Under The Radar: October 6, 2011

Our hearts are full of sorrow since the passing of Apple’s longtime CEO Steve Jobs, but the freight train that is the App Store economy keeps chugging along. Here are five of the best indie iOS games that you probable haven’t discovered yet.

Zombie Bumper Cars

As if carnivals weren’t terrifying enough on their own, now you have to deal with zombies riding bumper cars. In this simple, goofy game, you have to drive your bumper car into your enemies repeatedly until their heads pop off. Run a zombie head over, and you’ll gain some extra health. Later levels feature trap-strewn arenas and much tougher zombie competition.

Price: $.99

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Super Bit Dash

Super Bit Dash is yet another challenging retro-revival game similar to Stardash, League of Evil, and 1-bit Ninja. Super Bit Dash has two modes, classic and endless, each with easy and hard settings. In addition to running and jumping, your hero can dash up, down, or to the side with a swipe on the screen. But dashing uses up your coins, and if you run out, there’s a nice pit of spikes waiting for you.

Price: $.99

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Arcade Jumper

Speaking of retro games, Arcade Jumper will flash you back to a time when there was an arcade in every mall. The main game is a Mario-inspired run-and-jump platformer, but there are loads of clever nods to gaming nerds, like a pixelated “kill screen” at the end of each level. Arcade Jumper also contains three retro-themed minigames, which you can play to earn extra tickets and unlock new characters.

Price: $1.99

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Monsieur Monsieur

A lot of App Store games these days use the Angry Birds slingshot mechanic, but Monsieur Monsieur stands apart due to his distinctive mustache. To move Monsiuer, you have to pull back on his mustache to send him flying, and keep him in the air with up to three pulls. Along the way, you’ll pick up tea and sausages to unlock the next level. We can honestly say this is the best mustache-based physics game we’ve ever played.

Price: $.99

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FlyMe2theMoon

This anime-styled game plays a bit like Moon Lander in reverse– instead of slowly drifting down to the moon, you’re boosting yourself up to it. You play as the teenage witch Kiana, who is trying to pass her final wizardry exam by collecting stars and crystals in the Lunar Ruins. Touching the screen on the left side, right side, or middle will boost Kiana upwards, but you have to watch out for spikes. Later levels also introduce puzzle, racing, and survival modes as well.

Price: $.99

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