Backbone

released on Jun 08, 2021

Unfold the mysteries of a dystopic animal society inhabiting retrofuturistic Vancouver in a noir stealth adventure coming in 2019.

Backbone is a pixel art cinematic adventure with stealth and action elements. As a private investigator Howard Lotor you are set to solve detective cases, interrogate witnesses, explore the intriguing retrofuturistic Vancouver, and sneak your way to safety using smell-based stealth mechanics.

Backbone collides the visual and social contrasts of film noir with anthropomorphic animals and dystopian fiction. Crawl through the dark alleys of pixelated Vancouver, and experience the impactful storyline focused on themes of power and prejudice.


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Como pode um jogo com uma trilha sonora impecável, uma pixel art incrível, uma belíssima ambientação de Vancouver e a mais pura essência de filme noir começar tão bem e ter um final TÃO RUIM????
Eu literalmente fiquei assim ಠ_ಠ quando os créditos subiram.


Noir + humanoidal animals + "The Annihilation" by Jeff VanderMeer = ambiguous game with stunning 2,5D graphic and epic soundtrack.


Begins strong, goes completely off the rails in the middle, finishes unsatisfying sadly.


Backbone immediately hooked me in with its beautiful art style and promise of a deeper mystery to be solved. The first Act especially highlighted what could have been an amazing experience. And I say "what could have been" because this game completely goes off the rails at the midway point, and not in a good way.
The last three Acts go by in an instant, and feel like a rat race to get to the unsatisfying ending. And it doesn't help that it's complimented by a complicated mess of ideas that try (and fail) to tell some deeper story. Like a lot of the other reviews will say, this is a game with a solid start but a completely lousy second half.


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Super interesting game, stunning art style. A little hard to navigate sometimes but it wasn't too janky. Ending rather abrubt, though I heard there's a sequel in the works. Excited to learn more about this world, these characters, and where their story goes. Bummed about Anatoly, and I hope Larry is okay.


The presentation’s immaculate, but I’ve never quite seen a game crash and burn in its second half the same way this game does. It’s WILD.