Ragdoll Blaster 3

Common Sense Media says

Explosive franchise goes happy and bright, and it works.

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Ease of play

Figuring out the best angle from which to shoot your cannon -- and overcome the obstacles -- carries a learning curve.

Violence

Human-looking dummies are shot out of a cannon with the goal of hitting a target. There's no blood, but the body will crumple when it hits an obstacle, with arms and legs flailing. The dummies manically as they fly through the air. 

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Consumerism

Players can purchase different designs of the rag dolls with the app's in-game cash, buttons. These are earned in the game, but impatient players can spend up to $25 of real-world cash to buy buttons and hurry the process along. Also, a button on the main menu opens a list of other games by the publisher.

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ragdoll Blaster 3 is the latest in a series of physics-based puzzle games where players fire dummies from a cannon to hit a target. Though players have an unlimited supply of dummies, they earn more points by firing less. And while the game sounds violent, it's very much focused on puzzle solving, rather than destruction. The in-app purchase elements are worth watching out for, but are not aggressively thrust upon the player. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. Gameplay for the HD iPad version is the same.

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RAGDOLL BLASTER has gone through its stark phase and a steampunk phase, so for this third installment of the game, the developer opted for a brighter, happier world -- and it works to a tee. The gameplay is largely unchanged (with the exception of different types of ragdolls -- each of which has a different characteristic). The puzzles are challenging, but not overly hard and don't tend to truly tax players who are patient enough to try different solutions. And that aforementioned lighter theme scratches the Angry Birds itch for some players.

There are plenty of imitators, but this remains one of the best physics puzzle games around. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99-$2.99
Release date:February 18, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:123.00 MB
Publisher:Backflip Studios
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.1 or later

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Backflip Studios' Ragdoll Blaster III

dont buy it its terrible
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Too much violence

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