Indie development studio EggNut has released a playable demo for its upcoming pixel art detective adventure game Backbone. The full game releases in 2020.
In Backbone players step into the shoes of anthropomorphic raccoon and private eye Howard Lotor and explore the beautifully rendered 2.5D pixel art environments of dystopian Vancouver.
The game is said to be a new take on point-and-click adventure, featuring stealth, exploration, and extensive branching dialogues inspired by classic RPGs. As Howard, players must traverse the diverse districts of a now walled-off Vancouver, sniff out clues, collect evidence, interrogate witnesses, and choose which leads to follow.
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.
Backbone is scheduled to release in 2020 for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The Prologue demo is available for download via Steam.