Preview: Ramp Champ Brings Carnival Excitement to iPhone Gaming

In Kevin Smith’s cinematic piece Dogma, a pivotal character is rendered nearly inactive for a significant portion of the movie due to a peculiar fixation on the arcade game Skee-Ball. This entire ordeal might have been sidestepped with the aid of an iPhone or iPod touch equipped with the latest application from Iconfactory and DSMediaLabs, titled Ramp Champ. This app recreates the ambiance and challenge of traditional carnival ball-toss games and packs them into a stylish, enjoyable mobile experience.

Offered at $1.99, the Ramp Champ application [iTunes link] includes four distinct levels that range from targeting rows of clown faces to hitting a series of pixelated garden icons.

Each level offers scoring and prize opportunities for successfully hitting targets such as clowns, fish, space invaders, or icons. Achieving one of the three bonus conditions on a level, such as finding the hidden dogcow on the icon garden board, rewards players with a special accolade for their skill.

Post-game, players are awarded tickets which can be exchanged for virtual prizes like plush toys or novelty items within the app’s prize gallery. While the initial download includes four levels, an additional four levels featuring themes like unicorns, ninjas, teeth, and tikis are available for purchase within the app, priced at $0.99 for each two-level pack.

The game’s appeal lies not just in its straightforward yet addictive physics—where you might find your thumb sore from vigorous flicking—but also in its visual and auditory presentation.

The Iconfactory team has excelled in crafting an engaging carnival atmosphere that permeates every aspect of Ramp Champ, from its graphics to its sound design. Despite its simplicity, the game offers a surprisingly deep immersive experience.

However, like many initial releases on the iPhone, Ramp Champ does experience some stability issues. It has been noted to crash occasionally, particularly on the first day of use.

John Devis

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