April 8th, 2012 | By Nate Hubler
Tagged in: 4.5 Stars | android | arcade | backstab | interesting | iPad | iphone | killing | memorization | memory | politics | puzzle
Office Politics: Backstab
is The Little Drummer Boy
‘s first app on the App Store and it does not show. When I first started, I was almost immediately turned off by the gameplay. Luckily on my second start of the game, everything clicked nicely. The game revolves around backstabbing other employees, which is essentially just tapping on the turned back of a co-worker. OP: Backstab
will throw a little variety the player’s way by occasionally making them swipe an enemy to make them turn around. It may seem a little un-climatic, but each level is incredibly varied in enemies and boss fights, creating a much more entertaining game.
Each character has to work their way up the office “food chain” which consists of five “worlds”. Every “world” consists of three levels with the third being a boss fight. Each level consists of the same backstabbing mechanic with the “world’s” boss occasionally appearing to utilize his special power, such as Bimbo’s, which makes all the enemies turn around and attack. Luckily, to save the players from monotony the game has, it lets the player unlock new characters, which is an incredibly strong motivator to continue to play the game.The player begins only being able to use the Shadow Ninjas
, but will slowly, the player can unlock the Old Birds
and all the way to The Hypocrites,
which is a thrilling venture. Often, the requirements to unlock the new character is to complete through a level with the previously unlocked character, while obtaining either the bronze, silver, or gold trophy. Unlocking a new character is also great due to the fact that every new character will bring with it two new abilities, such as Two Face’s ability to automatically kill all enemies who have their backs turned at the time.
To use the first of the special abilities the player must get 10 kills without getting hit and then to be able to use the second ability they have to get double the amount.By far though the best part of the game are the boss “fights”. They aren’t really fights, but more so an interesting mini-game. All of them are wildly different and all are extremely entertaining, consisting of “What is missing” type of gameplay. Which the player has to memorize a scene and notice what is missing within a set time limit. Another boss fight is having to tap a ninja running through a field of bombs in a manner of seconds.Office Politics: Backstab looks amazing and each world appears different enough so that it does not feel as though The Little Drummer Boy simply repeated backgrounds. The trophies take time to get and the journey to achieve them all is quite the ride. The game is polished and no bugs or glitches of any kind were encountered while I was playing. The only thing I regret after playing was the lack of the multiplayer option. It would have been great if one player tried to backstab everything while another player chose when and where the office mates popped up.
For more information on Office Politics: Backstab
visit their official website
. Office Politics: Backstab
can be found at the Play Store
for Android, and App Store
, universal for the iPhone and iPad for $0.99
Beautiful, super fun, amazing boss fights.