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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 or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

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)

Costs: Purchase cost

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Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

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