Under The Radar: May 10, 2012

Once a week, we take a look at new game releases on the App Store that are starved for attention. We’ll play through a bunch of them, find five that we can safely recommend, and present them to you along with buy links and extra info. Support your App Store indies by picking up some of these fun new games!

Wawa Land

Super Mario World won’t ever appear on an iOS device (unless you jailbreak it and install an emulator), so we’ll just have to make do with lookalikes like Wawa Land. Wawa is a friendly, cat-like creature who can stomp on enemies, punch coins out of boxes, and wear different suits to acquire new abilities. The game is fairly challenging due to the slippery physics, but we loved the SNES-style graphics and old-school level design.

Price: $.99

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Hareep

Hareep is a mama bird who finds her babies trapped behind laser beams, bombs, and other obstacles. To get to their nest, you have to pick up objects that affect your environment. For example, the wrench pickup will let you rotate lasers, while the mirrors will let you reflect them in a different direction. This puzzle game starts off difficult and doesn’t let up, so give it a try if you’re looking for a mental challenge.

Price: $1.99

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Treasure Swipe

The best part of any dungeon-based game is collecting loot, and that’s what Treasure Swipe is all about. Each room of the castle has bags and chests full of gold, and you have to swipe on them repeatedly to open them (swipe side to side for bags, up and down for chests). At the same time, creatures like rats and slimes will creep in from the right. This is a great game to play with a friend– one of you can collect the loot, while the other holds off the enemies.

Price: $.99

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Papa’s Burgeria

We’ve seen burger tycoon games before, like Success Story, but Papa’s Burgeria for iPad is a bit more hands-on. Not only do you have to take a customer’s order and grill each patty to perfection, but you also have to assemble the toppings neatly. If you’re careless, your customers will be disappointed by the mess and tip you less. Papa’s Burgeria has a great, family-friendly art style, and a few fun bonus features like a celebratory parade that grows the more you play.

Price: $2.99

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Tentacle Wars HD

Galcon is the classic casual strategy game– you have to send your ships to an enemy base while defending your own turf. Tentacle Wars HD for iPad is similar, but it’s set on a microscopic level. You have to infect other cells with tentacles, which have a limited reach depending on your strength. Brilliant additions, like the ability to swipe to send more of your microbes into battle, help perfect this common gameplay style.

Price: $2.99

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