App Army Assemble: Rip Them Off – Is this satirical puzzle and tower defense hybrid a good buy? | Articles


Rip Them Off is a minimalistic puzzle sport that additionally incorporates components of tower defence and economic system administration. It duties you with lining the streets with a collection of engaging retailers to draw prospects who will willingly spend all of their onerous-earned money. We determined to ship in our App Army to see how excessive they may climb the company ladder.

Here’s what they stated:

Jim Linford

I feel the sport is extra a puzzle than tower defence as you need to get the precise mixture of retailers. And that appears to be it. Yeah, you’ll be able to improve however the ranges I performed you don’t get sufficient money in time. Also, you are supposed to construct retailers to the rhythm of the purchasers and how they seem within the line. But I don’t see any change. It’s onerous to say as a result of the sport does many issues proper.

But for me. It is lacking that particular one thing to maintain me coming again for yet one more go. I just like the artwork model of the sport and the music. As others have talked about, it doesn’t really feel like tower defence. More like a puzzle sport. So far it hasn’t hooked me. But possibly it’s going to possibly it gained’t. All the concepts are there nevertheless it’s lacking that one thing.

Oksana Ryan

This sport left me completely stumped. Most video games begin with a tutorial and a few simple ranges to ease you into the gameplay. I managed to get previous the tutorial fairly simply nevertheless it went downhill from there. I don’t know if I simply didn’t perceive the mechanics however I stored dropping so typically that I gave up. I’m positive there’s a answer to getting by the degrees however I couldn’t see it. I discovered it irritating as a result of the graphics and tutorial had been good and I believed it had potential. Shame nevertheless it simply didn’t click on for me.

Robert Maines

I discovered Rip Them Off a very irritating sport. On the floor, it’s a tower defence sport however with out the violence. The towers are retailers to lure prospects in to spend cash. The graphics are summary and the sound is okay. The capitalist dystopia portrayed by the in-sport textual content can also be good for a giggle. However, I discovered the tutorial stage to be nearly impenetrable and solely bought previous it by attempting all of the retailers I might afford. The second stage then utterly stumped me to the purpose I needed to throw my cellphone in opposition to the wall.
If you need a excellent instance of a sport that’s model over substance then this sport is that.

Nick Leibbrandt

Rip Them Off is sort of a enjoyable and difficult tower defence/ puzzle model sport the place you need to place your shops to draw customers/dupes to the shops with the intention to earn as a lot cash as potential to beat the extent inside a sure set quantity of days. You begin off with little cash to purchase a few shops and can improve them as you go.

I discovered that the sport was fairly onerous to get used to at first attempting to work out what shops work finest and the place to position them and having to repeat ranges over fairly a variety of instances to complete them which did develop into a little irritating however nonetheless enjoyable fortunately there may be a velocity-up choice to work by the degrees shortly to strive and work out what shops work finest in several areas.

The tutorial offers you a primary thought of play the sport however not a lot else, I beloved the paintings and look of the sport with easy gameplay and the music was fairly good and stress-free to hearken to. Overall I fairly loved this sport discovering it difficult and completely different so in the event you do like tower defence video games and need to strive one thing a little completely different I might advocate giving this one a strive.

Mark Abukoff

I suppose from a bizarre perspective you may name this a tower defence sport. But reasonably than attempting to cease the dupes from getting previous you, you’re attempting to make sufficient cash from them to please your company masters. I just like the visible model and the music, which was very paying homage to the outdated Pink Panther cartoon music. As for the sport itself, I didn’t actually like that instantly after the tutorial, you’re on a stage that (I discovered) took a nice deal of experimenting and re-attempting to get previous.

And so far as I might inform (the tutorial didn’t cowl anyway) you’ll be able to’t change storefronts mid-stage. On the opposite hand, you’ll be able to velocity up the passage of time so there isn’t an excessive amount of ready round to search out out that you just didn’t measure as much as the expectations of the evil company fats cats. If you want video games that take a jab at capitalism and require persistence and administration, you’ll most likely like this. To be trustworthy, I wasn’t offered.

Max Williams

I noticed Rip Them Off described as a tower defence sport, nevertheless it’s extra like a time administration sport I’d say, or possibly a hybrid. You have restricted funds and can place retailers in pre-mounted slots to attempt to extract as a lot cash from the “dupes” as potential. More costly retailers are inclined to extract more cash, however in fact, you must steadiness that in opposition to having a bigger *quantity* of retailers.

You have a sure variety of days to do *one thing* – I’m unsure whether or not it is to achieve a mounted sum of money or to extract 100% of the cash from a given variety of dupes. I’ve performed it fairly a lot, and I’m nonetheless struggling to determine the foundations – there does appear to be fairly a lot of depth to it, with a technique that labored final time typically simply failing to hit the mark.

The complete factor is wrapped up in a satire of capitalism which is sort of darkly humorous in locations. Overall, it is an unique sport that might most likely really feel a bit an excessive amount of like a random failure to a lot of individuals. (Having grown up with 80s videogames, random failure and frustration is sort of the baseline for me so I’m fairly tolerant of it). If you want video games the place you need to make decisions the place to spend your cash in a rushed, time-restricted state of affairs although, it is price testing.

Pierpaolo Morgante

I needed to strive this sport because it got here out, however sadly, it didn’t meet my expectations. From a extra “technical” perspective, RTO is described as a tower defence sport. As others have posted already, it’s extra about time administration than the rest. The objective is to get cash from individuals (the dupes), and even in the event you miss a few of them it’s no huge deal. On the opposite, doing so in a tower defence often means you can not full the degrees with excessive marks. It appears very good and it is extremely humorous, with comparable humour to some video games from the Tomorrow Corporation (Human Resource Machine, for instance). The music can also be wonderful, with a lot of 80s vibes.

My disappointment comes from the foundations of the sport, because it feels extra random than strategic at instances. I preferred the tutorial, however even after that fixing sure ranges nonetheless felt a little random reasonably than strategic. This is the place my largest disappointment with the sport lies. You can replay ranges a limiteless quantity of instances, however even in the event you attempt to match a supply of individuals with its retailers, it won’t work at first for a stage, although it labored completely for the earlier. I tolerate a lot of video games that may really feel irritating for most individuals. RTO feels extra random, nonetheless, and that’s the reason I’m not utterly happy with it.

Rohit Bhatia

Rip Them Off is a sport that’s huge on graphics attraction, it has a minimalistic and sharp artwork model. The tutorial was quick sufficient and I believed supplied sufficient to begin my journey and boy I used to be flawed. The first stage itself took me 5 to 6 tries to get by and the later ranges additionally had new options that they did not train me on the tutorial and it is a tower defence sport…reasonably than stopping troopers by taking pictures them.

You are stopping residents by promoting them issues, you’ll be able to select the varieties of retailers on your movement of shoppers, and the retailers have slots like three and extra and when they’re full of shoppers, nobody can enter the shop till somebody leaves. You also can improve these retailers to slot in extra prospects. I really feel the tutorial might have been higher as there was a lack of clarification. Like the title, you need to Rip them off, it is an OK sport however not a sport for a large viewers.

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If you want to provide Rip Them Off a strive, it is obtainable now over on the App Store and Google Play as a premium title.


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