Every day, lots of great games hit the App Store that go completely unnoticed. We covered some of the major players in yesterday’s Big Game Night, and in today’s Under The Radar, we pick a few of our favorite new indie games. Nightmare-inducing zombies, meteors, and Wall Street bankers are just around the corner.
When the Zombiepocalypse comes, parkour (free-running) enthusiasts will have a natural advantage. In this beautifully-animated game, you control a runner who can leap between buildings, slide under steel bars, and wall-run over billboards. You’ll also have to stomp on any zombies who try to slow you down. Each level, you’ll receive a 1-3 star rating based on your skills, and with enough dedication, you’ll be able to fill your house with recovered loot.
Are you supporting the Occupy Wall Street protests? If so, this action-puzzle game for iPad will make you the envy of your hippie drum circle. You have to rearrange gems so that the greedy bankers can meet their projected income. Gems will clump together in groups like in Puzzle Fighter, and later levels drop in rubble and burglars to make your job even more difficult. There is an iPhone version, but Greedy Bankers vs the World is for fat cat iPad owners only.
Helium Boy takes its inspiration from an old NES game, Balloon Fight. You’ll float peacefully through an auto-scrolling environment, clutching a pair of balloons to keep from getting your feet wet. Evil birds and ninjas (and ninjas disguised as birds) will try to interrupt your flight, but you can try to jump and dodge out of the way. Like the main character, the controls can be a bit floaty, but this platformer has its heart in the right place.
Demons Land is a first-person adventure game where you play as a thief who inadvertently brings about the end of the world. It all starts when you steal an ancient sword from a Tibetan temple, only to be betrayed by your employer and buried alive. The graphics are quite nice, even if they’re Myst-like static images, and the story is dark and intriguing, so check it out if you’re looking for something sinister to play.
Gameplay-wise, Eve of Impact is similar to Missile Command, but the presentation is absolutely breathtaking. Your job is to fire missiles at incoming asteroids, which are quickly destroying Earth’s protective shield. Escape pods full of the last remanants of mankind blast off as you try to save just a few more lives and hold off defeat– but our extinction is guaranteed, as you’ll witness again and again. This tragic, soulful game needs some online high scores, but that’s really our only complaint.