‘Backbone: Prologue’ – Dystopian Pixel Art Noir Adventure

Howard Lotor is smart, self-assured and set in his ways. He is also a private detective and a raccoon.

Have you ever wished there was a side-scrolling pixel art game about a private detective who is also a raccoon that sniffs out clues, collects evidence, and interrogates witnesses on the streets of dystopian Vancouver, BC? Then boy, do we have the game for you.


Howard Lotor is smart, self-assured and set in his ways. Caught in the tedium of day-to-day life, he’s resigned to the abuses of the authoritative regime in power and compliant with the systemic inequality that permeates society. But a string of cases that grow progressively more outlandish will put his worldview to the test.

Backbone’s gameplay is a new take on point-and-click adventure, featuring stealth, exploration, and extensive branching dialogues inspired by classic CRPGs. As Howard, you must traverse the diverse districts of a now walled-off Vancouver, sniff out clues, collect evidence, interrogate witnesses, and choose which leads to follow.

Check out the Official Backbone Website

Inspired by film noir, Backbone will submerge you into its dark dystopian atmosphere. Every animation in the game is handcrafted frame by frame, and environments are modeled after real streets of Vancouver, BC. The breathtaking combination of high-resolution pixel art and 3D effects like dynamic lighting, pouring rain, volumetric fog, and neon lights bring the sprawling city to life. Original doom jazz soundtrack will keep you on the edge with the enveloping veil of bebop and cinematic soundscapes, where every sound tells a story. –Steam Page

Currently, the game is set to release later in 2020, but you can pick up a free demo over on Steam (we provided the link down below). Check it out if you like this type of artistic sidescrolling direction, we know we will.



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