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Backbone Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 6 days ago.

Author: Hannah Robertson, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Backbone is an adventure game inspired by film noir where you role-play as a human-like raccoon detective. As a detective, you search for clues and evidence, talk to witnesses, and choose which leads to follow.

You move left and right through the city and interact with people and objects and solve the various mysteries. As you progress, you talk to and investigate the animal characters and are offered more options on what you want to say to them. It unfolds like a detective movie but you need to ask the right to move the story forwards.

Backbone also features puzzles where you have to drag evidence around to look further into the investigation. There are stealth puzzles that you solve by hiding from or following a suspicious character and rooms and environments that you explore such as the busy city life, classy bars, and nighttime in the pouring rain.

It's a game where you step into the shoes of a detective and think like a detective. You become immersed in the investigations and puzzles to solve. It's your choice which cases you want to investigate and which leads you to want to follow.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 24/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Playing and Stealth

Developer: Egg Nut Games (@EggNutGames)


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Players: This is a single player game.



Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. This game has a free to play prologue available.

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Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

Not yet rated but likely to be PEGI 12 and ESRB TEEN for the Noir film theme.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Backbone Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@EggNutGames) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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