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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Release Date:
Apr 24, 2019

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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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May 1

Patch 1.0.2

Patch 1.0.2
- Player unable to exit crouch in a few places.
-Anatoly didn't save dialogue after save/load.
- Player could enter Locker after Basement, without taking the turn key. Couldn't go back to Basement.
- Second Butcher coming and catching Howard, while player is hidden.
- Able to get into garbage bucket in Butcher room, after save/load, without Butcher entering.
- Game was launching Steam VR.

- Fixes in dialogues.
- Minor narrative changes.
- Some interaction objects were not saving after leaving/re-entering Granville.

- Lighted the entrance to Butcher room, so it's more noticeable.
- Changed lights for taxis.
- Added visuals for truck in Alley.
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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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