Happy Cinco de Mayo! This week, we’ve got a pinata full of new indie iOS games for you to peruse. These games might lack graphical polish or big advertising budgets, but they’ve got it where it counts– creativity and fun.
Ecco the Dolphin was one of Sega’s spokesmammals during the Genesis years, but he’s been brought into the 21st century with frickin’ laser beams on his head. Just like in Ecco, you control a dolphin from a 2D side view who can leap out of the water and swim through caverns. The difference is that you can blow away enemies with lasers. Also, the levels are set up as one-off stages, Angry Birds-style, instead of the original open world.
The king doesn’t come across very well in King’s Orders. He just gives the orders, and it’s the soldiers who have to do all the work. In this case, the job is to contain a frightening, hairy monster. You do this by tilting the device to keep the creature in the middle of a ring of soldiers. If you’re not careful, the monster will eat your soldiers until there are too few to keep him contained. Hilarious voice acting makes this simple high-score game worth a try.
If you’ve played I Dig It or California Gold Rush, you can probably guess at how Spelunk will play. You play as a miner looking for magical artifacts underground. You can drill in any direction, but if you run out of air or health, it’s back to the surface for you. The item-crafting aspect of Spelunk has potential, and the digging/exploration genre has proven to be a winner in the past.
Let’s face it, the best part of watching hockey is the fighting. Those bare-knuckle brawls are given center stage in Hockey Fight, where you can wail on an opponent while slowly circling him on ice skates. The fighting controls are perhaps a bit too simple, but the graphics are gorgeous and you can upgrade and unlock intimidating-sounding fighters like “The Viking” and “The Dentist”.
A variation on SameGame, where you have to burst groups of colors just by tapping on them, Mooniz adds a lot of personality and some challenging gameplay ideas. Instead of colorful blobs, you’re bursting cheeky monsters who fall all over the screen. If you tap a group of less than three, they’ll turn into skulls, which can only be revived with a special health item. Despite the fact that these critters moon you constantly, this is still a great game for anyone.