Backbreaker 2: Vengeance is not a game for Android users who like their sports sedate and civilised. Set on an NFL field, you as the gamer must either avoid getting your back broken by evading tackles and running the ball to the end zone or break the backs of those who seek to touchdown against you. It’s incredibly violent stuff but that rarely makes for a dull app…
Backbreaker 2 offers two modes of play – Endurance and Challenge – and thankfully both provide more than enough entertainment to justify its £1.85 price tag. In Endurance mode your goal is simple, touchdown or takedown the player with the ball for wave after wave. If this sounds a little tedious then rest assured, shafting your opponent with a flying tackle never fails to raise a smile be it the first time you’re inflicting potential paralysis on your opponent or the hundreth.
Challenge is where the real action is though. Split between Tackle Alley and Vengeance like the Endurance mode, you must jump hurdles, truck (duck) under obstacles and stay within the charted course in order to reach your goal. The controls work by tilting your Android smartphone in the direction you want your player to run with a series of onscreen buttons available for the moments when spinning, juking (side-stepping) or sprinting is a great idea.
Each Challenge is divided into 10 rounds with rewards doled out upon the completion of five Waves of obstacles. Since we hold absolutely no interest in American Football, the ability to play under slightly more malevolent team names (Colonels vs Cougars) is no big deal but it’s nice to know that we can. What keeps pulling us back is the gameplay: fast, furious and ruthlessly addictive. Backbreaker 2 is an essential purchase for any Android owner with a penchant for sports gaming.
NB: We’ve heard some reports of Backbreaker 2 license verification issues, so be sure to check you can get past the second wave in any game mode inside the 15-minute refund window. You have been warned.
The Bottom Line
We may not be massive American Football fans, but Backbreaker 2:Vengeance is a top-notch title. One sweetly executed slam down and it’ll have you hooked.
Version reviewed 1.2.3
Requires Android 1.5 or higher