Once a week on Slide To Play, we try to single out our favorite new indie iOS games. This week, we’ve got abducted sheep, a hip twist on chess, and microscopic alien invaders. Read on for this week’s picks!
In Tiny Invaders, aliens don’t try to take over the world using city-sized war machines. Instead, they cleverly sneak in through our immune system and transform our DNA into something a little more green and tentacled. Each level is a human blood vessel, and by tapping on the screen you can switch the “junction boxes” that take the aliens to their objectives, while avoid the white blood cells. The alien parasites are adorable, and getting three stars on each level can be quite a challenge.
This high-score, twin-stick shooter takes place on a single moon-like planetoid crawling with alien bugs. While the epic soundtrack blares, you must eliminate the aliens and watch out for lava-filled pits. The further you get in the game and the more special attacks you use, the more pits appear, but you can “heal” the planet using a special power-up. This shooter only has one gameplay mode, but we think it’s done quite well.
Did you like chess before it was cool? Trick question– chess has never been cool. Hipsta Chez throws a lot of the board game’s rules out the window, and transforms it into a modern Match-4. The pieces move the same, but you can play as both sides at once, and moving without making a match of four or more will penalize you by adding more pieces to the board. When all the available pieces are used, it’s game over. Hipsta Chez is incredibly addictive, and also an interesting experiment in genre mash-ups.
Like Dungeon Raid, After The Fall Puzzle is an indie Match-3 game with some RPG-like elements. You’ll fight futuristic foes like robots and mutants by matching rifles, broken bottles, and other offensive weapons. At the same time, you can match armor to improve your defense, healing items to regain health, and special icons to give you a permanent offensive advantage. Though it can feel repetitive, your ongoing high score will be saved to OpenFeint as you play, and you can quit at any time and continue where you left off.
For our third alien-themed game this week, we’ve got Running Sheep HD, an iPad title where you have to help abducted livestock escape from a UFO. Your sheep will move automatically, turning whenever they hit a wall, and blindly falling off the catwalk if there’s no barrier. You can help them to the exit by placing arrows on the ground, like in ChuChu Rocket, but you’re limited by how many you can use at a time. In addition to the clever puzzles, Running Sheep HD has very impressive graphics that make great use of the iPad’s larger screen size.