There are far too many games coming out on the App Store every day for us to review all of them fully. So, we have to pick and choose which games we’re going to cover. These five games made the cut because there’s something special about them– they’re independently developed, have a high level of polish, and feature a promising character or concept. Read on for this week’s Under The Radar indie picks.
In Nano Titans’ last game, Foodies, you had to create a platform so that you could bounce a goo-ball to collect bits of food. This spiritual successor has you collecting food, and then slinging it over to your hungry critters using a spiderweb mechanic. You can combine snacks for more points and to move them to clearer vantage points, and when everyone’s fed, you’re rewarded with fireworks and up to three stars. The visuals alone are outstanding, and some of the puzzles are very challenging.
Cuboid was originally a Playstation Network game, but it looks right at home on your iPhone or iPad. You have to push a block that is twice as tall as it is wide, and move it to a place on the board where it can fall straight down. You can topple this piece end-over-end, like a bulky piece of furniture, but navigating around corners or narrow pathways can be tricky. The backgrounds in Cuboid look wonderfully realistic, and it’s available as a free download with optional in-app purchases.
Do you consider yourself a multitasking master? Can you surf the web, check email, watch videos, and play games all at the same time? If so, you might be cut out for Mini Mix Mayhem, a series of concurrently-running microgames that will split your attention in several different ways. For example, in one corner of the screen you’ll have to blast zombies with a UFO death ray, and in another, you’ll have to crush robots or keep a stick figure from falling into lava.
In the last game from Flightless, called Top Dog: Farmyard Adventures, you played the role of a sheepdog guiding his flock. In this game, you play as a bee guiding his swarm to nectar and honey. Using tilt or touch controls, you have to hover near flowers while avoiding larger animals and inclement weather. We especially liked Bee Leader’s cartoon-style graphics and Godfinger-like rotating environments.
SuperMushrooms may look like yet another Plants vs Zombies clone, but it’s actually much more than that. Bacteria will fall from the top of the screen towards your house, which you have to defend by planting mushrooms. But in a clever twist, the mushrooms act like pinball bumpers, and you have to operate a pair of flippers at the bottom to bat the bacteria towards your defenses. You’ll unlock new mushrooms as you advance, until you’ve got a pinball-themed arsenal that PvZ’s Crazy Dave would be proud of.