Under The Radar: June 23, 2011

Last night, a lot of great games launched on the App Store, including Tiny Tower, BackStab, and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. But what about those smaller indie games that hardly ever get attention? Here are a few of our favorite new underdogs.

VineKing

Price: $1.99

The VineKing is a mystical creature who can turn volcanic rock into grassland. You do this by drawing a line from the VineKing over the rocks, and then letting go to turn the rocks into grass. You can also press a button to suck in more vine-producing energy, and tap enemies that will try to harm you or make more rocks. It’s a fun combination of drawing and tapping on the screen, with the added challenge of alternating between combat, clearing rocks, and charging your vine energy.

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Online Sniper League

Price: $.99

In this sniper game, your goal is to defend your agent from attacks. Your opponent, who can be a live player on Game Center, can send assault squads and helicopters in an attempt to overwhelm you. While the concept is promising, and we like the single-player missions (like stopping a political assassination), the graphics are very simple, and it’s tough finding opponents online.

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Wisp: Eira’s Tale

Price: $.99

Wisp: Eira’s Tale is a soothing touch-and-tilt game where you guide a sprite through a magical forest. By holding down on the screen, your wisp will rise to the top. You can then tilt to collect crystals and avoid enemies on the way to the exit. Not only is this game a challenge, but it’s beautiful to look at and listen to.

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Electro Chuck

Price: $.99

Remember those carnival games where you have to guide a loop through a coil of wire, while avoiding any kind of contact? Electro Chuck takes that concept and turns it into a fun platformer, where you have to tilt your device to keep clear of the wire. Chuck can also switch tracks, inflate himself to pick up stars, and earn bonus points for accuracy. The best part? If you touch the wire too much, Chuck will explode.

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MegaVolt

Price: $.99

Playing like a combination of Tetris and Pipe Mania, MegaVolt is all about making connections. Specifically, the connections between the positive charges on the left and the negative charges on the right. You can tap to rotate any individual piece, and when you’ve made a live wire, it’ll disappear from the board. We were shocked at how much fun this formula can be.

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