Under The Radar: October 26, 2012

Every week in our Under The Radar segment, we find five new indie iOS games that you might not have otherwise noticed. We’ve played each of these games enough to know that you’re getting your dollar’s worth, so give them a try if you’re looking for something different. And if you have a suggestion for more indie games, leave us a comment below.

Nun Attack

What’s black, white, and red all over? How about a nun in a gunfight? Nun Attack is a battle between good vs evil, with four nuns who have to fight against the undead forces summoned by a rogue nun. You control each nun by dragging them to the target, like in Battleheart or the upcoming Borderlands Legends. After the nuns blast away enough chainsaw or handgun-wielding skeletons, a portal will appear for them to destroy. Nun Attack doesn’t feel too different from Battleheart, but the campy humor and stylish graphics help it stand out.

Price: $.99

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About Love, Hate, and the other ones

This puzzle game is all about attracting and repelling others with emotions. You control a pair of inky blobs: one who says “I love you” and another who says “I hate you.” You can use these two to either draw in or push away other blobs, which will let you form stairs or clear pathways between you and the exit button. The puzzle mechanics are sound, and we liked the creepy blobs we had to emotionally manipulate.

Price: $.99

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Fire Busters

Don’t be fooled by this game’s cutesy look– it’s a genuinely challenging physics puzzler. You have to put out house fires with the help of an adorable animal-run fire department. You’ll cross the streams to divert water at an angle, move boxes out of the way with your spray, or turns pipes to reach the fire. At the same time, you have to water the flowers on the lawn to get a perfect score. If you like Sprinkle or Where’s My Water, this kid-friendly liquid-physics game is worth a try as well.

Price: $.99

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Pinch 2 Special Edition

In Pinch 2, you have to guide friendly-looking blobs to the exit quickly by dragging them around. The blobs can combine to become larger, which means they’ll be able to go over pits. But to get them to squeeze through doors, you’ll have to pull them apart. Combining or separating blobs becomes challenging when you’re running against the clock, or trying to minimize the number of moves you make. With 100 levels, this simple puzzle game will keep you busy for a while.

Price: $.99

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Vampire Season

With gameplay inspired by Plants vs Zombies, Vampire Season is a 3D, horror-themed take on defense games. You have to summon vampires, werewolves, and other monsters to help defend Dracula’s coffin from angry townsfolk. In a neat twist, you can end each level as soon as you reach the first star, or “risk it all” by continuing to play and earn more coins. The 3D graphics in Vampire Season are pretty great, even if they’re not as detailed as Popcap’s PvZ.

Price: $1.99

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