Review Ragdoll Run
Running on three-dimensional paths
Author: Evgenii Kostrov
Date: 19 Aug 2013, tested on Nokia Lumia 920
Ragdoll Run is a very original arcade game for Windows Phone. The game resembles third-person runners but firstly, it has three-dimensional graphics thanks to which the gameplay turned out to be quite original, and secondly, its view is implemented on the diagonal (from the right side and rear).
The main character of the game is presented in the form of a rag doll resembling cartoon characters of Nine (9). He is not the only one, but in order to make another character run on the obstacle course, you will have to fork game currency which appears as a result of collecting coins and colored gemstones. For the same money you can change the appearance of locations which are infinite as the space, a desert, green tropics, or the underwater world.
Gameplay features and controllingThe path on which the main character is running, floats in space and is able to rotate along the longitudinal axis but only in a clockwise direction. This point is very important because it's the rotation of the path exactly that prevents the main character from crashing into obstacles. Of course, on the way our runner will as well meet classic precipices and moving traps in the form of flying spikes, but the main danger is the walls and the pillars of two or more blocks in height, because he cannot leap them over.
Controlling in the game is carried out in two ways, gesture plus click, or gesture plus gesture. By default, the first type of controlling is activated. With a click on the screen jumps occur, and with a gesture (it does not matter which way) the track turns on which the main character is running. When choosing a gesture control you should take into account that the finger-up slide makes the main character jump while the finger-down slide turns the path. We have decided to describe the controlling in detail for a good reason, as there are moments in the game owing to which you may get lost, and the main character will die.
Powerups and nuances relatedThe thing is about false bonuses that you may pick up by accident. The one that accelerates the gameplay is not as dangerous as the one that inverts the controlling. Yeah, imagine, you find one of the bonuses and then instead of turning the path, make the main character jump, or vice versa, instead jumping you turn the track.
ResumeIt is rather difficult to save the life of the rag doll in such circumstances, and you have to be very careful. The game boasts three difficulty levels that vary the speed of events and the number of obstacles. You can try your hand at any of them, but we would recommend to start with the most simple level.