Backbone: Prologue is the demo of an upcoming noir-inspired detective adventure. As raccoon private eye Howard Lotor, sniff out clues, collect evidence, interrogate witnesses, and explore beautiful pixel art version of dystopian Vancouver, BC.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (203) - 98% of the 203 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,318) - 98% of the 1,318 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Apr 24, 2019

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August 9

Backbone is going places!

So many incredible things have happened since the release of Backbone: Prologue in April. Finally, we're able to share all of them with you!

Backbone is coming to PAX West. Aug 30 - Sep 2, Seattle, WA, USA.

Backbone has been selected to participate in our first ever expo - PAX West! Find us in the Indie Mega Booth section, #764. We're bringing a polished version of the demo for you to play, and our friendly faces from Canada, Russia and NL. Feel free to get in touch with any questions -

Backbone is selected for Strasbourg Film Festival. Sept 13-22, Strasbourg, France.

Backbone has been selected among 12 games to be presented during the festival and to participate in the award ceremony. Backbone is inspired by our passionate love for cinema, so we're very proud to be included!

AND we'll see you at Adventure X! Nov 2-3, London, UK.

Possibly the best place to celebrate adventure gaming - Adventure X conference in London, British Library.
The tickets will go on sale on the British Library website on Sept 4th, 11AM UK time. Don't miss out, they'll be gone in the matter of minutes!

Backbone: Prologue has been doing incredibly well.

It is now rated 98% Overwhelmingly Positive with over 1000 reviews. It's #230 in the best rated Steam games of all time. It's been downloaded 100 000 times. The main game page has been wishlisted 50 000 times.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Backbone's development is in full swing. There are more exciting things happening that we still have to keep secret, but we'll see you again very soon!

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May 6

Patch 1.0.3

Patch 1.0.3

- "Continue" loaded main menu once again, if save was made in Howard's Office.
- Player could enter locker room without picking turn key when going upstairs.

- Some characters did not remember they were chatted with after save/load.
- Interaction spots were resetting on Granville after save/load.

- Pressing TAB in inventory was not closing the menu, if one very particular button was pressed.
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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

About This Game

Backbone: Prologue is the demo of an upcoming noir-inspired 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

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Multi-core 2.5GHz or faster
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 950 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows-based sound card
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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