Ramp Champ

Ramp Champ is a extremely addicting and interesting take on the classic arcade concept of skee ball. There have been several versions of this style game to hit the App Store, but this is by far my favorite. It’s surprising that such a simple idea could be so entertaining, but trust me. Ramp Champ will steal hours and hours of your life away.

There is so much to like about this game, that I hardly know where to start. I guess first of all, I should touch base on the controls. Simply flick your finger up the ramp and try to hit one of the targets. That is all there is to it! The physics feel very real and whether or not you hit your target very much depends on how hard you flick and in what direction you aim. With such simple controls, it’s definitely something you could give a child, and yet it still remains challenging enough to entertain an adult. Awesome!

The whole interface is laid out in an incredibly creative way. If you’ve ever been to an arcade, then you no doubt remember spending quarter after quarter at a skee ball machine, amassing tickets that you will end up spending on some pointless little trinket. Ramp Champ will give you all that nostalgia for a lot less money. You are given four different themed ramps by default and once you’ve chosen which ramp you want, you’re given 8 balls to use up. Every 500 points you get earns you a ticket. Running out of balls signals the game over screen which includes a super cool ticket dispenser animation that shows you how many you won!

You may be wondering what kind of things you can buy with your tickets. Tapping the “Redeem” tab at the bottom will bring up a little ticket shop where you can scroll through the different themes. Each theme has nine corresponding prizes such as candy, toys, and various small miscellaneous items. What is the point? Well, nothing really. Once you purchase one, it will show up on your “loot” shelves. Very similar to the prizes you would get at an real arcade with one small difference: these organize themselves neatly on the shelf instead of magically ending up stuffed into your junk drawer.

Think this game won’t be challenging enough for your tastes? Well don’t be to hasty, because to make things a little more difficult, the developers included three goals to meet for each theme (e.g. catch all 3 fish, score over 10,000 points, etc). They get progressively more difficult and in the few days that’s i’ve played, I’ve only been able to complete a few here and there. These goals aren’t actually necessary to complete, but each time you do, you receive a cute little statue to put in your trophy case.

If you get tired of the awesome selection of different goals and themes the game has to offer, there is also the option to purchase add-on ramp packs for $0.99 a piece. I rarely give into paying extra for a couple new options, but in this case I actually recommend it. While the concept remain the same, each pack comes with two brand new themes, each with their own corresponding goals and prizes.

Overall, I think people would be foolish to pass this game up. The one very small thing I wish the developers would consider adding is the ability to have a multiple save option. As is, if a friend plays on your phone, their score will mess up any personal high scores you had already made for yourself. That is a seemingly rare thing to see for this type of game however, so it’s hardly even a complaint worth mentioning. Ramp Champ is one of those games that actually makes me feel nostalgia for the original arcade game. The look and feel is great. The soundtrack is so fitting and well done that it doesn’t even need iPod support. All that combined with great challenges and extra downloadable content just make the more-than-fair price tag sweet icing on the cake.

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