Just released for iPhone and iPad, Ragdoll Blaster 3 is a great game that follows well in the footsteps of the other Ragdoll Blaster games. That having been said, I think this new version of their game will soon overshadow what started out as a simple game consisting of shooting a ragdoll out of a canon to hit a target. Don’t get me wrong, I love the older versions. However, this newest version of the game offers so much more.
The first thing that I noticed when I launched the game, was the improvements that have been made in the graphics. The ragdolls, levels, and menus are now more brightly colored. They are almost cartoon-like, which immediately catches your attention. These graphics are a great improvement over the earlier versions of Ragdoll Blaster.
When you first launch the game, you are shown a quick video of the ragdolls studying blueprints for a blimp they want to build to go on a trip. However, in order to complete this task, you must first complete the levels in the first of five worlds. As you might expect, in the first few levels you are given hints to help you learn to play the game, should you have missed out on Ragdoll Blaster 1 & 2. At the end of each completed level, you get a piece of the blueprints for the blimp. I am not really sure what the correlation is there, but found that it didn’t really matter. After finishing all the levels, your blimp is complete and the ragdolls can fly away. As you proceed through each of the worlds, the pattern is much the same.
Another big difference between Ragdoll Blaster 3 and the earlier two versions of the game, is the ability to buy upgrades. There are two ways to do this. First, each level has golden buttons in it. As you play the levels, you can collect the buttons by hitting them. Collect enough buttons and you can upgrade your ragdoll to one that is wearing a different costume. This feature is amusing, however, you should know that these are merely costume upgrades. The new ragdolls don’t hold any special powers.
There are upgrades that you can buy that do give you extra help. Unfortunately, these are In-App Purchases and cost real money. You can buy anything from extra buttons and hints for levels to a rocket ragdoll that will solve any level. Personally, I like to complete puzzles and games on my own, but for those who want or need more help, it is there for you. Many of these levels are quite tricky.
I think my favorite feature of the game is that it was constantly changing. Each world is different with a different type of ragdoll. The challenges that each level presents are unique. Just when you think you have things figured out, the game throws you for a loop, literally. Ragdoll Blaster 3 is a well-designed and polished game that provides enough variety and challenge to keep you going for hours.
One of our favorite physics game for the iPhone is Ragdoll Blaster where you use a canon to launch ragdolls to hit a target. The sequel, Ragdoll Blaster 2, builds on the puzzles of the first iteration with some significant improvements in many areas that make it a worthwhile sequel. Since Ragdoll Blaster 2 has been in the top 100 for a few weeks now chances are you’re already playing it. However, if not then this review is for you.
The first thing you will notice with Ragdoll Blaster 2 is that the graphics have been significantly improved over the line-drawn style of the first version. The game now has very polished and very good graphics that shows that the Ragdoll Blaster franchise is well alive and maturing.
The other major improvement in RB2 is the new enhancements to the puzzles. Yes, RB2 has a bunch of new puzzles, but what I mean by enhancements is that the developers have added levers and buttons and other physical objects into the mix. Pushing buttons or moving levers will alter the puzzle in some way, usually making it possible to complete.
We’ve been playing Ragdoll Blaster 2 for a few weeks now and have been really enjoying it. I have a 6 year old that loves the first version and now I can’t get him to put down this version. However, don’t be fooled, Ragdoll Blaster 2 isn’t just for kids, it’s for everyone and that’s one of the big reasons we really like this game. The game is almost universal in it’s target audience which makes it an easy buy. RB2 is also addicting for all ages with great puzzles that continue to advance and build upon the first version.
What we liked: Great, improved graphics over v.1, new puzzles and objects make it a great sequel.
What we didn’t like: Nothing comes to mind.
Paper Toss: World Tour is a simple yet addicting game from the makers of Ragdoll Blaster. If time wasting is your thing, have I got an app for you. The idea is simple, toss a wad of paper into a bin. Then, do it again and again. See how many shots you can make in a row. When you get three shots in a row, you unlock the next level of the game.
The levels are all essentially the same with a few differences. As you progress through the levels, the basket that you are trying to toss the paper wad into moves farther away. The levels also each feature a different background picture meant to reflect a different part of the world. Thus, the world tour in the title.
Paper Toss: World Tour would be a pretty boring game if every toss were the same. Flicking the paper wad at the same spot on the screen over and over would get old fast. However, there is always a cross wind to contend with. For each shot that you make, there is an arrow with a number displayed on the screen, giving you wind direction and speed. You have to adjust the angle of each shot to make it into the basket. The changes in wind speed and direction add variety and challenge to the game.
Paper Toss: World Tour is a great way to kill time now and again or just zone out after a long day at the office. Watch out, though, you may become addicted as you try to beat your high score. Nothing makes you want to play again more than almost beating your all time record.
Developer’s Website: http://www.backflipstudios.com/papertoss_wt/
Ragdoll Blaster – A Physics Puzzler by Backflip Studios is a great puzzle that feels like a game. The goal of the game is to use the least amount of ragdolls that you can to launch one of them into a red target. You shoot the ragdolls out of a cannon. Some blocks are breakable, and others are firm. The cool thing about this game is that, in some levels, the target moves. You have to really use your brain to setup the levels just right to win.
To shoot your cannon, tap on the screen in the direction you wish to shoot. The farther your finger taps away from the cannon, the more power that the blast will have. You can shoot as many ragdolls as you want, but you may not be able to beat your friends’ scores. Some levels require you to break down large structures, or use catapults.
Ragdoll Blaster is a great physics puzzler that will keep you entertained for a long time. This game has great replay value and requires some brain power. Ragdoll Blaster is one of the best puzzlers I have played, and it’s a game! This is a great buy with over 70 challenging levels with a smooth learning curve.
Ragdoll Blaster – A Physics Puzzler is $1.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Developer’s Website: http://www.backflipstudios.com/ragdollblaster/