Ramp Champ Review: I Want That Teddy Bear

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.

Likes

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.

Dislikes

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.

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Ramp Champ was developed by The Iconfactory and DS Media Labs, and I played through version 1.0 on my 1st generation iPhone.  The price is $1.99 along with two content packs that are $0.99 each.

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About Daniel

I have been an iPhone game addict ever since the NES emulator came out on the 1.1.4 iPhone 2G. After 2.0 and the App Store came out, my iPhone homescreen has never been the same. Other than writing reviews for App Store games, I play soccer/football, American football, volleyball, and golf. I love going to the beach and fishing on the pier. Some games not available on iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly love are the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero III, Madden NFL 09, and PGR: Gotham Racing.

One thought on “Ramp Champ Review: I Want That Teddy Bear

  1. Daniel,

    Thanks for the review of Ramp Champ. I wanted to let you know that we did in fact test the game extensively over a period of a month and a half, but these crashing bugs just didn’t manifest themselves. This is the difference between having 50 testers and 5,000 which the iPhone dev environment limits you to.

    We’ve located the source of the crashing and have fixed it in the soon to be released 1.0.1 update that we’ll be submitting to the App Store shortly. Once that makes its way to the public, the crashing should go away.

    I feel I have to address your desire for “online scoring” as well. Such online score boards wouldn’t work well for Ramp Champ since each lane has a finite score. Since there are only 9 balls per game, very soon the majority of players would all have the same high score. What is the fun in that? Ramp Champ is different from flight control or other games where you can keep amassing points if you don’t “die”.

    It is our and DS Media’s plan to bring online elements to Ramp Champ in a future release, but they’ll take a different form from what you are envisioning. Stay tuned, I think you’ll be pleased.

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