[REVIEW] Ragdoll Blaster

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    Ragdoll Blaster- A Physics Puzzler
    A review on a quoted "simple yet addictive" AppStore Game.

    Released- July 03, 2009
    Seller- Backflip Studios
    Version- 1.1 (iPhone OS 3.0 Tested)
    Space- 4.0 MB
    Requirements- iPod Touch or iPhone OS 2.2 or later
    Cost- Lite Version/FREE; Regular Version/ $1.99
    Website- www.backflipstudios.com


    Ragdoll Blaster, rated an average of 4.5 stars in the AppStore, is an addicting game based on simple, realistic physics.

    Looking for a new and VERY addictive game? Check out the game Ragdoll Blaster. Don't let the name fool you. This game is very challenging and will have you playing for awhile. The purpose of this game is to tap the screen at an angle to launch a ragdoll from a canon towards the denoted target. While this may sound easy, there are many obstacles and moving targets at hand.

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    About Ragdoll Blaster

    As said in a recent AppStore Review, "clear your calendars...this thing is addictive as heck!"
    I highly support this statement because as soon as I played this game, I did not want to stop. ​

    Okay so now onto the basics of the game:

    Players have the option of choosing the level of play. This is a very useful feature if you like to jump around and do not necessarily want to play in default order. This feature also makes it so that levels are not definitively in order of increasing difficulty, but varied as the player advances.

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    choose-able level menu

    To shoot the cannon, tap anywhere on the screen and a ragdoll will be fired. This game also keeps track of the last shot made so that if you want to adjust the angle that the cannon fires, there is a noted point of reference.

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    Level 5 screenshot

    Scoring is based on the number of ragdolls it takes you to hit the target. At any point in play, you are allowed to reset that level back to 0 ragdolls. I think this feature is decent because it allows incentive for players to keep playing, knowing at any time they can better their score.


    Ragdoll Blaster's Design


    Graphics & Presentation-


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    Screenshot of level-play
    • Very simple graph paper background with figures that look appropriately hand drawn
    • Design is very presentable and easy on the eyes
    • Ragdolls are in blue and the targets are always in red so that players know what they are aiming for
    • Obstacles are in black/gray

    The verdict:The graphics for Ragdoll Blaster are very simple, yet appropriate for the simplistic concept of this game. (10/10)

    Audio-

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    Audio menu
    • A version of "The Nutcracker Ballet" by Tchaikovsky is played by lower brass instruments/bells
    • Repeated throughout
    • Real cannon sounds when the screen is tapped (cannon is fired)
    • Option to turn the audio on/off
    • No volume control supported within the game

    The verdict: The background song choice in my opinion is not very suitable for this game. I do like the added cannon sounds when playing; these; however, get rather annoying after a few levels of play. (5/10)

    Gameplay/Controls-

    • Simple tap to play control
    • Visible Menu/Reset Buttons
    • Very easy for anyone to use and figure out
    • Tutorial at the start of the first game

    The verdict: Backflip Studios did an excellent job of creating Ragdoll Blaster to have A+ quality Gameplay and Controls. (10/10)

    Value For Money-
    • Lite Version is FREE
    • Regular version is $1.99
    • Hours of Play PRICELESS

    The verdict: Try it. Buy it. Simple as that. (10/10)

    Improvements-

    • Adding a volume control
    • Changing the background music to maybe something more arcade-esque

    With many games in the AppStore to choose from, the game Ragdoll Blaster is absolutely addictive and highly recommended. This game is very simple to play by using a "tap to play" interface with multiple levels and challenging advancement. Overall, this is necessary game for iPod Touch or iPhone users.


    Graphics & Presentation: 10/10 (simple and appropriate for the concept of this game)
    Audio: 5/10 (music choice may not be favored by all)
    Gameplay/Controls: 10/10 (very appropriate and easily viewable)
    Value For Money: 10/10 (the lite version is free; the regular version is only $1.99)

    TOTAL REVIEW RATING: 8.75/10 EXCELLENT
    MY iTUNES RATING: 4.38/5

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    Great Review, great game, they need to add more levels though, I went through the whole game in 1 day (maybe because I was playing non-stop?)
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    i know, right? lol it's a simple game that's super fun!!

    hopefully there will be updates =D
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    Great review! Well presented and written. A very enjoyable read

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    I knew I'd heard of this before! There is a PC version of this somewhere... And now I want to play it :\ Great read
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    Thanks. There's a pc version?? Hmm I'll have to look for it.

    Any ideas on what App to review next?
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    I wish I'd seen this review like 2 hours earlier - I just bought a different game, but I downloaded the demo of this and I'm addicted to this game! I remember the flash desktop version, it was addictive as well.

    This game is on my "to-buy" list
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    Haha yeah it is a very addictive game...that's why I'm not going to launch it until i know I have the time to play it
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    you can sit there for a long time and play the game, but because the levels are so short its a good game to play during short waits
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    studangerous Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    My only advice here would be: 1) choose an app that hasn't already been looked at by the MR Team or has had a well received member review, 2) unless you plan to keep updating it then don't choose an app that is regularly updated with new content, 3) In my view the best reviews are those of little known hidden gem apps, or where you can give extra incite (e.g. a music production app if you produce music), or of a brand new release or significant update of an app.

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