Backbone

Rating Summary

Based on 30 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

47%

Critics Recommend

Based on 30 critic reviews
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No Recommendation / Blank
Jun 17, 2021

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

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7 / 10.0
Jun 7, 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.

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6 / 10
Jun 29, 2021

I am disappointed by the mixed feelings I get from Backbone. It is absolutely worth a look solely on the merits of its audiovisual presentation, but its attempt to offer commentary or insight into the topics its narrative broaches repeatedly fall flat, particularly in the latter half. EggNut clearly has the goods in the art and music departments, so I would love to see what they can do with a stronger narrative in the future. If you do choose to give Backbone a shot, make sure to get the Artifact Edition, as it includes the wonderful soundtrack.

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Jun 9, 2021

Backbone does both, striking a balance between nostalgic and new, breathing another breath of life into the genre with its gritty, sad grin. This 2D, sidescrolling, pixel-art noir is a short but solid adventure mystery with stunning visuals and meaningful characters.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2021

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

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65 / 100
Jun 7, 2021

Backbone bites off far more than it can chew, with a completely out of nowhere twist in the third act, disregard of your choices, and a lack of resolution to any of its plot threads. While the promising story and gorgeous visuals had me hooked initially, the game tries to juggle too many things and ends up dropping all the balls.

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Sep 2, 2021

Uncover a grim conspiracy and sweet-talk snooty bears in this genre-hopping indie game

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Top Critic

6 / 10
Jul 19, 2021

Backbone is a stylish game, which promising story with some interesting characters takes a disappointing turn by the third chapter. The plot was cut short, which only adds to the general disappointment.

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8 / 10
Jun 7, 2021

Promising and lovely, Backbone can't live up to its stellar early chapters, but there's still a worthwhile experience contained within.

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90 / 100
Jun 7, 2021

Between the clever mechanics, the compelling narrative, and the gorgeous pixel art, there’s a real fire lit beneath you from the very start. If you’re looking for a detective story with glistening fangs, glittering eyes, and sharpened hooks, Backbone will be perfect for you.

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