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Backbone (2019) 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.

Our examiner, Hannah Robertson, first checked Backbone 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 months ago.
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This is a Brain Game and Role-Play game with Adventure, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Stealth and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.


This game is good if you want to:

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Drugs, Use of Alcohol/Tobacco, Strong Language.

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


Backbone usually costs £19.99 to £22.49.


XBox Store Xbox X|S £20.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £20.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation Store PS5 £19.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99
Steam Store PC £20.99
Switch Store Switch £22.49
Steam Store Mac £20.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
This game has a free to play prologue available. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/04/2019

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Role-Play (Adventure, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Stealth and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Egg Nut Games (@EggNutGames)

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