The Iconfactory is very well known for their iPhone apps Frenzic and Twitterific along with their history in icon design before the iPhone. I remember using one of their icon changing programs a while back, maybe 3 years ago, but enough of that. They released their new game a few days ago called Ramp Champ, a boardwalk skeeball type of game similar to Arcade Bowling.
Design: Design is The Iconfactory’s most prominent skill that makes them stand out from the rest, and with beautiful games like Frenzic, Ramp Champ follows right in its footsteps. While the design doesn’t exactly have the “WOW” factor in it, it’s definitely one of the better looking games on the App Store.
User Interface: Games and different bowling lanes are easy to access because of the easy to use interface. Buttons on the bottom lead to the prizes and trophy room, and the whole screen will be filled with whatever option you chose. I found the interface to be very well laid out along with welcoming button design and great button response.
Downloadable Content: Ramp Champ features some great DLC and is also one of the first games to offer it. The 2 additional packs double the content of your game for $1.99, which is the initial price of the app. It’s not an overly expensive download content, and the price is just right. I’m very happy to see that The Iconfactory added some downloadable content in the game.
Crashing: The game has sadly crashed on me multiple times now, and it seems to be very random. Other users that have bought this game have also experienced these crashes, and this is probably due to poorly executed beta testing. It’s hard not to notice a game that crashes, and I have a feeling that The Iconfactory didn’t test the game out for very long.
No Online Highscores: Bowling games like this are just not fun without some competition. They tend to get repetitive without some competition involved, and a game like this definitely needs some online highscores. Without them, I just can’t help but feel that the game is incomplete.
Ramp Champ provides an overall solid skeeball experience, but it does have its flaws. Design and user interface is great and all, but the lack of online highscores and the crashing bug are major issues with this game. The game does provide $1.99 worth of fun, but when games like Hero of Sparta are offered for $0.99, it’s hard to judge the rating for this game. The prizes are extensive, the game is classic, but the game still needs some fixes. I can’t see myself playing this for more than a few hours total and no more than 10-15 minutes in one sitting.