Under The Radar: June 2, 2011

You’ve read up on the biggest new games from established developers in our Big Game Night feature, but what about those indie gems that escape detection? They’re right here, in Under The Radar. Read on to see what’s new this week from independent game makers.

In Case Of Fire

Price: $.99

In case of fire, don’t break glass– that’ll void the warranty on your iOS device. Instead, just tap on stairs, sprinkler systems, and platforms to guide your stick figure to the exit. If he wanders into the fire, he’ll run around screaming “It burns!” before becoming ash. It’s kind of a sick idea for a puzzle game, but it’s amusing, and it’ll get you thinking about fire escape routes for your home or office.

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Nyan Cat: Lost In Space

Price: $.99

Based on the animated .gif of a Pop Tart cat flying through space, this high score game is both charming and strange. Like Robot Unicorn Attack, you tap the screen to jump across a series of platforms, going as far as possible before you die. However, Nyan Cat can pick up power-ups like a magnet, cape, and even kitty crack. This game’s not much of a challenge, but it is delightfully weird.

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CannonLegend

Price: $.99

This tower defense game just has one tower, and you control exactly where you want those cannonballs to land. From your fixed position, you have to shoot at the approaching minotaurs, valkyries, and other weird enemies. A variety of power-ups will make your job a bit easier, and we had a fun time activating double damage and rapid-fire abilities. Check it out if you like your shooters pure and straightforward.

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A Knight’s Dawn

Price: $.99

This defense game lets you set up knights and riflemen to stop an invasion of monsters. Your units range from fencers, who parry with ogres and goblins, to powerful wizards who cause a lot more damage. The best part of this game seems to be the epic storyline and excellent artwork during cutscenes.

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Rip Off

Price: $.99

Part Fruit Ninja and part Tiny Wings, in Rip Off you play as a small yellow bird trying to keep his eggs from being ripped off by robots and other bad guys. Like in Fruit Ninja, you can swipe to steer your bird into enemies, taking them out. If you hit a bouncing bomb by accident, though, it’s game over. And like in Tiny Wings, you can unlock objectives to earn a score multiplier. It’s a simple high-score game, but with a great graphical style and some fun extras.

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Groovie Pig

Price: $1.99

This game is a music-themed platformer, where all of your jumps, slides, and attacks line up with the soundtrack. You play as a purple pig wearing headphones, running through the environment as you hold either up, down, left, or right. While it starts off simple, soon you’ll have to switch up your stance in an instant to survive. Go chase this purple pig if you’re looking for something different from your iPhone platformers.

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