With all of the big new games that launched this week, there might be a few smaller indie games that you missed. We picked five of our favorites for our weekly Under The Radar column. Click ahead for wizards, boarders, dim sum, ants, and chickens.
With the success of Harry Potter, wizard schools are a hot topic these days for games. Wizschool is mostly a Match-3 game, but it does feature a complex story and extremely stylish artwork. You’ll have to swap icons like eyeballs, toadstools, and dragon scales to create potions at the request of the school’s strange inhabitants. It’s a bit on the simple side, but we think Wizschool has plenty of casual appeal.
When a mysterious form of energy known as Nightstream appears in the city, a group of cyberpunk skateboarders learns how to ride it. These Axon Runners can grind on pretty much any surface, including the walls, ceiling, and branded Coca-Cola billboards. The more speed you get, the more points you’ll pick up from energy orbs. Axon Runners has excellent 3D graphics, and an interesting control scheme where you can flick to jump anywhere on the screen.
You can open just about any kind of virtual restaurant on the App Store, but we thought this Dim Sum simulator sounded appetizing. You have to prepare and serve bamboo baskets full of steamed dumplings in a series of minigames, like handing customers their food in the correct order, or cooking the dumplings by fanning the fire. Eventually, you’ll be able to open a nicer restaurant, one where the rats don’t stare at you while you eat.
No, this isn’t the official game of a long-dreamed-of Antz and A Bug’s Life mash-up movie. Instead, Ant’s Life is a game where you have to use different types of ants to solve puzzles. There are firemen ants who put out fires, soldier ants who can defend against attackers, and workers who can collect items for the queen. If you zoom in, the characters are detailed and cartoony, giving this game a lot of charm.
We can recommend plenty of Mario-style platformers on the App Store, like Wawa Land or Terra Noctis, but neither of them star a chicken and cow duo. Mike & MilkBox is a classic 2D platformer, with coins for you to collect and enemies to jump on. Mike & MilkBox also has a friendly barnyard theme, and multiple objectives, like saving three baby chicks on each level, or surviving an entire level without taking damage.