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Ragdoll Blaster 3 Review
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Ragdoll Blaster 3, the latest iteration of Backflip Studios’ awesome ragdoll-flinging bonanza, is now available from the app store. With its revamped graphics and the addition of multiple objectives to complete and multiple ragdoll types to use, Ragdoll Blaster 3 takes its engaging puzzler series to the next level.

Ragdoll Blaster 3 Pros:

  • Vibrant 3D environments and terrific puzzle design
  • Cheerful and pleasant soundtrack
  • Responsive tap controls couldn’t be simpler
  • Time, collection, and efficiency goals to meet
  • New ragdoll types
  • GameCenter integration for leaderboards and achievements

Ragdoll Blaster 3 Cons:

  • Must pass a level to move on to the next

We were big fans of the original Ragdoll Blaster with its pencil-on-graph-paper style and terrific puzzle design, and we were even more impressed by the next offering that retained the play style of the first while offering a visual presentation that brought something new and exciting to the table. This version continues the tradition of upping the ante with a wealth of new and exciting features. There are over 100 levels to play that span 5 distinct worlds (Patchwork Meadows, Crystal Caves, Candy Mountain, Magma Basin, and Lunar Outpost). In addition, there are a variety of ragdoll types, including standard no-frills ragdolls, belly-sliding ice ragdolls, fiery ragdolls, magnetic robo-ragdolls, and pleasantly plump ragdolls. Each must put its unique abilities into play in order to achieve its goal, which is and always will be to hit the target using as few dolls as possible. Rather than focusing solely on the number of dolls fired from the cannon before hitting the target, Ragdoll Blaster 3 has adopted a 3-star model to add some flavor to the mix. Each level receives a score that comprises the speed with which you hit the target, the number of dolls used, and the number of gold buttons collected. An additional star can be earned for topping 10,000 points on a level, which usually involves besting one or more of the goal scores for each category. There are large and small gold buttons strewn about each level, which are collected via contact with a doll and used to purchase fun outfits for the ragdolls from the in-game store. It requires some serious creative juices to figure out how to collect all buttons in several of the levels.

Graphically, the game has a colorful, cartoonish 3D presentation that has a lighter, more whimsical feel than the previous version. Level designs are terrific, with trial-and-error necessary to determine the location, strength, and order of cannon blasts to solve the level. The dolls interact with environmental objects such as boulders, exploding boxes, magnets, and more. The soundtrack uses the same great tune as RB2 in the menus, a catchy upbeat number that fits the game’s style well. The background music during gameplay is pleasant and relaxing, and sound effects like screeching ragdolls and cannon fire add to the experience. Controls are tap-based, requiring that you simply tap on screen to fire the cannon. The distance that you tap from the cannon determines the force used to launch the doll. Some shots require arcing and finesse, while others call for brute force. The responsiveness and accuracy of the controls remains top-notch.

Replay value is good, as you can typically improve upon your score by trimming some time, using fewer dolls, or figuring out how to snag all of the available buttons. The inclusion of instant replays is a fun way to evaluate your performance. GameCenter integration provides global leaderboards and nearly 4 dozen achievements to earn. At $0.99 (or $2.99 for the HD version), Ragdoll Blaster 3 is a can’t-miss, 5-Dimple stud.

Ragdoll Blaster 3 Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2012-02-09T00:16:57+00:00 rating 5.0 out of 5

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