Under The Radar: June 16, 2011

Every Thursday, we gather up some of the week’s best new indie games. This week, we’re featuring a creepy adventure game, a goofy physics game, a retro platformer, and more. Read on to see what the independent game makers have cooked up for you this week.

Mower Ride

Price: $.99

Mowing people’s lawns isn’t very fun, but racing tractors through the suburbs is– and that’s exactly what you do in this high score game. You crash through people’s fences and swingsets in a mad dash to rack up a high score and squash your friends on the leaderboards. Along the way, you have to keep collecting fuel cells to power your mower, as well as bash other mower riders and blow them sky high.

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Chroisen

Price: $.99

Chroisen is the latest Korean mobile RPG to make it to the App Store. It plays a lot like the Zenonia games, with old-school graphics, oodles of fetch-quests, and enough of hacking and slashing to choke a horse. That said, it provides a lot of bang for your buck, since the game contains over 300 quests and has four classes of heros. Pick this one up if you’re looking for a killer value.

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Meganoid

Price: $.99

Meganoid is old-school in the best sense of the phrase. It uses NES-era pixellated graphics and side-scrolling platforming to peel away at all the unnecessary stuff games have added throughout the years and deliver a pared-down, incredibly tough action experience. The goal of each level is to make it from point A to point B within a given timeframe. Collect the stars for bonuses. That’s all, folks.

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Escape from LaVille

Price: $1.99

In this spooky adventure game, you wander around a mansion, finding items, combining items, and solving puzzles in order to gain access to new sections of the mansion. It’s all pretty standard adventure game stuff, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. Our only complaint about the game so far is the loading time between rooms. But if you’re a patient person who loves adventure games, this one might be worth a look.

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Tic Toc Body Pop

Price: $.99

Tic Toc Body Pop is a timing-based game in which you try to put a helpless blue man in the proper position before a wall hits him. If you prepare him properly, he’ll go through a man-shaped hole in the wall without touching the sides. It’s a fun idea– and one you might have seen before on goofy game shows. We’re having fun with this puzzler so far, but because of the silly premise, kids might appreciate it most.

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