Backflip Studios

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Backflip Studios Inc.
Type Privately held
Industry Computer and video game industry
Headquarters Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
Key people Julian Farrior (CEO)
Dale Thoms (CTO)
Tom Blind (Lead Game Designer)
Products Games for video game consoles, Android and Apple Inc. App Store
Employees 100
Website Official website

Backflip Studios is a mobile game developer and publisher based in Boulder, Colorado, United States.[1] It was founded by Julian Farrior, Dale Thoms and Tom Blind in April 2009.[2] In August 2009 it was announced that the company had raised US$145,000 in funding to continue to develop for the iPhone OS.[3] They are best known for their free game for iOS Paper Toss, which has been downloaded over 24 million times since released.[4] They are also known widely for Dragonvale, with over 10 million downloads.

iOS apps[edit]

Ragdoll Blaster[edit]

Main article: Ragdoll Blaster

Ragdoll Blaster is a physics game in which players solve puzzles by shooting targets with rag dolls and a cannon.[5]

Paper Toss[edit]

Main article: Paper Toss

Paper Toss is a simulation game in which players toss paper into a metal trash can. There are multiple difficulties and crosswinds for challenging play.[6]

Paper Toss: World Tour[edit]

Paper Toss: World Tour is a simulation game that is the sequel of Paper Toss. Players toss paper into metal trash cans located in various parts of the world.[7]

Harbor Havoc 3D[edit]

Harbor Havoc 3D is a simulation game in which players direct marine traffic to their proper ports.[8]

Ragdoll Blaster 2[edit]

Ragdoll Blaster 2 is a physics game in which players solve puzzles by shooting targets with rag dolls and a cannon. It is the sequel of Ragdoll Blaster.[9]

Strike Knight[edit]

Strike Knight is a simulation game which is based on real life puck bowling arcade games of the 80s and 90s.[10]

Graffiti Ball[edit]

Graffiti Ball is a physics game which is based around a graffiti theme. You have to draw lines on a wall to get a bouncing ball to each level's exit point as quickly as possible.[11]

Tunnel Shoot[edit]

Tunnel Shoot is a shooter developed by Backflip Studios and Team Phobic. In Tunnel Shoot, you pilot a ship down an endless, colorful, vector-drawn tunnel filled with obstacles and enemies.[12]


NinJump iOS icon.

NinJump is an action game. The player, as a ninja, climbing up the walls on the sides of the screen while dodging protruding objects and attacking things in the air.[13]

Army of Darkness: Defense[edit]

Army of Darkness: Defense is a casual castle defense game based on the MGM classic movie, in which you play Ash, a time-traveling, evil-fighting, S-Mart sales clerk as you defend Lord Arthur's castle and the Necronomicon from the oncoming hordes of evil undead.


Dragonvale is a breeding simulation application in which players design a park and display dragons in habitats in order to earn dragoncash. Dragons earn dragoncash while staying in their habitat. Different dragons earn at different rates depending upon their type and rarity. Dragoncash can be used to upgrade a park with new islands, habitats, and decorations. Currently the game has a max park level of 60; and there is a total dragon count of 192, decoration count of 114, and main island count of 11.

There are ten basic elements: plant, earth, fire, cold, lightning, water, air, metal, light, and dark. Basic elemental dragons can produce a specific set of hybrid dragons by being paired in the breeding cave or breeding island. There are a number of limited or rare dragons that are only available during a specific period of time. These dragons are themed toward specific holidays, seasons, anomaly's, and events. For example, the Ghost dragon is available for Halloween and the Reindeer dragon is available for the winter holidays. There are also limited epic dragons like the Leap Year Dragon that is theoretically only available every 4 years. Limited dragons are often released alongside a limited park decoration. Limited dragons include the gemstone dragons, which correspond to the monthly birthstones. Gemstone dragons earn gems rather than dragoncash. Backflip Studios has held several "bring them back" events to give players a chance to breed a limited dragon they may have missed the first time around.

Gems are a vital part of Dragonvale. Without them certain goals take longer to achieve. Gems can be acquired through trading them with friends, winning them in the colosseum and race track, or purchasing them directly. There are also a small number of Epic dragons, including Sun, Moon, Rainbow, Treasure, Olympus, Gemstone, Dream, and Seasonal. In addition, there is one legendary dragon, KAIROS, which has the ability to fast-forward time by six hours.

Players raise dragons to adulthood by feeding them treats. Though breeding is the most common way to earn non-basic dragons, they can also be bought from the market for gems. Players can buy new islands to make space for more habitats. All dragons have a different dragoncash earn rate. For example, a gift dragon at level 10 can only earn 77 dragoncash per minute, while a rainbow can earn 400 per minute at level 10. A level ten moon dragon can earn 256 coins per minute.

To have dragons earn more cash, players may feed them treats grown from treat farms, won from the race track, or earned from the completion of quests.

The racetrack is a mini-game where players can "gamble" with their dragons in a race. Each race lasts under one minute. Though timing plays a part, selecting a dragon whose elements match the current racetrack is required to win consistently.


Buganoids is an action arcade game where you play as a little astronaut and shoot bugs on each planet.

NinJump Deluxe[edit]

NinJump Deluxe is an action game and the sequel of NinJump. The player, as a ninja, climbing up walls on the sides of the screen while dodging protruding objects and attacking things in the air. This version has three new levels.

Backflip Slots[edit]

Backflip Slots is a casino slot machine game in which you win cash, prizes and use bonus buddies. It also has the appearances of characters from other Backflip Studios games.

Mahjongg Dimensions[edit]

Mahjongg Dimensions is a puzzle game in which you have to match images and clear the blocks as quickly as possible.

Shape Shift[edit]

Shape Shift is a simulation puzzle game in which you swap shapes with the same colors in unlimited levels.

Solitaire by Backflip[edit]

Solitaire by Backflip is a solitaire simulation game in which you can play Vegas style, or traditional one and three card draw Solitaire. It's complete with different card themes, like Ragdoll Blaster, and a prizes display case.

Ragdoll Blaster 3[edit]

Ragdoll Blaster 3 is a physics game in which players solve puzzles by shooting targets with rag dolls and a cannon. It's the third installment of the Ragdoll Blaster franchise.


Gizmonauts is similar to Dragonvale, in that the player breeds, feeds and battles with bots instead of dragons.[14]


Ferno is a simulation game where you move your piece around a dark space-like board and collect orange flaming bolts to grow your piece, and your score. With 10 waves of fiery madness, you can grow your way to the top spot in the leaderboards.

Dragonvale Wings[edit]

Dragonvale Wings is a flight simulation game, similar to the hit "Flappy Bird", where you play a young fire dragon from Dragonvale. Navigate your way through the floating islands, collecting coins and gems for more points.

Ninjump Smash[edit]

Ninjump Smash is an arcade style game where you play as the famous Ninjump ninja, breaking through walls to reach the highest score.

Android apps[edit]

Paper Toss[edit]

Main article: Paper Toss

Paper Toss for Android is a port of the original iOS game to the Android Operating System.[15]


Ninjump for Android is a port of the original iOS game to the Android.

Strike Knight[edit]

Strike Knight is the newest edition in Back Flip's Android collection.[16]


Dragonvale is a port of the original iOS game to the Android.


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