We’ve discussed the Big Developers already so let’s now focus on the smaller (maybe mightier) devs, the Indies! The AppStore has been outrageous lately with all the wacky and entertaining app. This year has been a phenomenal for our Indie Devs and their games. Watching them like an eagle’s eye, we’ve all seen what they’re capable of and surely anticipate new releases. Let’s discuss some of the more prominent ones…
First we have Pocket God, the first interactive, god-feeling app that puts you in control of these little monsters, Pygmies. You can pretty much “man-handle” them by throwing them in the sea to drown, feed them sharks, start a fire, a title wave, and even wake a giant ice monster. Pretty intense eh? Well that’s nothing.
Developed and published by Bolt Creative’s Dave Castelnuovo, this game holds nothing but creativeness and insanity! Unfortunately, this was the only distinguished app from them, but boy did it manage!
This developer started hitting its stride with Harbor Master and has since released Hippo High Dive and a game in cooperation with our next featured indie dev. Harbor Master we believe is the second line drawing game, at least the second to hit it big next to Flight Control of course.
Critical Thought made a mark on the store by their two “challenging than most” tower defense games which includes geoDefense Swarm.
Minigore was quickly popular after the release date, and not only because it’s amazing graphics and gamelplay, but because it was introduced to us from an unknown Indie Dev, Mountain Sheep (published by Chillingo).
I was astonished when I headed into this game and started shooting all those monsters and watching my score raise. It is addicting! It’s simple too, shoot as many enemies as possible without dying, and you earn points. Awesome, awesome game!
Paper Toss definitely has some potential, but I can get thrown off course pretty quick, but that’s just me. Not only do the superior graphics instantaneously grab your attention, but so does the game entirely.
It’s quite entertaining, what you do is toss the crushed up paper into a trash can while you have a slight wind (for the fan) blowing in a direction, so you must throw it right. This game is perfect because it all fits in right as you can see.
Though they do not have numerous games charting on the Top 100 Paid apps, these developers have managed to beat the odds and even reach the charts at one point of their games life cycles. Bolt Creative is even able to stay in the charts for almost a year now, and their app has re-entered the Top 10 paid apps just recently.
Let these guys be a lesson to everyone that things can happen if you work hard for it. It doesn’t usually take just one app to catapult you on top, just ask Imangi Studios. Keep going at it Indie Devs! We expect more from you in the next year!