Ragdoll Cannon 2


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MDenmden_ragdollcannon2_screen1.jpgRagdoll Cannon 2 is, rather logically, the sequel to Ragdoll Cannon (as teased by the release of Ragdoll Cannon 1.5). That's some no-nonsense naming, there. What designer Johnny_K might lack in titling, however, he more than compensates for in gameplay.

The core concept is familiar to fans of the prior offerings: using high-powered artillery, fire a hapless stickman across an obstacle-ridden course and strike a small target. It's like a three-ring circus combined with an archery range.

This time around, the "HERE!" block has been replaced by a much clearer bullseye target, and the cannon has been given a visual upgrade; in fact, everything's a bit more shiny. Johnny_K has abandoned his prior blueprint style in favor of three different themes: matchsticks, pastels, and skeletons. Each theme takes hold for twenty levels before yielding to the next, and converging together for the final ten.

For those of you who could never work out that it's pi r squared, not pie are delicious, that's seventy levels available to you in this go-around. You'll start off with simple shots, but things'll quickly ramp up, and you'll find yourself trying to work out complicated trajectories in your head.

Adding to the complications are specialized blocks. Now, there's no term given in-game for these blocks, so I shall coin one: "burn bricks." Ooh, or "murder mortars." OH! No, wait, "stick snapping stones!" I like that; very descriptive.

mden_ragdollcannon2_screen2.jpgThese stick snapping stones are marked with an X (crossed matchsticks, a skull and bones, or crossed bones). If your stickman touches one of these, the part that connected with the brick gets "burned" and falls off the main stickman. Only live stickman parts can touch the target to advance, so these blocks will be your enemy at times (although, interestingly, a puzzle will occasionally rely upon using these blocks effectively).

"That's all well and good," I hear you saying, "but all this is going over my head! All I know about physics is that Coldplay invented the speed of sound!" Well, you strugglers of the sciences, take heart: the game is somewhat forgiving. The golf-style scoring encourages conservation, but allows as many shots as you need to succeed. A reset button allows you to start each level over without penalty to your score. By the tenth level, you'll have snagged the general idea (or gone crazy trying).

Analysis: If you liked the first game, you'll love this. Well, love's a strong word. Let's not charge into this. How about we go on a few more dates with Ragdoll Cannon 2 and see how it goes, yeah?

Look, the extra levels are more than welcome, but some of them are excruciatingly difficult. A small yet non-zero handful of levels tend to devolve into pixel hunting. If you like pixel hunting, you're set (and also a little strange), but for the rest of us, it's a bit frustrating. These levels are few and far between, thankfully.

And if you loved the original blueprint style like I did... well, the new graphics are disappointing. The graph paper of the original reminded me of my AP Calculus days, doodling in the margins while waiting for the next differential. The new style makes it more in line with your standard casual game's scheme: colorful, but not very distinctive. The new themes aren't bad, but they're just not as good. (Although the mish-mash of visual styles in the last ten levels? Bleh.)

If you can get past the occasional level and the disappointing graphics, you've got a lot of good stuff here. This game will test your mind and your skill. With cannons. And let's face it, that's awesome.

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36 Comments

Am I missing something on Level 17? Where is the target?

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Found it.

Level 17:

Shoot the upper left corner of the screen.

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how do you finish level 21 ?

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Yeah, I came here for help on level 21.
I just now got it.

shoot the left edge of the platform as it comes towards you. The man should ricochet off it with some spin and fly into the boxed in area. That worked for me

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any hints for level 46?
(key:

yah

)
seriously no idea

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I know this is pathetic, but any help on lvl 8?

Not sure whether to get them through the boxes or what...

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nvm, got it ;)

peter -

maybe hit the doll when it bounces off bushes?

also found lvl 53 code by accident - night

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@bookworm
got it (lv 46):

more bounce than i thought in those dolls! I aimed at the topmost block on the right, with the crosshairs about 6pixels ne of the nw corner of the block.

