App Store Favourite ‘Ramp Champ’ Gets Acquired

App Store Favourite ‘Ramp Champ’ Gets Acquired


Remember Ramp Champ?

Originally launched on August 25, 2009 – The Iconfactory’s Ramp Champ was (and still is) a highly-addictive and entertaining iOS title suitable for all. Now a relic of the modern-day fight for App Store popularity, the game originally arrived as a welcome mix of two age-old arcade concepts – Skee-ball and Pinball – and (for a while) dominated the iTunes Top 10.

A new twist on the classic boardwalk games skee-ball and pinball, Ramp Champ will delight and challenge players young and old. Four levels, or “ramps,” are included by default: Clown Town, Breakwater Bay, Icon Garden & Space Swarm. Flick your finger to roll balls down each of the themed ramps to earn virtual tickets which can be redeemed for prizes and digital loot. Ramp Champ is great for players wanting to play for 5 minutes collecting tickets or several hours working to solve the unique puzzles hidden inside each level. When you’ve completed the default ramps, more adventures await you via Ramp Champ’s in-app purchase option. Each add-on pack offers new challenges, original music and collectible knickknacks.

Featuring stunning visuals courtesy of the talented design team over at The Iconfactory, Ramp Champ‘s simple mechanic of tossing a virtual ball to hit as many virtual targets as possible, caught on fast amongst the iOS crowd.

However, now admittedly past its heyday, Ramp Champ has somewhat fell behind in its ability to keep up with device requirements and the publishing of new content to entice new players to give the game a try.

That, though, may be about to change – as The Iconfactory this week announced that the game’s worldwide IP rights have been acquired by mobile developer – DS MediaLabs.

Taking to the company blog to announce the move, MediaLabs’ Shane Wooten, hinted that the firm is not only looking to take full control over directing the title and its future success on the App Store, but in the process is also hoping to provide additional user content – something which the title has lacked for some time.

[...] We are in the process of updating all the graphics to full retina screens and adding some smokin’ hot ramps! The fans asked for it and we listened. Please excuse the dust, while we update this instant classic!

Ramp Champ is a FREE download from the iTunes App Store.

/ TUAW