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Lesser-known games that deserve attention?

08-15-2010, 11:50 PM
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Lesser-known games that deserve attention?

What are some games that you think deserve more attention on the appstore? Post 'em here and I will collect them all in this post. If you don't add a description I'll make one for you.

This got so long that I ran out of space. Here's part 2: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpo...6&postcount=42

SkyMuffin: I'm a big fan of PONOS. They make a lot skill-based/reflex arcade games, and their apps are always perfectly designed and beautiful. I've had more fun with their games than a lot of other developers/apps.

Brim!, by Invictus, is a puzzle game with three distinct minigames inside of it. The 1st one is all about placing a shape down and letting it expand to fill space. There are obstacles, different shape sizes and antagonistic monsters which try to mess you up. The 2nd is all about using the accelerometer to roll/move your shapes into the goal. The 3rd is a "boss fight" where you navigate gravity and other enemies to fire at the big boss.

Gunblade1190: Razorleaf Studios' Gushers, a pipe-dream style game with upgrades, unlockables, tons of different powerups and pipes, and other bonuses. Planned lifetime updates and all profits go to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund.

TheUnrealEngine: The lesser-known works of Kiefer Bros., creators of the popular word game Abca. Orba is a chain-based color-matching game with beautifully simple graphics and intuitive control. Hyper Puck takes the traditional air hocket game and adds powerups, shootouts, and messy action into the mix.

Machiavelli's Ascent is similar to the popular Mega Jump, but more relaxed. Its most notable feature is that it plays landscape style, allowing for a more free-flowing experience. The graphics and sound are beautifully done and work perfectly.

Eco Punk, by the creators of Rasta Monkey, is an action shooter with precise graphics and controls, as well as powerups and a unique premise-- you pick up trash while avoiding cars and other environmental baddies.

Tomena Sanner is absolutely AMAZING. It takes the Quick Time Event and makes a side-scrolling race out of it, with bonuses based on timing. It features a completely goofy, cartoony style, and multiple levels that are filled with unique characters and outcomes.

THE_BOSS: Watermelon! is similar to a game of horseshoes combined with a gallery shooter. You launch watermelon in arcs to hit enemies in the background and foreground. There are lots of different enemies with unusual qualities, and the game uses a combination of accelerometer and touch screen.

Poppy, an indie dev with charming retro graphics, has several gems featuring simple gameplay. Brave Man is the iDevice version of the "knife point between fingers" bar game, while Monster's Valley is a deceptively simple platformer focused on getting the monsters to the other side.

tblrsa: Shape Escape doesnīt have a story, it puts you right into controlling an obviously bored elephant who decided to place the objects back inside the correct shaped holes just for the heck of it. Or maybe itīs just an obsessively tidy elephant? ..... Who cares about this anyway. Donīt expect any fancy art or sound effects, this game is pretty much straight forward. You vs. the Puzzle, thatīs about it. Speaking of puzzles, there are quite a lot of it. Shape Escape does include 300 handcrafted(!) rooms for your heavy friend to solve. Yeah, they are hand made, according to the dev there was no soulless random level generator being used at all.

The developer claims that "Shape Escape" is addictive and we all know that almost every dev is playing this card, only to leave you disappointed later. But trust me, this game IS addictive, yeah it really is. I find myself to keep getting back to the game only to solve "one more level" before getting back to work half an hour later. Despite itīs minimal presentation, this is a fine game. Iīm sure that every true puzzle addict will love this one. A true hidden gem and a nice take on the Sokoban Genre.

Touchgamer3g: pure hidden is a game featuring three modes: hidden object, spot-the-difference, and collect-the-object. There are 400 achievements, tons of unlockables, 150+ levels, and beautiful artwork for each level.

The Magic Blackboard is a breakout game with 500+ levels and tons of powerups. It has trippy, colorful graphics, and lots of different variations on the traditional brickbreaking game. There is an ad-supported, full version and a paid, ad-free version.

Marblenauts is a puzzle game where you guide your Marblenauts through various obstacles to their destinations. It features, precise, beautiful pixel art and 10+ hours of gameplay. It's stress-free and allows undoing moves.

Pathpix Is a deceptively-simple, but awesomely fun number puzzle game where you draw paths to connect number pairs. The main stipulation is that paths cannot cross. After each level, you are rewarded with a picture. A similar game is Lab Mice, which comes with 10 free levels and DLC for 100 more. Another similar app is Piczle Lines.

Dinogems is similar to PopCap's AstroPop (demo, Internet Explorer only), or the 1989 puzzle game Klax. You pick up/collect blocks, then fire them to make match-3s of the same color. There are multiple control modes, game modes, multiplay with bluetooth, and global leaderboards.

PEP the dragon is a run-and-jump platforming game with spells, line-drawing, fireballs, magic, and lots of worlds to explore. It is beautifully-polished and has its own original soundtrack as well.

Watson: The Beginning is an adventure game similar to Phoenix Wright, with mystery-solving, puzzles and clues, and clean graphics and polish. Features an excellent storyline and translation.

