Ragdoll Blaster 3 ($0.99) by Backflip Studios is the third iteration of the popular physics-based action game Ragdoll Blaster, where the goal is to fling floppy ragdolls from cannons to hit targets and solve puzzles.
I never tire of blasting ragdolls from cannons and watching them smack into random objects, so Ragdoll Blaster 3 was a welcome addition to my app arsenal. It’s got the same great gameplay as the previous two games, plus some major improvements for even more firing fun.
I think the first major difference you’ll notice is the graphics, which are looking much improved from the first two Ragdoll Blaster games. I was super impressed with the new graphics – this third version of the game has definitely gotten a serious graphical overhaul. It’s so cute!
If you haven’t played one of these games before, you might be a little shocked at the violence. The goal is to shoot adorable little dolls at different targets, while aiming in a way that allows you to gather the buttons that litter each level. This is a casual game with one-touch aiming and firing, so it’s suitable for all skill levels.
Levels start out simple, with basic targets and few obstacles, but the craziness quickly ramps up with the addition of bombs, barriers, slippery ice, and molten hot magma.
The idea is to use as few ragdolls as possible to reach the target, for the maximum number of stars. You’ll also need to grab all the buttons you can, which are used as currency to unlock new costumes. Of course, you can also buy extra buttons through in-app purchases.
There are five worlds in Ragdoll Blaster 3 with over 100 levels in all. There are five different ragdolls to shoot from your cannon, and you can dress them up in a bunch of fun costumes. As always, there’s Game Center integration with leader boards and achievements, so you can show off your doll-tossing prowess.
In addition to the iPhone version, there’s also a high-definition iPad version that allows you to play on the big screen. While the iPhone version is $0.99, the iPad version will cost you a bit more at $2.99, but it’s worth it for the extra screen real estate.
I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about the first and second Ragdoll Blasters, but Ragdoll Blaster 3’s major redesign sold me on the game from the beginning. If you’re looking for a great casual title or loved the first two Ragdoll Blaster games, Ragdoll Blaster 3 is a game that won’t disappoint. Honestly, if you have even an inkling of interest in physics-based puzzle games, this is a game worth your money.