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9 Great Games Like Backbone

These are hand-picked games similar to Backbone. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Backbone. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Backbone, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12+ or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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.

Unfortunately, Backbone is not available on Android, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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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

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

Beat Cop

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 27/11/2018

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @PxCrow

Players: This is a single player game

Beat Cop is a police crime drama where you have been framed for murder. Back on the street, you navigate the pixilated 80’s Miami Vice world to find out who did it. Your approach and decisions matter. Will you go in with the mafia or stay straight?...

Fire Escape

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 29/04/2020

Platforms: Android and PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @iNKStories

Players: This is a single player game

Fire Escape is a murder mystery styled on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. You sit on a fire escape and can see into the apartments opposite as well as hear the intimate conversations of your neighbours across the alleyway. You peer into the lives of the...

Rivals

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 21/09/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @TimSheinman

Players: This is a single player game

Rivals is a puzzle game where you piece together the story of Josh and Luke and the breakup of their band. Playing detective, similarly to Return of the Obra Dinn, but rather than murder it's musical betrayal you are sleuthing here. You inspect sources,...

Beholder (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 09/11/2016

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

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @Beholder_Game

Players: This is a single player game

Beholder is a detective game where you spy on tenants in a building, discover their secrets and report violations of laws to the authorities. As the game unfolds and you see more of the controlling totalitarian state, an uneasy tension develops between...

Tangle Tower

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @SFBDim

Players: This is a single player game

Tangle Tower is a murder mystery game, from the same developer as Snipperclips, where you explore a grand old house and it’s intertwining families to solve a mysterious murder. You are given the events of the murder, each...

Framed (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/11/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @LoveShackers

Players: This is a single player game

Framed is a puzzle adventure where you re-arrange panels of an animated comic book to change the outcome and timeline of the story. With a noir-detective look, the puzzles start simply but soon get complex.

Frog Detective (Series)

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 22/11/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @GraceBruxner

Players: This is a single player game

This is a comedy adventure game where you play a detective frog, named (unsurprisingly) "Frog Detective".

Aviary Attorney

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 22/12/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @Sketchy_Jeremy

Players: This is a single player game

A courtroom drama set in nineteenth-century Paris, populated with beautifully drawn animals. Guiding JayJay Falcon, defence attorney, you help investigate each case before each of the four court dates; combing crime scenes, interrogating suspects and...

Disco Elysium

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 15/10/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @StudioZAUM

Players: This is a single player game

Disco Elysium The Final Cut is a role-playing game set in the fictional city of Revachol where you play Harrier "Harry" Du Bois who must solve a complex murder. Unusually, your choices and actions not only determine how the story unfolds but affect...

Backbone is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Backbone in the following lists:

Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit novel, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. However, rather than just watching these mysteries while someone else does the heavy lifting, these video games place you firmly in the role of the detective. Gathering statements, sifting evidence and making intelligent leaps of deduction requires care and attention. These investigations makes these games slower than others, but it’s worth the effort each time you find the correct conclusion and move the story on.

These games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique, first-hand sleuthing challenge.
 
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Roki

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Portal

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PEGI Rating 12+ for PortalESRB Rating TEEN for Portal

Branching Stories With Multiple Endings

All games offer you agency. You can win or lose. You can complete them or stop at any time. But there are some games that offer a story that genuinely branches. Where you end up will be different from other players. This not only makes your actions really matter but also gives you a reason to play them again.

Setting aside games that evolve through simulation, or games where once you die it's game over, these branching narrative games tell a story that ends in a certain way because of the choices you made.
 


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