A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Figuring out the best angle from which to shoot your cannon -- and overcome the obstacles -- carries a learning curve.
Violence & Scariness
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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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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