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By Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Excellent physics puzzler with some cartoon violence.

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RAMPS is similar to some other physics-based puzzle apps: Get a rolling ball to a goal using the provided tools. In this case, all you get is a limited number of ramps in different sizes, and you must move them around and adjust the tilt to direct the ball to the cup. There are plenty of things to stop you, though -- vacuums, robotic fish, robot arms, and shades-wearing penguins. Each level also has three challenges to meet -- some are time-based, or involve collecting a coin on the screen, or finishing the level on the first try. At the time of this review, there are two worlds with 50 levels each, and some of them are extremely difficult to beat, let alone gain all three challenges.

The difficulty level and cartoon violence make Ramps inappropriate for younger kids, but it's an excellent app. At times the controls are hard to use in small increments, but the puzzles are very well-designed and the cartoony aspect is quite funny, particularly when you don't know what will happen the first time you encounter a new mechanism. For players who enjoy physics puzzlers, Ramps is worth a try.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Release date: January 25, 2011
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: Backabit
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.1 or later
  • Last updated: August 22, 2016

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