Tong Zhang
(Senior Editor)
07/11/10 04:55 PM
iPhone Game Review: Physics Gamebox

iPhone Game Review: Physics Gamebox
Reviewed by Spaztrigger

Physics Gamebox is an enjoyable physics game featuring 300 levels and two of the most popular games from Bubblebox.com which happen to be Roly-Poly Cannon and original Ragdoll Blaster, best of all you get to enjoy this right on your iPhone.

Gameplay

Gameplay in Physic Gamebox is topical physics game set up: you can use a cannon to shoot little cannonballs to kill evil characters while keeping good character unharmed. Of course there will be some inconvenient places where the evil ones hiding from your dangerous cannonballs while the good ones stand right in the crosshair. You must use your wit and imagination to map out angles, speeds and with some luck, you will complete your missions.



In Physic Gamebox you don't have 2 game modes instead you have 2 games! One is Roly Poly cannon and the other is called the original ragdoll blaster. In Roly Poly Cannon you must kill the evil Roly Poly using the cannon given to you. In order to finish a level you must annihilate all the evil Roly Polys, but you can?t touch any good Roly Poly. As the levels progress the Roly Polys are harder to kill, and if you happen to kill just one good Roly Poly it?s game over. You will see many tricks in physics game genre like angle blocking, side wall and ceiling bouncing, plank on balls or triangle pieces, etc., all the tricks in the trade are here. The cannon has very good power, and makes the game feel like full of energy. Explosions from cannonballs also add some dramatic effects and overall enjoyment of the gameplay.

In a single-colored world of Ragdoll Cannon game, there are no explosions, only a ragdoll and it?s target marked ?here?. Your goal is to shoot the ragdoll to where ?here? is marked. If the target gets by falling in a pit or getting destroyed by a bomb then it's game over. You have to reset the level and start over. Without the flashy explosions found in Roly Poly Cannon, Ragdoll Cannon feels more like a physics purest game. The level set up is very different from cannonball shooting levels also. You really feel like you are playing a different game, the one that needs more calculation on your part. As you beat more levels hitting the target gets a lot more challenging, especially when you try to reach the ultimate goal: hitting the target with just one ragdoll.



The game keeps scores on both game modes for each level. After you complete all 300 levels, you can come back and try to beat your previous record. The game has a global score board via OpenFeint.

Graphics

Roly Poly Cannon has very polished graphics and animations. The background shows different time of a day and looks great yet not distracting. Level pieces look sharp, cannonball and roly poly movements are smooth. The graphics are not only functional but also very enjoyable. Even though the Ragdoll Cannon has to be in a single color, the drawings are actually quite impressive. Animations are very sharp and smooth.

Touch controls in Physics Gamebox is easy to use. You don?t need to aim then fire, instead you just tap where you want your cannonballs and ragdolls to go, and the cannon will shoot automatically. The aiming and speed AI feels right on target.



Sound

Perhaps even better than the visual, Physics Gamebox has outstanding music in both games. The BGM loops perfectly to match the gameplay, and it never feel repetitive. Sound FX is also nice, though not a huge collection, all the pieces are well placed and used appropriately. If you prefer your own music, Physics Gamebox offers an option to play your own iPod music.

Conclusion

This is a shining example of what a rag doll game and a cannon physics game should be like. It has nice graphics, good soundtrack, tons of gameplay, and not to mention simple controls. And remember you are really getting 2 games with a total of 300 levels, and it?s currently selling at an introductory price. So it?s definitely a good buy if you are a fan of physics genre games.



Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):

Graphics: - 4.5 - Sharp and polished graphics, ragdoll graphics look like every other ragdoll game though.
Sound: - 5 - Well composed music, option to play your own iPod music.
Controls: - 5 - Super easy to use, no learning curve or glitches.
Gameplay: - 5 - 300 levels, 2 games and a ton of replay value.

Playing Hints and Tips:

- Don?t forget to use the ceiling and the wall.

- It pays to replay levels.

App Facts:
Developer: FDG Entertainment
Release Date: July 1, 2010
Price: $0.99
Buy App:Physics Gamebox



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