Take control of an exorcist on a mission to cleanse an ancient curse. Your only tool: a ship that fires from the back.

THIS GAME IS CURSED. Install Backfire and your soul will be bound within the machine. Only total victory will release you— until then you will be damned.

Innumerous foes will block your path, ancient demons will stand against you, and death will come, again and again. Only with skill and perseverance can you purify the curse and save yourself. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

-Simple tap-to-turn controls.
-Brutally difficult gameplay.
-8 unique weapons.
-4 epic bosses.
-Dozens of ways to upgrade your ship.
-Hoards of monsters to kite and destroy.
-An ancient curse to purify.

Critical Acclaim:

“One of the most brilliant things about Backfire is how it’s constantly forcing you to take risks and face danger, and it makes for some exhilarating moments.”
— TouchArcade: Game of the Week

“As much fun as the gameplay is, it’s the little details that kept me coming back for more. From the neon green and purple color palette, to the way enemies slowly pop out from the walls, to the way red pixelated blood covers the screen when you die."
— AppUnwraper: ‘BACKFIRE’ Review

“Green Squid Productions has really gone the extra mile here with expertly polished gun play and fantastic enemy design”
— SuperGameDroid: Backfire Is A Crazy Reverse Shooter Coming Next Month

“BackFire is slick, smart, and it doesn't give a toss about the rules that you think it should be following.”
— PocketGamer: BackFire review - "Geometry Wars goes to hell in this ace shooter"

What’s New

Version 1.9.6

1.9.6 - Bug Patch
Thank you for reporting bugs and performance problems, it helps make BACKFIRE a better game for everyone :) If you have a report, please contact me at

- fixed bug that caused ammo drops to drop far too frequently
- fixed bug that caused multiple music tracks to play in chapter 4
- general performance/stability improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Weshowad ,

A great game

This game is good. The controls are weird, but aren’t impossible to handle. The gameplay is good. Sure, I haven’t gotten too far in the game, but it’s fun. I personally like it, though I think I’ve found a bug. In the chapter two boss fight, a fight I almost won first try, my weapons keep switching to the second one and the game becomes unresponsive until I’m hit. This might be a feature, but it’s not a good feature because once it starts it doesn’t stop. It keeps switching to weapon two with the game not letting you do anything, not even pausing. It’s annoying. I hope that this isn’t a mechanic in the fight, because it’s extremely difficult to manage. It only happens in the final phase of the fight, which is the only reason I’m even considering it as a mechanic.

Other than that, the game is really good so far.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the review! Yes, this is a bug. It has been fixed now. :)

Ink Runner ,


[UPDATE: After stability updates, the game runs perfectly (on my iPhone, at least); if the app is crash-y for you, just be patient—Green Squid is steadily squashing bugs and improving stability.]

I *highly* recommend this game! So much so that, one time, I purchased it as a gift to MAKE my friend play it.

Backfire has amazing juiciness—the graphic design, the control, the difficulty curve, and the progression all feel so tight. This is one of those games that’s deliciously fun to get better at.

However, my iPhone isn’t that old and the game will crash and forget my latest progress often (and rather unpredictably). I’ve actually been stuck on ‘Chapter 3: The Inner Works’ for a week because whenever I beat it and want to spend my tokens, the app crashes!
It’s frustrating to the point where I can’t (yet) give the five stars I think this game deserves, but I have hope that there’ll be more stability improvements to come!

Developer Response ,

Thanks you for the review! I appreciate the feedback. It can be very hard to catch bugs like this on my own. I'm hoping the latest update (1.09) has fixed this issue, but if not can you please contact me at to help me diagnose the problem? Thanks again :)

Olliemon13 ,

Second favorite iOS game

This game is made for touch screen and it works so well. The different guns and the way you have to move and shoot with different enemy types and movements to learn. Very strategic. My only criticism would be the screen layout because I am playing on iPhone XS Max and if I don’t hold it volume buttons up the life gauge is completely blocked by the iPhone speaker and the buttons to switch the guns maybe a little smaller I found myself accidentally switching guns in a tight situation ALOT. But still very playable and enjoyable thanks for the great game

Developer Response ,

You flatter me. Thank you very much :)
I have fixed the health bar clipping issue and added more options for switching weapons. This can be found in the settings menu under "HUD". Thanks for playing!


Joel Rochon
386.9 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Frequent/Intense Horror/Fear Themes
© Joel Rochon


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