Under The Radar: March 30, 2011

Under The Radar is our way of keeping tabs on all the interesting new indie games that pop up on the App Store every week. Some of these games will eventually get a full review, but if it’s on this list, you can be sure that we’ve tried it ourselves and think it stands out in some unique way. Take a flier and download one of these off-beat games if you’re looking for something new.

Drop the Chicken

Price: $.99

If you’re done cutting ropes, covering oranges, or clowning around, might we suggest dropping chickens for a bit instead? This physics-based puzzle game is a bit slow and floaty, but the puzzles themselves seem solid. Your goal is to rearrange items in a chicken coop so that when you pull a lever, your chicken bounces right into its nest. You can earn 1-3 stars on each level, and there are plenty of puzzles, which we always appreciate.

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Adventures of Veronica Wright: Escape from the Present

Price: $1.99

This puzzle-heavy adventure game comes with an unusual story. You play as Veronica, who runs to her great-grandfather’s house with a strange note and amulet. Once inside, you have to solve bizarre puzzles in each room in order to activate a time machine. While we like the simple layout of each room, a few times we got stumped and wished the game came with a built-in hint system. However, there is a Youtube walkthrough to help you out.

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Tactical Soldier: Undead Rising

Price: $4.99

Tactical Soldier: Undead Rising is a turn-based strategy game similar to old-school games like X-Com. You play as a soldier on a military base when a zombie infection breaks out. You’ll take turns with the zombies, using action points to move, fire, and pick up items. When your action points run out, you have to let the zombies claw at your face a little bit. Gorgeous 3D graphics, full camera controls, and universal support make this one strategy game to seriously consider.

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Around the World in 80 Days: The Game

Price: $.99

Another Match-3 puzzle game from Playrix, Around the World in 80 Days is very similar to their previous game, Rise of Atlantis. Instead of traveling around the Mediterranean, you travel in a balloon across the Victorian world. Your goal is to swap enough blocks so that the pieces of an object, like your binoculars or notebook, will fall to the bottom of the screen. This game’s not to be confused with the hidden object game from Anuman Interactive with a similar title.

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Monsterball B

Price: $.99

You may have missed Monsterball A, a timing-based high score game where you have to toss a toothy ball on a chain. In this follow-up, you get to take your Chain Chomp for a round of Skee-Ball. Unlike the official Skee-Ball app, you don’t get to use your tickets to buy prizes, but we enjoyed the high-res Retina graphics and colorful presents you knock over. This arcade game is also a universal app, and includes GameCenter high scores.

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