281895_5NaturalMotion's Backbreaker Football [App Store] is part physics engine tech demo and part arcade sports game combined together to create a tilt-controlled pick up and play experience that is extremely enjoyable despite being so simple.

The gameplay of Backbreaker is structured in to a series of challenges where you run down a football field juking, spinning, and sprinting past defenders attempting to tackle you. You run by tilting your device forward, and the direction you run is controlled by tilting left or right similar to how you would control a racing game.

The different levels start simple, initially only asking you to evade a few defenders on a wide open field. Backbreaker quickly adds a twist with the inclusion of red lines on the field that you must run between without getting tackled. Step across one of these lines and you have to start the whole level over.

In our review we even drew comparisons to the legendary and beloved Doodle Jump. Some of the complaints lodged against the original on our forums regarded the difficulty level and the amount of challenges in the game. NaturalMotion responded by releasing the 1.1 update which features a new challenge mode with 10 additional waves of defenders as well as both pro and hardcore difficulty modes. (And even an unlockable Backbreaker helmet.)

I had a great time with the original, and the update only serves to improve the game even more. Unlocking the higher difficulty levels involves playing through the normal difficulty, so if you have deleted the game from your phone since its release you will need to make your way past the standard set of challenges again to ramp up the difficulty.

App Store Link: Backbreaker Football, 99¢

  • Mystic

    This would be a great game if it actually used the euphoria engine like the console version will. However, the iPhone version uses canned animations and gets old very quickly. I was disappointed.

    • SalsaMD

      perhaps it wouldn't be $0.99 if it did...

  • Mystic

    This would be a great game if it actually used the euphoria engine like the console version will. However, the iPhone version uses canned animations and gets old very quickly. I was disappointed.

    • SalsaMD

      perhaps it wouldn't be $0.99 if it did...

  • Eric

    Agree with Mystic, I would have purchased this if it actually was what I thought it was going to be - a physics driven game with dynamic interactions. I mean, that's kind of the whole point of what they do, so it's weird that their game doesn't provide the same.

    But it doesn't. Just a cursory look at the videos for the game shows that there are a few canned animations for tackles, and that's it. While it might still be a fairly engaging reflex game, it means the only thing about it that had the potential to really be unique, isn't.

    • rich_952000

      I get whereyou are coming from, however as salsamd mentioned; it is only a $1 game. I do think it's a bit light on content in it's 1.0 release from what I expected so i'm updating now to see how it is improved. Ultimately though, I was happy with my purchase and this update just serves to build my consumer loyalty to NaturalMotion. I hope Backbreaker Football has served as a "Feeling out" project for them and is just the begining of game to come from them.

  • Eric

    Agree with Mystic, I would have purchased this if it actually was what I thought it was going to be - a physics driven game with dynamic interactions. I mean, that's kind of the whole point of what they do, so it's weird that their game doesn't provide the same.

    But it doesn't. Just a cursory look at the videos for the game shows that there are a few canned animations for tackles, and that's it. While it might still be a fairly engaging reflex game, it means the only thing about it that had the potential to really be unique, isn't.

    • rich_952000

      I get whereyou are coming from, however as salsamd mentioned; it is only a $1 game. I do think it's a bit light on content in it's 1.0 release from what I expected so i'm updating now to see how it is improved. Ultimately though, I was happy with my purchase and this update just serves to build my consumer loyalty to NaturalMotion. I hope Backbreaker Football has served as a "Feeling out" project for them and is just the begining of game to come from them.

  • SMEG_n00b

    To Eric & Mystic; it's an iPhone not a pc/console, if you knew the first thing about game tech then you would realise euphoria's not going to run on it. As for not being worth 59p, well you probally pirated anyway didnt you.

  • SMEG_n00b

    To Eric & Mystic; it's an iPhone not a pc/console, if you knew the first thing about game tech then you would realise euphoria's not going to run on it. As for not being worth 59p, well you probally pirated anyway didnt you.

  • Oliath

    +1 to smegs comment.

    I am not fully sure these are all canned. Sometimes I see similar takeouts but other times not at all and they are totally dependent on what angle or speed I am going at.

    That said it's already far more engaging that Stair Dismount.

    I personally think this app is great fun and very well priced and should be getting much more love than it currently is!

  • Oliath

    +1 to smegs comment.

    I am not fully sure these are all canned. Sometimes I see similar takeouts but other times not at all and they are totally dependent on what angle or speed I am going at.

    That said it's already far more engaging that Stair Dismount.

    I personally think this app is great fun and very well priced and should be getting much more love than it currently is!