Under The Radar: October 5, 2012

With hundreds of new iOS games launching every week, we can’t possibly cover all of them. But each week, we try to seek out the best indie games that would otherwise go unnoticed. If you want to support creativity and quality in the App Store, take a few minutes to read about these indie gems and consider picking some up for the weekend. And if you have more indie game suggestions for us, leave a comment below!

Royal Revolt!

Royal Revolt tells the story of a young prince who returns from battlemage school to find that his aunts and uncles have taken over his father’s kingdom. As the rightful heir, you gather an army and set out to reconquer the land. Controls are simple– you just drag where you want your prince to go, and any minions that you summon will follow behind him. The challenge is in calling the right kinds of support, knowing when to press an attack, and upgrading your army between levels. The visuals in Royal Revolt are outstanding, and so is the simple defense-style gameplay, so we pronounce this game to be fit for a king.

Price: Free

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Night Flight HD

In this wonderfully-designed flying game, you control a teddy bear in a toy biplane who is trying to escape from a spooky mansion. You steer by pressing on the left or right sides of the screen, which will let you swoop and spin with ease. As you collect stars, which regenerate your fuel levels, you’ll have to find the remote control that opens the exit. Flying through these 3D levels is extremely smooth, and later on, the levels become maze-like as you race against the clock.

Price: $0.99

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SunFlowers

Make it rain! SunFlowers is a bright and happy game about growing a garden. You control the sun by swiping back and forth on the screen, and tapping to fire rays of sunshine. You want to aim for the passing clouds to activate them and send raindrops down to the seedlings below, but if your sun’s rays hit the flowers directly, they’ll burn up and die. The more flowers you collect, the more your personal collection will grow, and you can even cross-pollinate your flowers to discover new breeds.

Price: $3.99

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King Oddball

King Oddball is a giant boulder from outer space with a prehensile tongue that can pick up and fling rocks. To conquer Earth, you just need to tap at the right moment to release a rock and send it flying at tanks and helicopters. There are a lot of levels to beat, with a grid-based map that lets you choose your next target. We also really liked the crazy achievements you can unlock, like one for hitting King Oddball in the head with his own rocks.

Price: $0.99

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Stunt Star: The Hollywood Years

If you’ve played any of the Stuntman console games, you know how much fun it can be to film a fake movie. Stunt Star lets you perform as the stunt driver in films like Cornballs 2 and Tombstone 2000. You control your driver with buttons for the gas and brakes, plus bonus power-ups that you can unlock between takes. If the scene calls for it, you may have to perform front or back flips, or launch yourself by drawing a ramp with your finger. Stunt Star is challenging, so you’ll probably crash a lot and be thankful it’s not your real self jumping over a helicopter.

Price: $2.99

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