Says ESPN’s Chris Berman when announcing a football game. He’ll probably be doing that when playing Backbreaker Football or looking over your shoulder with an enchanted look in his face. Backbreaker Football provides such an immersive experience through its fluid animations that you’ll be wincing after a crushing blow from the opposing team. While it’s not a full football game, the mini-game aspect is more than I can ever ask for.
Graphics: The visuals are absolutely outstanding. I actually had a friend look over my shoulder while playing I was playing the game, and he mentioned how good the graphics on iPhone were. While most games don’t look quite like Backbreaker does, it’s still definitely one of those games that shows off what the iPhone can do. Even the 1st generation iPhone that was released years ago (and the one I’m unfortunately still using).
Controls: The accelerometer controls and the spin/juke buttons worked extremely well when playing this game, and I had absolutely no problems. While the screen did get a little shaky when playing in the car, controlling the character himself was very stable. There’s really nothing more I can ask for in terms of controls and movement, and the tilt controls were near if not on par with perfect.
Animations: When they boast of having the best animations on the iPhone, they aren’t lying. The tackling motions and the crushing sound effects add so much to the gaming atmosphere, and a crushing tackle will have you ooohh-ing and ahhh-ing. You’ll wince when you get hit hard by an incoming tackler, and your spin moves and juke moves are very fluid.
A Little Easy: I found Backbreaker Football to be a tad bit easy, passing the entire endurance mode with little or no lives lost. It’s basically spin right, spin left, then touchdown. Of course, the game itself is very fun to play, but I did find it to be a little easy. The challenges were also not very hard to pass, and it took me within one try to pass the challenges.
Backbreaker Football is a very immersive football experience that’s not a full game, but a very good mini-game. The $0.99 price tag is absolutely perfect for a game of this type, and it seems to work quite nicely right alongside the other simple $0.99 games. I really enjoyed Backbreaker Football, and while it was a little bit easy, it’s definitely a game that will keep you entertained for hours.