Simian Mind
Based in Ottawa, Canada

Release date:
June 24, 2013

Apple App Store / iPad (iOS)


Regular Price:



"Aliens Above!" is a physics-based arcade-style action game that puts you in control of a UFO's tractor beam. Using direct touch screen input, players must use the world itself as a tool: tractoring, juggling, and obliterating objects to make it safely through each act. Responding to a distress call, your UFO must cross the skies in order to locate and rescue stranded aliens. It will not be easy though, with military and government agents trying to blow you out of the sky! With randomized stage arrangements and new traps at every step of the way, each playthrough is sure to surprise!


During Simian Mind's early years, the team worked part-time on various prototypes. Out of these prototypes, "Aliens Above!" quickly caught the team's interest. The game would focus on direct player input through a minimalist control scheme which could only be achieved on a touchscreen device. "Aliens Above!" was an ambituous project: in order to create the game they designed, Simian Mind had to create its own engine and tools specifically for the game. These tools later became the inspiration and basis for SMEd, Simian Mind's open-source map editor platform. "Aliens Above!" was completed and released for iPad in 2013.


  • Challenging, arcade-style action
  • Your fingers are the tractor beam: tap, slide, and swipe to directly manipulate objects
  • Use the environment to defend your UFO from destruction
  • Destructible environments: cause objects to fracture, shatter, and crumble
  • Randomized stage arrangements ensure new surprises in every playthrough!
  • No ads, and no in-app purchases


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About Simian Mind

Games by Canadian independent developers Alex Dawson, Chris Dawson, & Zack Dawson.

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Aliens Above! Credits

Alex Dawson

Chris Dawson

Zack Dawson

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