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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.

{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/33103339/dbf79e9cdc76594c3523eebe284c515bc2486535.png A warm (or chilly) greeting to you all, With Summer looming over us, avoiding pollen and staying inside has never been so tempting! 🐝 To (bee)less this occasion, you can grab Backbone with 50% off from the 23rd of June to the 7th of July. Stay cool, /Raw Fury

2022-06-23

{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/33103339/f335b9d5c21feb6bf6c3314481a43bc29d1ce554.png Dearest detectives, Spring has truly sprung, and we’re celebrating with the surprise sale! To honor the occasion, you can grab Backbone with 50% off from the 4th of May to the 10th of May. Vancouver’s dingiest alleys and darkest secrets await you…

2022-05-04

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2022-02-14

After a successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2018, developer Eggnut released their post-noir narrative adventure Backbone in June 2021. Sadly, they've decided not to go through with the official Linux support on it. Read the full article here:

2022-02-10

We're happy to announce that Backbone is now available on MacOS and Nintendo Switch! Both versions of the game will include localization in all languages released last year. In case you missed it, those include: English, Japanese, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, and Spanish. Mac: The long-awaited day is here! Now, owners of the game here on Steam should be able to download Backbone to your Mac. Switch: Take your boy Howard on-the-go by picking up Backbone on Switc...

2022-02-09

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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