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Backbone: Noir-Detective Gameplay


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Looks like a Furry LucasArts adventure game. Love the graphics.

It's out on June 8th and is on PC GamePass Day 1.

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NeoGAFs Kent Brockman

Pull on your trenchcoat and step into the shoes of raccoon private investigator, Howard Lotor, and explore dystopian Vancouver, BC, beautifully rendered in high resolution pixel art. Post-noir detective adventure Backbone will release on PC June 8, 2021.



NeoGAFs Kent Brockman

Backbone is heading to Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4 on October 28, 2021. Watch the trailer for another look at this post-noir narrative detective adventure game that's also available now on PC.

In Backbone, players become raccoon private eye Howard Lotor as he explores a dystopian Vancouver inhabited by animals, uncovering a deeply personal story of change and transformation.


Finished this yesterday. Wasn't a long game. Started off decent, but really, really lost its way after a plot twist. It was almost like someone wrote the first half, then someone else came in finished. Some story elements were wrapped up, others just completely forgotten about it seems.

The writing itself became very convoluted for no real reason except for what appeared to be padding the game in order to make it longer, along with pointless cutscenes.

The detective aspects are poor, there really aren't any. The main character comes across as a, "poor me" type without any real reason for being that way.

Can not recommend, and further sours my thoughts on indie titles.


After the first mission is becomes a totally linear experience, basically an interactive walking sim. Cool graphics but thats about it. I would avoid it like the plague.
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I watched a playthrough of this...and yeah...it really goes off the rails to nowhere.

Starts off great with an interesting world, characters, and lore surrounding the current situation but then goes completely off track with some wild shit and then it ends. Nothing really gets resolved and then it's done. Looks great throughout.

No pun intended but it does have a great backbone however it's simply incomplete when you look at the narrative beats.


Reminds me of Gabriel Knight. Damn that was one hell of a game back then. We'll see how this fares.
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Started off intriguing but went off the rails completely by the midpoint for no real payoff IMO. Thankfully it was short but I personally wouldn’t recommend it to most.


NeoGAFs Kent Brockman

Backbone, the post-noir narrative adventure set in a dystopian, animal-inhabited Vancouver, BC, is headed to Nintendo Switch on February 9, 2022.

In Backbone, play as raccoon detective Howard Lotor as you seek to uncover the truth in an increasingly dark case. As you dig into the society's corrupt class system, a deeply personal story of change and transformation will begin to unfold.
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