Backflip Madness Review

Backflip Madness Review

Oct 10, 2012

There is zany… and then there is Backflip Madness.

On the surface, I honestly wondered how enjoyable a game that had me scoring points by, well, doing backflips could be. But, with a little patience (and encouragement from a son who was literally head over heals for this game), it slowly earned some of my respect.

The title says it all. I scored points by doing backflips. The great part of the game is how well the developers were able to recreate physiological movement of a body in motion. Using a few basic controls, I could launch the athlete backwards, effect a “tuck” and land on my feet. Of course, this was all much easier said than done in practice. The challenge of the game was mastering the sequence, and doing the right thing at the right time based on circumstance.

And by circumstance, I refer to the surprisingly detailed imagery. I started off in a gym, and found out that I could launch from the bare ground, or from a raised spot (like a basketball rim). Jumping backwards, I could contort to land on my feet for points. It looked great anatomically, and the developer put some time into making it look correct.

Including the falls. Ouch.

Now, for fans of Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O, the falls alone will be worth the download. I found the painful reaction from mis-jumping into the basketball rim from the top of the backboard bordered on the grotesque, and I admit to laughing at first. But, eventually, I did find the game to be a tad monotonous after a while. The unlockable locations cityscapes, canyons, etc.) attempted to give a measure of newness, so it wasn’t all lost.

All in all, this was a game that was tougher to master than I expected, and the challenge will probably be its biggest draw.

Backflip Madness Review Rundown

7
Graphics - Colors were a little drab, but the physics make up for it.
7
Controls - Not the easiest to grasp, but practice does make perfect.
7.5
Gameplay/Sound - Sounds could be a bit zestier, but fits the game well. Gameplay is straightforward.
7
Replay value - Monotony can set in, but extra scenes and features help.
7
Overall - Interesting game; with the fun being in mastering the moves.

App available on the Google Play Store »

Demo version is also available on the Google Play Store »

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