Sure, you could spend nearly $20 to download Chaos Rings 2, or you could buy a whole page full of new game apps from smaller iOS developers. If you decide to go the latter route, here are our suggestions for the indie developers who deserve your dollars this week.
Have you ever dreamed of being Colonel Sanders? In this clever (but sometimes stomach-churning) simulation, you’ll control a chain of fried chicken restaurants, including the hatching and harvesting of live chickens. You start off by building hatcheries, regulating the temperature, and eventually deep-frying your feathery friends for sale at the gleaming plastic counter. We really liked this strange strategy game, even if PETA wouldn’t approve.
This incredibly wacky “fighting” game manages to take an overused mechanic– rock, paper, scissors– and make it a lot more outrageous. Enemies will line up to fight you, one at a time, until you beat them at ro-sham-bo. Sometimes they’ll drop power-ups, which will let you heal up or get a glimpse at which attack they’ll use. Though it’s mostly based on luck, there’s a bit of strategy you’ll have to figure out if you want to make it through all 100 opponents.
Gilded Skull, the company that made Imp or Oaf and started on Galactic Keep a long time ago, just released a game that actually has skulls in the title. Skull Smasher is a Match-3 game where skulls will fly into the screen and stick together. You just have to tap to destroy groups, or double-tap to destroy single skulls and use a little energy. The heavy metal theme is pretty fun, from the blaring soundtrack to the high-school notebook art style, but our favorite detail is the dark, brooding poetry that scrolls down from the top as you play.
If you haven’t seen the viral video that inspired this game, it’s practically required viewing before you play. With original voiceover narration by Randall, who comments on your every move and regularly calls you stupid, this Honey Badger game is at least good for a few laughs. The animation is quite nice as well, but the gameplay itself is a bit lacking, so it’s not quite as fun as Annoying Orange or Russian Dancing Men, two other games based on Internet videos. This game launched a few months ago, but like with some other internet in-jokes, we’re just now getting it.
This Match-3 game has a heavy story element, inspired by the Jules Verne novel A Journey to the Center of the Earth. You play as a traveler aboard a ship that is pulled down in a storm. When you wake up, you’re in an underground world. The puzzles consist of matching games, but instead of swapping tiles, you have to swipe to connect similar icons. The puzzle aspects are nothing new, but the gorgeous graphics and music will sweep you up in the story.