Version Reviewed: 1.01
App Reviewed on: iPad 3
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The idea of a gentleman's game of Ricochet is to aim and fire a token with just the right amount of force that it reaches the next zone while collecting bonus stars along the way. The gameplay mechanics are simple, but that's what makes Gentleman...Ricochet! so playable. The only difference being that players are also responsible for catching the token as it comes into contact with each magnetic plate. It feels unnatural to begin with, since most games that rely on ricochet and trajectory physics are very much a release-and-hope-for-the-best affair. It definitely tests reflexes, reaction times, and the ability to predict angles. It also gives players more control over gameplay, especially since they can position the token anywhere they want within the current zone.
Presentation is second to none, the slick menus and lounge jazz music all worthy of a true gent. The polished visuals are appreciated in a game with such a simple premise, adding a layer of class to proceedings. The humor and charm of Gentleman...Ricochet! is undeniable, from the monocled misters to the well-dressed raptors and their witty injections interspersed throughout the game.
With 60 wacky tokens and 72 levels to unlock, there is a generous amount of content available and no in-app purchases in sight. It all depends whether players will be engrossed in Gentleman.. Ricochet! enough to want to unlock them all. It's a great way to pass a few minutes but long sessions start to wear thin pretty quickly, especially after a few failed attempts ending with tokens drifting helplessly in open space. While each venue in the game has its own quirks and additions, there's nothing ground-breaking enough to prevent the onset of deja vu over this tried-and-tested iOS genre.
Still, in short bursts it's great, especially when the zany townsfolk pop up to give advice or a dish out a few insults. In all honestly, casual gaming was probably the intention anyway since true gents are far too busy for such tomfoolery, aren't we? Quite.