Under The Radar: September 7, 2012

The App Store is heating up these days, with a new iPhone just around the corner and big brand-name games launching all at once. Amid all the noise, every week we try to find five new indie games that are worth your time and money. This week we go exploring with dwarves, re-fight the Civil War, and search around the house for some peace and quiet.

Dwarf Quest

Every year, five dwarves compete to see who can be the first to escape an underground dungeon called The Foundry. You play as the last of these dwarves, Morrin Firebeard, but you’ll soon discover that the other contestants are turning up dead. This puzzling dungeon-crawler is part maze and part turn-based combat, making it a great selection for anyone who enjoyed another isometric action-RPG, Rimelands: Hammer of Thor.

Price: $2.99

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The Baffler!

This gorgeously rendered jigsaw puzzle game is a baffling one, indeed. You can pick up and rotate each piece of stone, but the cuts are irregular, making the gameplay extremely challenging. Fortunately, The Baffler also provides you with interesting world music while you’re thinking, and you can always consult with the picture on the box for a few clues. At the later levels, The Baffler becomes downright maddening, so puzzle-fans, be careful you don’t get in over your head.

Price: $2.99

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Civil War: 1863

With a rebel yell, we dove into this hexagonal turn-based strategy game from the makers of Tank Battle: 1944. You can play as either the North or South in a series of battles for control of America’s future. Cavalry, cannons, and infantrymen are all at your disposal, with quality sound effects and tough objectives that will immerse you in the history.

Price: $1.99

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Quiet Please!

When you’ve had a noisy day at school, all you want to do is come home and get some peace and quiet. In Quiet Please!, a port of an indie Xbox Arcade game, you can run around your house, picking up objects and using them elsewhere to silence your surroundings. For example, you’ll have to stop mom from talking on the phone by bringing her a bottle of wine, or sabotage the satellite dish to keep dad from blaring the television. Quiet Please! has adorable retro graphics and simple platforming-style controls, but the environmental puzzles can be very difficult to solve.

Price: $0.99

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Spectromancer

If you enjoyed Magic 2013, our Game of the Month for June, you should also check out Spectromancer. In this game, you have to summon randomly-drawn creatures and spells using one of five elements. You can then place creatures on the board to attack your opponent, unless they place a card on the opposite side. There are many beautifully detailed cards with fascinating effects, and a full story mode that lets you cross the land, battling fellow summoners. Warning: this game gets addictive, fast.

Price: $1.99

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