App review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Console-style action game is filled with bloody violence.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

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Ease of Play

Action involves the use of common virtual game controls, including an onscreen directional pad for navigation and action buttons for attacking and jumping. Combat is straightforward and relatively easy, but the controls are occasionally unreliable, leading to frustration when climbing and adjusting the camera.


This game deals largely in bloody violence. Players stab and slash with swords, fire upon enemies with muskets, and deliver visceral finishing moves -- such as ramming a sword through an enemy’s neck -- that send crimson liquid spraying through the air. Cinematic sequences show character deaths in even more dramatic fashion, such as a hanging and the bloody slicing of a soldier’s throat.       


One of the main female characters wears a top revealing deep cleavage. Players chat with “harlots” on the street. A cinematic scene shows a woman on a table who looks like she may be about to be raped by a soldier.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character seen stumbling through an alley appears to be in a drunken stupor.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that BackStab is a violent, console-style action game filled with sword fights and gunfights. It is clearly meant for older players. Combat involves aggressive animations and often ends with dramatic, bloody finishing moves. Players will encounter sexual themes as the game’s hero interacts with “harlots” and befriends women who wear busty tops. Parents should know as well that this game supports the Gameloft Live! network service, which is capable of connecting players with strangers.   

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBushMan6 April 17, 2012

Fun,then really boring.

First the campaign is good until you escape the castle. Aft that you feel like you're running errands for everyone in the world! Very glitchy. Too easy. Pr... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 May 16, 2013

A fun game filled with glitches

This game is pretty fun, My only problem is the glitches, but other than that it is a great game. It seems as if it should be a console game, kind of like an as... Continue reading

Is it any good?

One of a growing number of mobile games attempting to emulate the console action game experience, BACKSTAB puts players in the shoes of an 18th-century naval officer looking to avenge the death of his fiancee, who was killed by a friend turned traitor. Players engage in wall-climbing acrobatics not unlike those seen in games like Assassin’s Creed, as well as plenty of bloody sword fights and gunfights. But while it has a look and feel similar to big-budget console blockbusters, frustrating virtual controls result in plenty of unintentional falls while scaling walls. Compounding matters is an uncooperative camera that rarely orients itself properly on the action. The effort poured into this game is evident, and it has several bright moments, but fans of mature action games are likely to feel disappointed.

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