Backbreaker Football

 
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Simple but entertaining football game is OK for kids.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

This is one sports game you don't have to know anything about. Just tilt the phone to make the football player run toward the goal line. Tap onscreen controls to make him spin and jump sideways to avoid tackles.

Violence & scariness

Tackles can be brutal but your player always walks away.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The main page links to a Walmart.com preorder page for the PS3 version of Backbreaker.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The only outside social links are to Facebook. However, annoyingly, the game requires extended permission to post, which means you can't okay individual posts. Once you log in to your Facebook account, the game nags you for permission every time you launch. Once you give it, the only way to turn it off is to change a setting in Facebook's Edit Applications Page.

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this realistic football game is great for kids because it's so easy to play. Your player pops up unhurt no matter how gnarly the tackle. Parents should know that this game can connect to Facebook, so they might not want their kids to exercise that option.

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QUALITY
 

It might not be the NFL, but Backbreaker football is worth its 99 cents several times over. The object of the game is simple: score touchdowns by sprinting, juking, and spinning your way down the field in front of a roaring filled-to-capacity 3D stadium. The customizable player moves fluidly as he evades an increasingly hostile opposing team, with multi-angle instant replays. Three difficulty levels and 70 waves of increasingly difficult defenses will keep you in the game.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$0.99-2.99
Release date:February 24, 2010
Category:Sports Games
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Publisher:NaturalMotion Games Ltd.
Version:1.2.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 2.2.1 or later, Android 1.5 or later

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