Indie gaming is hard to keep track of these days. When I think back to my own experience, this time last year I had never really dabbled into the indie gaming scene, and after being thrown in at the deep end, I soon delved beneath the surface to find some truly outstanding games.
So I thought it would be great if I could share some of my favourite experiences for each platform. Today we’re taking a look at iOS releases for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad users.
Here are 10 essential iOS titles for you to grab today!
Sword & Sworcery
While this strange and memorable tale may have appeared on PC just a few weeks ago, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP started its journey on iOS. Featuring a unique pixel-art style, along with an amazing soundtrack, this point-and-click adventure is truly different from anything else out there right now.
Melbourne-based studio Kumobius set out to do one thing – create an old-school platformer. Bean’s Quest is sure to remind you of classics such as Mario and Sonic, but this Mexican jumping bean takes the genre and makes it his own. Easy enough that Grandma could pick up and play, but the additional challenges on each level makes this one a hardcore gamer’s delight.
Super Lemonade Factory
The controls may be a little cumbersome at times, but this World War II era platforming adventure is certainly memorable. Once you have completed the game you will unlock an intolerable hardcore mode which will test even the most experienced gamers out there.
Who doesn’t want to play a werewolf comedy puzzle adventure? If you’re looking for a highly polished, hilarious and accessible title, then you need look no further than MacGuffin’s Curse from Brawsome. Already in contention for indie game of the year in our eyes, this is well worth the $4.99 price tag.
If visual art style takes your fancy, the gorgeous Contre Jour will surely please your senses. Morph the landscape using nothing more than your fingers as you guide your creature to safety while marveling at this dark yet beautiful title.
The combination of visual presentation and accessible gameplay makes Tiny Wings the perfect iOS game for everyone. Launch your bird from the slopes and fly as far as you can before the sun goes down, using nothing but a single finger press. It’s a lot harder than it sounds, and it will keep you entertained for hours.
World of Goo
One of the first “indie” games out there via Nintendo’s WiiWare service, World of Goo is an exceptional experience on any iOS device. This puzzle game will really test your grey matter, and the mechanics are perfectly suited towards touchscreen devices.
Angry Birds Space
Which came first – the Angry Birds or the slingshot? Every man, woman, child and green pig knows about Angry Birds, but the latest release is by far the best. Take those birds into the far reaches of space, and save the universe from an army of Incredible Hulk Pigs.
Train Conductor 2: USA
The Voxel Agents really hit their stride with the release of Train Conductor 2: USA a couple of years ago, and the fact it made this list is a true testament to just how great the game is. Conduct a series of trains through a number of exciting locations, avoid causing catastrophic pile-ups and post your high scores. It may be a little older now, but it is worth checking out while we patiently await the next title from The Voxel Agents.
Using Unreal 3 Engine, Dark Meadow tells a dark and twisted fairytale from hell that will resonate with the player for weeks to come. Featuring gripping first-person combat, with an intuitive gesture control system, and fantastic voice acting, if you want something to scare the pants off you, Dark Meadow is it!