Backbreaker 2 Vengeance [rating: 4/5]
Backbreaker 2 has just smashed it’s way into the App Store, with bigger hits, improved graphics and a new game mode everything points to another great way to imagine yourself playing in the NFL, but is it a big enough improvement over the original to demand its purchase?
The graphics have certainly been improved which is quite a stretch considering the great looks of the original game but on the retina display of the iPhone 4 there is additional polish and glitz that make the stadiums and players pop off the screen.
If you’ve played the original you should be able to pick up and play the game right away. You can customize your player to be like you and then get onto the field and start to chase the dream of scoring a touch down. Controls are a combination of the accelerometer to control your speed and six virtual buttons in the bottom left and right corners of the screen to control your players moves.
The game has been broken into two modes, the classic Tackle Alley and the new mode Vengeance where the tables are turned and you become the hunter as you attempt to stop the opposing player reaching the end zone. While the game play in Tackle Alley remains the same, play though 10 levels of increasing difficulty by defeating a range of challenges but three new moves have been added.
In addition to the Juke and Spin you can now jump your tacklers by clicking anywhere on the screen. There are also obstacles place around the field that you will need to jump over too or it will be game over. Then there is Trucking, a new term to me, but it will let you get through high tackles by putting your head down and running through them. Again there are also Trucking obstacles for you to contend with, there is definitely a lot more happening in Backbreaker 2 compared to the original.
Finally there is the super showboat that you can engage after initiating the original show boat. It’s more flashy and will earn you more points but it will slow you down allowing the defenders to potentially catch you up and stop your run.
After playing a few of the 10 challenges the new mode named Vengeance will become available for you to play. The game is played on the same field with all the same actions other than the showboat button becomes a tackle but allowing you to hunt down the ball carrier and take them down.
While this is fun and adds an additional challenge to the overall game it’s no substitute for the fun and bone crunching of the original and it seems to have made way for the Endurance mode which has been dropped from Backbreaker 2.
At just 99 cents you can’t really go wrong with Backbreaker 2, however, it feels like these editions could have been part of an update to the original Backbreaker or the additional mode could have been an in-app purchase.
- Sparkling graphics
- New moves
- New game mode
- Not a huge step up from the original
- Over quickly
$0.99 (View in iTunes)
Updated: Dec 08, 2010
Current Version: 1.1
Seller: NaturalMotion Games Limited
© NaturalMotion Games Limited
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later