Dandarya: KIL.A.TON is a tanks/artillery game featuring tons of different weapons, realistic physics, campaigns and 4-difficulty AI, and a multiplayer game lobby. Up to 6 players can be in a game at the same time.

chrisf82: Run! Is similar to Tomena Sanner in presenting the player obstacles to react to and avoid while their character runs the gauntlet. However, it has additional unlockables, multiple game modes, and a multiplayer "challenge" mode where you can set up your own gauntlet for your opponent.

starmonkey101: Battle Blasters is a 1v1 laser-shooting deathmatch game, featuring 6 different characters, each with unique abilities and play styles. There's a campaign, bluetooth multiplayer, and face-to-face in person multiplayer on one device.

Ultimate Alphabet is an intensely difficult hidden-object game with four modes. Instead of knowing what objects you're looking for, you only know the first letter of its name, testing your vocabulary and intelligence. The first game is free and there are three others you can buy in-app.

tblrsa: THe Novice is a puzzle game similar to the PC freeware game Tower of the Sorcerer. Unfortunately, it has been abandoned for the past year and it has some nasty bugs. Worth a try though, since it's free.

Jack111: Star*Burst is a match-3 game similar to Dinogems/AstroPop/Klax as mentioned above.

Wumbo is a Chip's Challenge style game, with keys, doors, obstacles, and other neat things. It also has a funny name, 50 levels, and a built-in editor.

Slyder Adventures is an accelerometer/touch-controlled, tilting puzzle platformer.

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Last edited by SkyMuffin; 08-17-2010 at 11:38 AM.
08-16-2010, 12:09 AM
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Definitly Tap Master. Especially if you like quick games and/or reflex games!

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08-16-2010, 12:10 AM
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Definitly Tap Master. Especially if you like quick games and/or reflex games!
Which one? It looks like there are three on the appstore.

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08-16-2010, 12:21 AM
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Gushers by Razorleaf Studios. Great game that it seems almost no one picked up.
08-16-2010, 12:26 AM
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Gushers by Razorleaf Studios. Great game that it seems almost no one picked up.
I just checked it out and the pictures look fantastic! picking this up.

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08-16-2010, 01:13 AM
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They aren't totally lesser-known, but Kieffer Bros. is one of the best developers out there, I wish their other games like Orba and Hyper Puck got more love.

Otherwise Machiavelli's Ascent is a very pretty Mega Jump-esque type of game, Eco Punk has a lot of charm, but it's gameplay is great as well, and Tomena Sanner needs some more love as well.

Also, obligatory inb4 TMT says Hoppy.
08-16-2010, 01:17 AM
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They aren't totally lesser-known, but Kieffer Bros. is one of the best developers out there, I wish their other games like Orba and Hyper Puck got more love.

Otherwise Machiavelli's Ascent is a very pretty Mega Jump-esque type of game, Eco Punk has a lot of charm, but it's gameplay is great as well, and Tomena Sanner needs some more love as well.

Also, obligatory inb4 TMT says Hoppy.
I've played Machiavelli's Ascent, and it is a really fun game. I especially like how it plays landscape mode- it's much more comfortable and you can really feel the gameplay with the animations that way.

Eco Punk is pretty neat. My biggest issue with it, however, is its large file size (95mb!). Otherwise the animations and gameplay are excellent.

T-Sanner is absolutely AMAZING. It takes the Quick Time Event and makes a side-scrolling runner out of it, with bonuses based on timing. It sounds like a bad idea but it plays brilliantly with the goofy/funny style.

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Last edited by SkyMuffin; 08-16-2010 at 01:32 AM.
08-16-2010, 03:56 AM
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Watermelon! Is great, but monsters valley and brave man by poppy are also great but not very well known titles. You guys really should try them.
08-16-2010, 04:17 AM
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Great thread, here goes my list of games which flew under the radar of attention:

Shape Escape

"Shape Escape" doesnīt have a story, it puts you right into controlling an obviously bored elephant who decided to place the objects back inside the correct shaped holes just for the heck of it. Or maybe itīs just an obsessively tidy elephant? ..... Who cares about this anyway. Donīt expect any fancy art or sound effects, this game is pretty much straight forward. You vs. the Puzzle, thatīs about it. Speaking of puzzles, there are quite a lot of it. Shape Escape does include 300 handcrafted(!) rooms for your heavy friend to solve. Yeah, they are hand made, according to the dev there was no soulless random level generator being used at all.

The developer claims that "Shape Escape" is addictive and we all know that almost every dev is playing this card only to leave you disappointed after the purchase in most cases. Trust me though, this game IS addictive, yeah it really is. I find myself to keep getting back to the game only to solve "one more level" before getting back to work half an hour later. Despite itīs minimal presentation this is a fine game. Iīm sure that every true puzzle addict will love this one. A true hidden gem and a nice take on the Sokoban Genre.

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I might add more later, but i wanna stick to the true hidden gems out there.

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Last edited by tblrsa; 08-16-2010 at 10:22 AM.
08-16-2010, 11:04 AM
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Nice, I enjoy these types of threads. No matter how many games you know about, there are always more you don't know about.

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