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Backbone

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Total Reviews: 30
VSG Recommendation: Skip It
Critics Consensus: Backbone is a stylish RPG with a compelling world and solid 2D sidescrolling. But the plot is disjointed, the audio design is uneven, and the minute-to-minute gameplay is uninspired.
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Critic Reviews: 30
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# Reviews: 30

Backbone is a stylish RPG with a compelling world and solid 2D sidescrolling. But the plot is disjointed, the audio design is uneven, and the minute-to-minute gameplay is uninspired.

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Average Score - 72/100
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Low Score - 40/100
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Vikki Blake (Eurogamer)

Backbone’s sumptuous pixel art and promising narrative threads are undermined by flat gameplay and a non sequitur of a final act.

June 17, 2021 |

As a whole, Backbone is stylish but not exceptional. It’s a good time with an enjoyable story, but otherwise it’s just kind of routine. The visual style is great, but it’s offset by uneven audio design. There’s definitely a lot to love about Backbone, I just don’t feel it sticks the landing quite well. It will be worthwhile playing for most, but I’m more interested in what comes next from EggNut.

June 7, 2021 |
7/10
Zoey Handley (Destructoid)
9/10
Chris White (God is a Geek)

Backbone features a compelling story and a well-realised post-noir dystopia, with engaging characters and some smart gameplay.

June 8, 2021 |

Vikki Blake (Eurogamer)

Not Recommended - (Read Review)

Backbone’s sumptuous pixel art and promising narrative threads are undermined by flat gameplay and a non sequitur of a final act.

Zoey Handley (Destructoid)

7/10 - (Read Review)

As a whole, Backbone is stylish but not exceptional. It’s a good time with an enjoyable story, but otherwise it’s just kind of routine. The visual style is great, but it’s offset by uneven audio design. There’s definitely a lot to love about Backbone, I just don’t feel it sticks the landing quite well. It will be worthwhile playing for most, but I’m more interested in what comes next from EggNut.

Chris White (God is a Geek)

9/10 - (Read Review)

Backbone features a compelling story and a well-realised post-noir dystopia, with engaging characters and some smart gameplay.

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Unfold the mysteries of a dystopic animal society inhabiting retrofuturistic Vancouver in a noir stealth adventure coming in 2019. Backbone is a pixel art cinematic adventure with stealth and action elements. As a private investigator Howard Lotor you are set to solve detective cases, interrogate witnesses, explore the intriguing retrofuturistic Vancouver, and sneak your way to safety using smell-based stealth mechanics. Backbone collides the visual and social contrasts of film noir with anthropomorphic animals and dystopian fiction. Crawl through the dark alleys of pixelated Vancouver, and experience the impactful storyline focused on themes of power and prejudice.

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