Games for the weekend: Paper Toss 2.0

Games for the Weekend is a weekly feature aimed at helping you avoid doing something constructive with your downtime. Each Friday we’ll be recommending a game for Mac, iPhone or iPad that we think is awesome enough to keep you busy until Monday, at least.

Paper Toss 2.0With the holiday season in full force, finding some “me” time on the weekend may not be possible. That’s why this week’s pick is a game you can share with friends you may be doing last-minute shopping with. And if bragging rights for a mindless, schoolyard sort of challenge is what you’re looking for, then Paper Toss 2.0 fits the bill.

Paper Toss 2.0 1Unlike previous versions of this game, this latest universal rendition is ad-supported, and is available for free in the App Store. Through a $0.99 in-app purchase, you can turn off the ads. The goal is to toss a crumpled piece of paper into a trash can to earn points. It sounds easy enough, until you realize there’s a fan between you and the trashcan interfering with your paper’s trajectory. With Paper Toss 2.0, they kept the game physics that worked so well in the original, and greatly improved the graphics. Backflip Studios is no stranger to making great-looking games. They’ve also developed Army of Darkness Defense and the equally addictive Ninja Jump series.

Paper Toss 2.0 2To score points, you swipe your finger toward the trash can taking the wind speed of the fan into consideration and hope your paper lands in the bucket.  The harder the fan is blowing, the further to the right or left you need to throw the paper ball. Successful baskets earn points that can be used to purchase power ups or different forms of ‘ammunition,’ including tomatoes, watermelon, bouncing balls and even grenades.

The further away you are, the more difficult it is to make it in, and consequently, the more points you earn if you do.  If you find you’re not earning points fast enough, you can always buy additional paper points via in-app purchase.  As an interesting twist, there is an Intern mode where the trash can sits on the lap of the office intern as he rolls his chair back and forth across the screen.

Paper Toss 2.0 3If you’re looking for a change of scenery, Backflip Studios has also released Paper Toss Would Tour. In this version, you’re no longer in an office, and the wind comes from nature itself as you travel to various destinations around the world.  As addictive as these game are, they’re also very easy to pick up and put down, and as a result can create instant rivalries amongst friends whenever they happen to be convenient.