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I lean toward simple, puzzle-based challenges that grow in complexity with each level when it comes to iPhone gaming. Angry Birds not only fits that category; it defines it. But if you’re looking for a catapult-style game without the birds, we’ve got you covered.

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I lean toward simple, puzzle-based challenges that grow in complexity with each level when it comes to iPhone gaming. Angry Birds not only fits that category; it defines it. But I soon found myself wanting more catapult. I went to Rio, tried changing Seasons, and even traveled to the Antarctic where I found some Crazy Penguins. But what I really wanted was something new, or at least decidedly bird-free. The following are five catapult-style games that have nothing to do with avian creatures.

Cannon CadetsCannon Cadets. Canon Cadets is quality all the way through. The levels are well designed; gameplay is challenging; and you can even create your own levels and share them with the rest of the Cannon Cadets community. There are also hidden bonus levels that keep the game play interesting. $0.99 Universal.

Crush the CastleCrush the Castle. Originally an online game, Crush the Castle has been a catapult favorite for quite some time now. It’s a little more challenging than your traditional catapult games, and features a wide variety of projectiles. Crush the Castle also has its own built-in level editor, where you can build your own castle to defend the king. Free demo, $0.99 iPhone, $0.99 iPad

Trucks and SkullsTrucks & Skulls. Supported by in-app purchases, this catapult game is surprisingly addictive. It isn’t too challenging, but has a reward system where you get gold for doing better and playing more. You use the gold to upgrade your trucks, which in turn crush the skulls. The game uses notifications to remind you to play each day, which could be either annoying or welcome depending on how much you like the game. Free iPhone and iPad.

WWE Superstar SlingshotWWE Superstar Slingshot. This game is definitely geared towards wrestling fans. The underlying premise is that you use the ropes of the wrestling ring to catapult your character at your opponent. In true catapult game fashion, your opponent is guarded by a tower constructed of various materials like cones, tires, barrels and chairs. You knock your opponent down and destroy the ring to gain points and advance to the next level. Free demo, $1.99 iPhone, $2.99 iPad.

Monty Pythons Cow TossingMonty Python’s Cow Tossing. Silly and entertaining; if only it came with a free can of Spam. This game will certainly appeal to fans of Monty Python and Terry Gilliam’s cutout-style cartoon characters. It’s not as deep or challenging as other games in this genre, but a fun distraction nonetheless. As a bonus, in the game (as opposed to the movie) you actually can get the Holy Grail. $0.99 iPhone, $2.99 iPad.

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