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Need help on level 35:

I've tried every combination of getting whole and partial ragdolls onto the lever before the ball lands but nothing seems bounce enough to count

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Done!
a few more late level keys i remember:

hahahaha
ending
the
this
dwar
zzzz

70 levels total

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There is a problem with the scoring if you quit and return to where you left off. It added 700 the first time I went back. Then it added about 200 and 100 respectively when I quit and returned two more times to see what would happen. Each time I returned I played a few more levels to see if it was a level glitch but it doesn't appear to be. I'm up to level 51 btw.

That aside, I like the original and I like this version too. The periodic change of scenery is a nice touch, and the new blocks and ragdoll interaction adds a new twist to gameplay.

Thumbs Up!

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Level 58 is gonna kill me! Ideas?

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Got 58 it finally!

low velocity, let them pile up until they knock the rock to the right, then keep piling until one lands in the gap and use more to push him to the target

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linderella August 18, 2008 11:51 PM

Help on 25?

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last level password

ended

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lvl 21:

I shot 3 dolls in rapid succession against the vertical wall that hangs from the top of the field. Two of the dolls pushed the other one towards the goal.

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:o I didn't post that twice! I pressed the update button, and it reposted...

Anyways, can anyone help with 67? I've almost finished the whole game in one sitting...

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Wow...got 67 by luck of course.

Big tip for 70:

Wait. Then weight.

I don't think the high score list is pretty valid. The top score is 2.

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He obviously subscribes to the "because I say so" school of sequel numbering. Otherwise known as "the resident evil method".

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stevychees August 19, 2008 7:26 AM

i cant do level 31 at all, can someone help me pls

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M. Den, nice review! Thanks :-)

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any help with lvl 16?

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Um... I need some help on 18... I'm kinda having a moment where I feel like I'm missing something VERY obvious...

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Nevermind, I was missing something VERY obvious!

Shoot the ragdoll at the bottom red matches before the targets fall.

8-P

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Cassie! :D August 19, 2008 1:39 PM

I think the first one is better /=

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Haha, "stick snapping stones". Try saying that 10 times fast!

Fun, and I like the ragdoll parts flying around. Pretty much all of the levels can be can be done in one shot, but to do that, you need alot of luck, and a bit of patience. This trial-and-error part isn't exactly fun, so while the concept is great, Ragdoll Cannon (v1.5 and v2) hasn't exactly reached it's full potential. You need more time and luck to win this game, rather than skill and cunning.

I'll give it 4 stars, just because 3 doesn't seem quite right.

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Yo! level 69!
key -->

full

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Ugh, I feel so stupid. Any help on 8?

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Level Codes:

Levels 1-10:

1.adam

2.era

3.power

4.gas

5.agata

6.kristi

7.batman

8.shift

9.gemcraft

10.beeline

Levels 11-20:

11.yandex

12.wow

13.sprite

14.walle

15.ragdoll

16.russia

17.pivo

18.spok

19.kirk

20.ilove

Levels 21-30

21.jolie

22.mdhaus

23.skully

24.zzxx

25.sinch

26.portal

27.nice

28.game

29.message

30.for

Levels 31-40:

31.you

32.hahaha

33.hahahaha

34.ubik

35.bounty

36.clones

37.blizz

38.craft

39.bubble

40.box

Levels 41-50:

41.zzzzzz

42.rc2

43.grow

44.iddq

45.repa

46.yah

47.dharma

48.wetwet

49.acreed

50.callduty

Levels 51-60:

51.alflive

52.ikrasoft

53.night

54.timemach

55.rome

56.desperad

57.oper

58.goblin

59.votka

60.pacm

Levels 61-70:

61.dwar

62.cube

63.scream

64.visto

65.limbo

66.riple

67.and

68.this

69.full

70.endend

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Level 8

shoot so that part of the stickman touches the stick snapping stones, and the other part falls into the goal in the middle.

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If you want help and want to walkthrough all levels in score 86 - you can find the solution on youtube. It's named Ragdoll Cannon 2 walkthrough

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Any hints for level 20? I got all the way up to 50 but accidentally started a new game and saved, so I have to do it all over again. I just can't remember what I did for 20.

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I need help with 58... can some one make a video and post it on you tube or make a link?

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The last level key is endend.

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i need help getting through level 17. where is the target?

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how do you beat level 22?

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