We receive a ridiculous number of new apps to review every week, and many of them probably aren’t worth your time. But we like to pick out five solid examples of creative new indie games that are worth your time, and feature them in our weekly Under The Radar column. Take a chance on one or more of these unique games, and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
With The Bluecoats: North Vs South, you no longer have to wake up at dawn and put on a faded gray uniform to reenact the Civil War. In this strategy game, you play as either the Confederate or Union armies as they march across the United States. Connecting forts by rail will generate money, which you can use to recruit more troops. You can then invade other states, defend forts in a shooting gallery minigame, and help shape American history.
The only thing scarier than a wild tiger is a tiger with an internal combustion engine. The vehicles in Carnimalz are part animal, which means they’ll roar and purr as you step on the gas. This casual racing game is simple to control– you just have to slide your finger up and down to avoid obstacles, and press a button for a special move. But what we really like about this game is the graphical presentation, with its excellent cel-shaded animation.
In Self Aware, your iPhone has been hacked, which really seems like more of an Android thing. This hacker is an evil computer that taunts your puny human abilities with a series of challenges based on your iPhone’s pre-loaded apps. For example, you’ll have to spell out passwords in the calculator, or solve riddles based on your calendar and contacts. The creepy red overlay makes your iPhone look diseased, but it’s a fun twist on the banal ways you normally use your device.
In Teeny Green, you play as a green blob who has to escape the predatory red and blue blobs. But while you can only move one space at a time to reach your goal, the other blobs can move twice. As a result, you’ll have to block their path and think carefully about every move. Things just get more complicated when the blobs start to combine to make superblobs. If you want a cute and thoughtful puzzler, consider Teeny Green.
A combination of Labyrinth and Air Penguin, Sheep Up! is a beautiful tilt-based game starring a bouncing sheep. Your sheep will bounce on cardboard platforms as it moves higher and higher, but one wrong tilt or mistimed bounce and you’ll lose a life. The goal is to reach the top of a stack of boxes. The visuals and controls are nice and simple, but Sheep Up! will definitely test your balancing skills.