Developer: Chillingo
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★☆☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★☆☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★½☆☆

Imagine a fighting game where you have no moves, and your offense consists of propelling yourself at the enemy. Ragdoll Legends is that game. While it does have some personality, the overly simplistic gameplay and limited game modes make for an app that is little more than a novelty.

IMG_0053The core gameplay of Ragdoll Legends is based around one-on-one fights to the death between kung-fu themed ragdolls. You control your character by flinging it with your finger. As your character flies across the screen, its limbs flop around accordingly. The goal is to try to hit the enemy character with your wildly swinging limbs, while hopefully avoiding blows yourself to the body and especially to your head. There is very little precision, so there is a good deal of luck involved when exchanging unpredictable blows. The computer character flows a bit more effortlessly than you, and often takes up a whirling dervish strategy. Fights are not timed, so things can get a bit drawn out if you look to bury your head and wait for good opportunities to launch a strike. A full-frontal assault is usually accompanied by a quick death.

Ragdoll Legends gives you the choice of a basic hand-to-hand fight or tournament, as well as an armed fight or tournament. The armed fight is basically the same as hand-to-hand, except the characters hold a preset weapon for the duration of the fight. There are initially 8 characters to choose from, with 4 more to be unlocked by repeatedly completing the tournaments. There are no story elements to the tournament, so you just jump from fight to fight against all 12 characters, and then ultimately a final boss. This definitely feels too long, as there isn’t much variety amongst the characters other than their appearance. The tournament quickly gets boring because of the lackluster gameplay and the large number of adversaries required to complete it. The matches themselves alternate between 3 possible backgrounds, which boast minor geographic differences.

IMG_0067What you are left with is a pretty bare-bones experience from soup to nuts. Every character plays exactly the same, and has no individual move-set. There is no story attached to any of the modes or characters, and you will not find any power-ups, challenges, collectables, or customization features. There is also no multi-player. Ragdoll Legends is pretty much a one-trick pony with very little variety, and it relies on the ragdoll theme as its only true selling point. It’s pleasant to look at and amusing for a quick toss, but has no depth beyond that.

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