Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
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  1. Jul 5, 2011
    70
    If you've been desperately craving an Assassin's Creed game set in an 18th Century pirate wonderland to play on the go, this will do the trick, but don't expect too much from it. If you can deal with all the bugs, you'll certainly be taken on a bizarre ride and you'll have a ton of stuff to do in the world.
  2. Jun 29, 2011
    60
    BackStab sails on restless oceans, thrown about by ropey controls and annoying bugs, but it remains a swashbuckling romp that will appeal to fans of Captain Jack Sparrow and his kin – if they can stay the course, that is.
  3. Jun 29, 2011
    70
    Clearly taking its inspiration from Assassin's Creed, with a bit of GTA sprinkled in for good measure, BackStab creates a mish-mash of genres that offer an interesting experience that lacks cohesion.
  4. Jun 29, 2011
    50
    It's ambitious to say the least. But I think to a large extent the game's engine gets in its own way far too often. There were numerous times I saw characters get stuck or fall through the ground, or mission objectives simply not appear.
  5. Jun 29, 2011
    60
    Fundamentally Gameloft need to focus more on the story delivery, pacing, and most importantly remove the shackles of the helping hand, to give gamers more exploration and a feeling of achievement.
  6. Jun 29, 2011
    70
    The lack of fidelity in the controls can be a bit frustrating, but these issues usually resolve themselves quickly enough to get on with enjoying the game. The story is fairly entertaining, but the real joy of this game comes from a depth not often seen in iOS games.
  7. 70
    Backstab isn't a bad game, but it's not the hit that was excepted. Full of promise - and actually packing plenty of content and a lengthy storyline - the game is hindered by unpolished development that leaves the experience with notable bugs.
  8. Jun 25, 2011
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  9. CD-Action
    Aug 2, 2011
    60
    Assassin's Creed meets Grand Theft Auto in the world of Pirates of the Caribbean and tells the story with Uncharted's flair. No, it's too good to be true. Simple gameplay mechanics, plain character models with lifeless faces, weak voice acting, faulty camera and bugs make BackStab a disappointment. [August 2011, p.74]
  10. Jun 29, 2011
    50
    BackStab could be an unimaginative yet decent action adventure game, but it's ultimately flawed by an unacceptable series of bugs.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 2, 2013
    5
    It's a game that tries to immerse you into a very large 18th-century world where corruption and betrayal pushes your character to fight forIt's a game that tries to immerse you into a very large 18th-century world where corruption and betrayal pushes your character to fight for his life. It's not a bad game, and you will thoroughly enjoy yourself for the first 90 minutes - and after that, if you can overcome the repetitiveness of the missions, the ridiculous glitches, missions that suddenly stop half way, and a combat system way too simple to make fighting fun, it will stay as a fun game to play. As for me, sadly, it hasn't. Full Review »
  2. Jul 2, 2015
    5
    Pros:•Decent graphics
    •Good production values
    •Plenty of content Cons:•Repetitive gameplay •Bland characters •Uninteresting story
    Pros:•Decent graphics
    •Good production values
    •Plenty of content

    Cons:•Repetitive gameplay
    •Bland characters
    •Uninteresting story
    •IAPs for a full priced game
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  3. Feb 27, 2014
    5
    Another game by the lazy game-loft studio. It is decent and will have you engaged for the first hour or so, but it gets bogged down byAnother game by the lazy game-loft studio. It is decent and will have you engaged for the first hour or so, but it gets bogged down by glitches, it gets repetitive, bad voice acting and plot holes. This game looks great on paper, and will give you some entertainment, but not for long. Collapse Full Review »