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Backbone Review

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Posted: 6 weeks ago.

Author: Hannah Robertson and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

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, and think like, a detective. You become emersed 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 Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 24/04/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @EggNutGames

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CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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