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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Excellent physics puzzler with some cartoon violence.

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Ease of Play

Ramps has simple instructions: Move the ramps and adjust the tilt in order to get a ball from the dispenser to the cup. The ramps can be moved by dragging the center of the ramp, or tilted by dragging the edges. Sometimes it is difficult to grab the correct ramp when two are close together, and it is hard to make tiny adjustments.


The balls have happy faces on them, and will encounter various enemies or obstacles including lava, robotic fish that catch them in their teeth, falling icicles that spear them, and snowball-throwing penguins that throw them at the screen. Also, if a ball gets stuck or the player pushes the retry button, the ball shakes with an angry face and then vanishes in a puff of smoke.


There is a button for "Credits," where you'll see a small section about the developer and a link to their website.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ramps is a cartoony physics-based puzzle game that involves getting a ball to roll into a cup using the ramps. There are a number of obstacles and enemies that inflict cartoon violence on the balls. The controls are imprecise at times. The difficulty level of some levels would be beyond the abilities of younger kids without significant help.

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Is it any good?

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
  • Price: $0.99
  • 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 25, 2016

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