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It takes a certain kind of person to take on the greatest evils of the world. A keen intellect. Relentless courage. An unstoppable desire to see justice done.

But you? You’re just trying to make rent.

You’re not special. You’re not a hero. Thrust into unfortunate circumstances, you find yourself with no other option than to unravel what might be your biggest case yet.

Get to work, detective.


Backbone is a post-noir roleplaying detective adventure, in which you step into the shoes of raccoon private investigator, Howard Lotor, and explore dystopian Vancouver, BC, beautifully rendered in high resolution pixel art.

After years of small-time cases, lonely evenings, and just barely scraping by, Howard Lotor is swept into a job quite unlike any other before it. What starts as a menial case slowly unravels into something much darker, pitting Howard against the oppressive, systemic power hierarchies of the City itself.


Backbone's gameplay is a modern take on the classic point-and-click adventure, featuring stealth, exploration, and elaborate dialogues inspired by old school CRPGs.

As Howard, you will:
• Make meaningful connections with a diverse cast of characters in pursuit of truth
• Explore both flourishing and decaying districts of a now walled-off Vancouver
• Uncover clues and collect evidence
• Solve puzzles and sneak around
• Be a raccoon
 



Post-noir dystopia
Backbone’s Vancouver is a dangerous place, bleak and dreary, but not entirely without hope. It’s a tale of a cold and existentialist world, interspersed with genuine connections and a bruised but undying drive to make a difference. Everyone wants to change the world, but not always for the better.

Stunning visuals
The breathtaking combination of high-resolution pixel art and 3D effects like dynamic lighting, pouring rain, volumetric fog, and neon lights bring the sprawling city to life.

Evocative and unforgettable soundtrack
An original soundtrack by Danshin and Arooj Aftab is expertly crafted to create a cinematic, atmospheric, and simply jaw-dropping soundscape. You’ve never heard dystopian doom jazz quite like this.

Patch notes: Fixed several bugs related to enemy AI Fixed bugs relating to NPC pathfinding Fixed a bug in which talking to the lab goose softlocked you Fixed an issue where when using a controller, the player lost the ability to control their cursor in some instances. Fixed collision bugs in Lab, Gastown, and Rooftop Gardens Fixed an issue which caused Howard to sink into the ground after crouching Fixed an issue where raindrops appeared on camera while indoors Fixed an issue with the gamma slid...

2021-07-23

Кроме многочисленных Souls-клонов и метроидваний, инди-студии совершенно внезапно взялись за point'n'сlick-приключения в традиционном пиксельном стиле. Компания EggNut, по большей части состоящая из русскоговорящих разработчиков, в начале июня выпустила неонуарную адвенчуру Backbone.

2021-07-19

Our dear community, This is a love letter for each of you - those who waited for Backbone, who played it, who loved it, who hated it, who are yet to experience it, and everyone in between. We are Alex and Nikita - two people out of the collective of individuals who worked on Backbone for close to 5 years. Backbone is a deeply personal project for us, and it encapsulates our lived experiences and common humanity. We knew what we wanted to say and we said it. We stand by it and we are proud of it....

2021-06-11

Noir detective adventure Backbone comes along at just the right time for me. I've been on a detective film jag this past week, watching Philip Marlowe movies like The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye, black comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and 1975 neo-noir thriller Night Moves. I'm fully in hard-boiled private investigator mode... Read more.

2021-06-08

Dear friends, THE DAY HAS COME - BACKBONE IS OUT ON PC!!! THANK YOU EVERYONE for waiting so long and supporting us since the very start!!!!! If you encounter any bugs, please use this form to report them - THANK YOU!!! Love, Eggnut

2021-06-08

PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

  • MINIMUM:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Multi-core 1.8GHz or faster
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 760 or equivalent
    • Storage: 1 GB available space

RECOMMENDED SPECS:

  • RECOMMENDED:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Multi-core 2.5GHz or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 950 or equivalent
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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