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Console-style action game is filled with bloody violence.

What parents need to know

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.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.   

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:June 23, 2011
Category:Adventure Games
Size:584.00 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later, Android 1.6 and up

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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 assassins creed game. The only problem I see with it is the violence. You can decapitate enemies, and use brutal counter-attacks, it is once again a assassins creed type game. It does have strong violence, but other than that there is no other concern, but if you don't want your kids seeing any violence at all then don't let them play this. 11 and up. If this were rated as movies are rated it would be R: Strong Bloody Violence.
What other families should know
Too much violence
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. Pretty much the only way you will die is by falling. Jumping accros the pillars in the screen shot is really annoying. Needs un update BADLY! Really bloody, you can go into a house behind the streets.( if you know what i mean) doesn't show anything though. NOT WORTH $7 AT ALL! Fortunately I got it on sale for a dollar.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing