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Backbreaker Football: Tackle Alley iPhone Review

Backbreaker Football TiG Rapid Review




Arcade Thriller Will Turn Your iPhone into a Battlefield

Just like a good wreck in car racing or spontaneous fight in hockey, everyone loves watching a bone-crushing tackle in football. Backbreaker Football: Tackle Alley may not be a full-featured American football game, but does perhaps capture the essence of what is most fun in video football games better than any other.

Each wave and level progression gets more difficult with more defenders and/or changing boundaries for added challenge and fun. In "Endurance" mode, you merely have to survive 50 continuous waves by avoiding bone-crushing tackles. Hearing your player's hearbeat and heavy breathing while surrounded in a truly immersive 3D stadium adds a great deal of intensity that will have your adrenaline flowing for sure!

Game controls perform perfectly with a combination of the accelerometer and virtual buttons to guide your player down the field past oncoming defenders. Your goal is to juke, spin, side-step, and sprint your way past waves of defenders and attempting to earn as many combo points score bonues as possible. Running through designated colored sections on the field and end zone offers the chance to earn more points. Showboating is allowed, encouraged, and will even earn you more points! No stupid celebration penalties included in this game!

Backbreaker Football: Tackle Alley iPhone Review
Backbreaker Football: Tackle Alley iPhone Review
Backbreaker Football: Tackle Alley iPhone Review
Backbreaker Football: Tackle Alley iPhone Review
Backbreaker Football: Tackle Alley iPhone Review
Backbreaker Football: Tackle Alley iPhone Review

What is included is amazing 3D simulation technology. Getting tackled has never been so much fun! Replays show off the game's fluid motion and the realistic way tackles are rendered dynamically based on the players' relative positions. So real in fact, you may even cringe a little when watching your guy get creamed by a defender!

The only negative I find about this game is the lack of a global leader board or social network integration like Open Feint, Agon, or Plus+. At the very least, the game does offer way to post your scores to your Facebook profile.

Rushing down the field and dodging waves of defenders with incredibly realistic 3D graphics, it is an exhilerating arcade experience that distinguishes itself from all other football games in the App Store.

The game concept is simple...make it to the end zone without being tackled. There are 2 game modes. "Challenge" mode has 5 levels each consisting of 10 waves. You have to complete each level before unlocking the next. Besides just making it to the endzone, scoring is the real prize and each level has completion targets to earn Bronze, Silver, or Gold.

In a Nutshell

The partnership between NaturalMotion and IdeaWorks3D Game Studios has resulted in one of the most sophisticated arcade experiences on the iPhone platform. Backbreaker Football: Tackle Alley has become one of my favorite casual sports games and arguably the best arcade experience on the iPhone to date. While it may not compete as a full-featured football games provided by EA or Gameloft, it still offers console quality graphics and gameplay that is just as fun but in a different way. The only thing more amazing than the game itself is the ridiculous $0.99 (US) price. It is clearly a no-brainer, must-buy, why are still here reading this kind-of-purchase!