Backbone: Prologue is the first act of a noir roleplaying detective adventure. You are raccoon private eye Howard Lotor, a second-class citizen of dystopian Vancouver, BC inhabited by animals. Interrogate a diverse cast of characters, collect evidence, and choose which leads to follow.
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Apr 24, 2019
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“The art is beautiful, a mixture of detailed, chunky pixel-art and subdued, hazy lighting. What steals the show for me is the writing.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Backbone has some, well, backbone in its early state in how it tackles classism through its well-written script and intriguing world.”
GameRevolution

“It does, so far, seem like a pretty interesting story.”
Kotaku

About This Game

Backbone: Prologue is the first act of an upcoming noir roleplaying detective adventure. Step into the shoes of Howard Lotor - anthropomorphic raccoon and private eye - and explore the beautifully rendered 2.5D pixel art environments of dystopian Vancouver.

Howard Lotor is smart, self-assured and set in his ways. Caught in the tedium of day-to-day life, he’s resigned to the abuses of the authoritative regime in power and compliant with the systemic inequality that permeates society. Most of the cases he works on are unremarkable domestic disputes. Odette Green’s case probably won’t be any different.

Backbone's gameplay is a new take on point-and-click adventure, featuring stealth, exploration and extensive branching dialogues inspired by classic CRPGs. As Howard, you must traverse the different districts of a now walled-off Vancouver, sniff out clues, collect evidence, interrogate witnesses, and choose which leads to follow.

Inspired by film noir, Backbone will submerge you into its dark dystopian atmosphere. Every animation in the game is handcrafted frame by frame, and environments are modeled after real streets of Vancouver, BC. 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. Original doom jazz soundtrack will keep you on the edge with the enveloping veil of bebop and cinematic soundscapes, where every sound tells a story.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Sound Card: Something that can do beep and boop
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Multi-core 2.5GHz or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 950 or equivalent
    • Sound Card: Something that can do much more beeps and boops
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.13 macOS High Sierra
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.15 Catalina
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon Pro 560
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: We successfully ran it on Ubuntu 19.10
    • Processor: Multi-core 1.8GHz or faster
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 760 or equivalent
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: We'll be really impressed if you manage to run it on your fridge
    Recommended:
    • Storage: 1 GB available space

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