Under the Radar: March 23, 2011

In this (and every other) Under the Radar, we take a look at some of the weird new games that are a bit too easy to miss. Forget about those big-name games for a minute, because these are our indie picks for the week.

Get Outta My Galaxy!

Price: $.99

When you’ve got a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And when you’ve got four hands, everything looks like it needs to be smacked. In GOMG!, you play as a slap-happy alien who has to take a whack at other, more annoying aliens. You use tilt controls to navigate around a small planetoid, then tap the screen to smack the aliens off your planet. We especially enjoyed this game’s sharp outer space graphics.

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NGL

Price: $.99

In the world of NGL, the National Gladiator League has taken over as the world’s top spectator sport. Your job, as a contestant, is to pilot a vehicle equipped with weapons and wipe out the other gladiators. You do this by using two sticks to accelerate, brake, and turn, like controlling a remote-controlled car. We weren’t too impressed by the graphics, but we did like that you could improve your vehicle’s attributes by earning cash in the arena.

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Tiki Ride

Price: $.99 (Universal)

Tiki Ride is a lighthearted, colorful puzzle game where you control adorable creatures on an amusement park ride. You have to spin their Ferris wheel so that colored shapes drop onto riders of the same color. If you catch three or more of the same kind of shape, you’ll earn a star. While it starts out slow, this looks like a decent puzzle game for kids.

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PetsWar

Price: $1.99

No, this isn’t a spin-off of Epic Pet Wars. Instead, PetsWar is a clone of Plants vs Zombies, but with animals and wizards. Just like in PvZ, you’ll place your defenses along rows to fight off slowly-advancing enemies. Instead of sunlight, you’ll harvest corn, and you can also snag environmental energy to unleash special attacks. The animation’s not as stellar as PvZ, but we were charmed by the game’s large cast of adorable animals.

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Picking Up Chicks Is Hard When Your Car is a BMX

Price: $.99 (Universal)

In this creatively titled game, you play as a BMX biker who has to get a high score by landing jumps, performing tricks, and picking up chicks. You simply tilt to accelerate and brake, and swipe to perform tricks. Since you can’t jump with a girl on your bike, you’ll have to toss her off into a nearby target for extra points. It’s got a clever name, but picking up this game is hard without online high scores.

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