I love Backflip

I love BackflipNote the upper case ‘B’ in the title there. I love Backflip the mobile game developer, not the act of performing a backflip. Though backflips are, admittedly, rather impressive.

Equally impressive is Backflip Studios' ability to take mundane-sounding concepts and translate them into compelling games. For example, how does a game in which all you do is throw bits of paper at a bin sound? Rubbish, right? But it’s great.

Not all of Backflip’s games are free (check out Army of Darkness), but the developer offers a fair few freebies with the option to remove ads for 69p. Yep, 69p; Apple recently jacked up its prices.

Here, in no particular order (in fact, let’s go for alphabetical), are three of my favourite Backflip freebies. Oh, I won’t include Shape Shift since I reviewed it yesterday (hence the ‘I love Backflip’ train of thought), but it’s totally worth checking out.

I love BackflipBuganoids (full review)

If retro gaming is your thing, you’ll freakin’ love Buganoids. It has a decidedly 8-bit feel, and indeed looks like it’d be quite at home on the NES circa 1988.

In Buganoids, you control a little astronaut guy and run round the circumference of various planets/moons, shooting bugs. Essentially you want to stop the bugs reaching the outside, and, well, that’s about all there is to it.

With a variety of planets, bugs and weapons, there’s enough to hold your interest for a good while. Buganoids is stupidly charming and well worth 0p.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

I love BackflipPaper Toss (full review)

“Guilty pleasure” is a phrase often associated with Paper Toss. In a world with Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies, there’s little excuse for playing a game in which you simply throw crumpled bits of paper at a trashcan. But who cares? It’s great!

I’ve already given the proverbial game away in the previous paragraph. Yep, there’s not a great deal to Paper Toss. Lob bits of paper at bins with a swipe of the screen, and adjust the angle to take the wind (produced by a desk fan) into account. That's it.

The aim is to land shots consecutively. If you miss, your score goes back to zero and the game continues. The lack of a “Game Over” screen lends Paper Toss a mesmerising feel, and it’s all too easy to get lost in chucking paper. You’ve been warned.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

I love BackflipStrike Knight (full review)

In Strike Knight, Backflip takes tenpin bowling, switches the ball for an air hockey-style puck, and throws in a robotic Knight. Why the hell not?

In the interest of fun, Backflip removes the gutters too, so you’re guaranteed to hit something. There’s additional incentive to get a strike or at least make a spare, in that doing so gets you crazy pointage.

The Knight, who provides encouragement from behind the pins, is genuinely quite amusing. Many a time I’ve let out a guilty chuckle when he’s danced or shouted something in his big robo-voice.

It’s the usual Backflip story; simple but absorbing mechanic. Oh, and there’s 4-player pass-and-play. Sweet.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

I’ll be working my way through the rest of Backflip’s iOS catalogue very soon…

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deep1  Jul. 22, 2011 at 18:45

There is also that Ninja Jump or something. I find myself playing it in the toilet. Jumping between two walls, collecting power ups and avoiding bad things along the way. All with one finger!

MattGardner  Aug. 3, 2011 at 13:38

I cannot get enough of Army of Darkness. It's just brilliant, absolutely brilliant.


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