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The iOS gaming scene is growing at a truly staggering rate. Every day hordes of new games hit the App Store, but far too many of them feel the same. Developers see something selling, and they want to get a piece of the pie. Physics-based puzzle games like Angry Birds are a great example of this while endless runners are another. What if you want to play something a little bit different? Are there games on the App Store that really break the mold?
Of course there are! You just have to know where to look. Today, we are going to dig into five iOS games that really do something different. For gamers looking to play something that is not simply a clone of the App Store’s most popular offerings, these five are well worth your time.
Space Team (Free)
Space Team is, without question, one of the best multiplayer games on iOS. Instead of the Internet-based multiplayer we typically see on the platform, this game involves playing in the same room as your teammates, which really affects the type of fun you can have.
The idea behind the game is to try to propel your spaceship as far as possible while things constantly go wrong. You are shouting random nonsensical words to your teammates, and one of you will have the component on your screen. You might see “Set Shiftsanitizer to 1” on the screen. You would shout this out, and whoever has the Shiftsanitizer on their screen would have to set it to 1. Similarly, you have to listen to the nonsense your team-mates are shouting out and hit the corresponding controls on your screen.
It makes for some insane gameplay, and is bound to end up in fits of laughter.
The Nightjar ($0.99)
This is a fascinating game that is played using only sound. That’s right; there are no fancy visuals here, according to the developers “you’ll have to see with your ears”. Forget endless runners and shooting birds from a slingshot, The Nightjar most certainly shakes things up on the iOS gaming scene.
The game uses some impressive sound design, and 3D audio technology to create an immersive world that does not require visuals. The creators call it “one of the most realistic game worlds ever created,” and in terms of sound design, it most certainly lives up to this title. If you want a game that approaches the concept from a completely different direction, The Nightjar is most certainly worth its $0.99 price tag.
Ridiculous Fishing ($2.99)
Let me start this off by saying that I absolutely love Ridiculous Fishing. I first heard about this game on Giant Bomb’s podcast, and I’ve been hooked (no pun intended) on it ever since. Before you ask yourself how a fishing game could be considered unconventional, allow me to explain the way the game works.
In this game you must first cast your line, and dive as deep as possible. The accelerometer is used to avoid the fish on the way down by tilting your device. When you crash, the line will begin to ascend, and the goal is to use the tilt controls to catch as many fish as possible. Once you reach the surface, the fish fly into the air and you have to tap to shoot them with one of the many guns in the game.
Sound unconventional? You bet. On top of that, the game features a cool upgrade mechanic that provides a huge range of new guns, power-ups, hats and more.
The overall gameplay in this one is not that unconventional, as it is a simple puzzle platformer at its core. Things get weird when you look at the goal of the game, which is actually to kill the main character. For all our lives in video games the goal has been to save someone, or to help the main character survive some kind of a terrible ordeal, but Karoshi throws that out the window.
Of course, sending the hero to his death is not as easy as it would be in a game where survival is the goal. Instead, you will have to think outside of the box and find creative ways to bring his life to an end. It’s quite an odd game, and one that you should definitely try if you are sick of the same old puzzle or platformer stuff.
In most games your character moves with the simple swipe of a joystick, or in the case of endless runners it does that part automatically. In QWOP, the objective of the game is actually just moving your character. This interesting premise along with a hilarious physics engine leads to a fun and often hilarious gameplay experience.
QWOP started out as a flash game where the player controlled a horse, and the iOS version brings the human element into play. Now, you control a man training for his career in track. It’s just as ridiculous as ever, and it actually adopts quite well to touch controls. If you are sick of the same old endless runners, this polar opposite should be right up your alley.
If you don’t want to spend your time playing the same old iOS games, these games bring something fresh to the table. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with Angry Birds or Running With Friends, but that sometimes we all want something a little different, and these games are definitely a “little different”.
What unconventional iOS games do you recommend? You must have a weird and wonderful favourite? Hit the comments section below and let us know!