Assassin’s Creed meets Pirates of the Caribbean in BackStab, an action adventure title from Gameloft first seen on Android phones now sailing its ship into iOS waters.
Mixing 3rd person swordplay with Creed-style free running and the odd cannon-firing boat battle sequence on the high seas, you take the role of sailor-turned-noble-scallywag Henry Blake, looking for vengeance against an old Royal Navy pal who royally did him wrong.
Though the odd glitch will see characters fall through solid floors and women hilariously, unintentionally scream with a mans voice, the game looks a treat, with detailed 3D models and large seaside ports to explore.
The hardware controls of the Xperia Play gaming smartphone (where the game made its debut) were a more comfortable fit for the action on show here than the virtual touchscreen buttons used by the iOS edition, but few mobile games are as ambitious as the adventure offered in BackStab. It lacks the polish of the likes of Infinity Blade, but it’s as good as it gets on Apple devices when it comes to swashbuckling 3rd person action.