old, but this one is squishy and semi-educational enough to be worth a try.
If the wise old wizard from Harry Potter was a bumblebee, he’d be Bumbledore. In this action game, you have to trace a path for Bumbledore’s spells so he can defend the hive from wasps and soldier ants. You only have a certain number of spells on each level, and you can cause chain reactions with careful aiming, so there’s a puzzle element to this game as well. If you do well, you can unlock new bonus stages. Bumbledore is very simple to start playing, with cute graphics to boot.
Owning a racehorse will cost you a lot of money, but in Horse Racing Winner 3D (originally released last year, but recently updated), it’s free to start. Your most basic horse in the game will get you through a few competitive races– just whip your horse to go faster, but not too much, or you’ll tire them out. At a certain point, the races become too difficult to win without constantly replaying them, or ponying up a buck or two. Horse Racing Winner 3D is entertaining, but expect to pay extra if you want to make it to the Kentucky Derby.
Soccer Rally is just your average one-on-one bout of soccer– but with rally cars and a gigantic ball. You have to pump the gas and steer to slam the ball into your opponent’s goal, while they try to do the same. If you enjoyed Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle-Cars on PSN, this game is very similar– but without the flashy acrobatics or rocket power.