Backbone

Rating Summary

Based on 17 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

65%

Critics Recommend

Based on 17 critic reviews
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7 / 10
Jun 12, 2021

Backbone is full of potential for greatness and makes a terrific first impression. With its compelling lead and supporting cast, and a fascinating setting full of tantalising lore and mysteries to solve, I spent most of my experience excited to find out where it was all leading. Unfortunately, much of the detective gameplay and plot start to come apart by the end, leading to an oddly inconclusive and unsatisfying conclusion.

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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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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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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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8 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2021

Backbone offers beautiful graphics and evocative music, though it takes some shocking swerves as the plot progresses.

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4 / 5.0
Jun 7, 2021

Even if it's brief and falters during the third act, there's no denying that Backbone is a truly gorgeous and captivating adventure, with an engrossing world that you'll want to see even more of.

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6 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2021

Is Backbone worth a look? Yes, particularly if the idea of playing as an anthropomorphic animal appeals to you. There are times when it’ll have you on tenterhooks and there are several characters that are strong enough to stand out. It’s admirable that this was achieved on a small budget, but ultimately the developers have tried to cram too much in for Backbone to be truly successful.

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