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Try/Buy/Wait: Backbone: Prologue

In Try/Buy/Wait, Checkpoint writers review a game and give you a recommendation on whether to Try the game via demos/buy-and-refund, Buy the masterpiece of a game immediately, or Wait until the game is on sale – letting you know if a game is ultimately worth your money and time.

Your Writer: Blootan
Top 3 Favorite Games: Collar x Malice, Code: Realize, Danganronpa Series
Favorite Genre: Otome Visual Novels
Recently Finished: Katamari Reroll, Black Butterfly, Ashen Hawk
Currently Playing: Backbone Prologue, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
Bio: FGC TO | Co-Organizer of [email protected] | Writer | BEMANI | DRS/SDVX | UNIST | Follow me @superbloo!


Backbone: Prologue – Checkpoint Checklist

—{Audience}—
☑ Beginner
☑ Casual Gamer
☐ Normal Gamer
☐ Expert

—{Art}—
☐ It’s there
☐ Poor
☐ Good
☐ Avante-garde
☑ Gorgeous

—{PC Requirements}—
☑ Toaster
☐ Decent
☐ Mid
☐ High End

—{Story}—
☐ Story?
☐ Text or Audio floating around
☐ Average
☐ Good
☑ Really Good

—{Audio}—
☐ Beats Headphones
☐ Bad
☐ Not bad/Not good
☑ Good
☐ Very good

—{Game Time}—
☐ Really short (0 – 3 hours)
☑ Short (4 – 8 hours)
☐ Standard (10 -25 hours)
☐ Long (40 – 60 hours)
☐ Very Long (61 – 100 hours)
☐ Timesink (100+ hours)

—{Gameplay}—
☐ Painful
☐ Sleepy
☐ Boring
☑ Fun
☐ Challenging
☐ Very Good

—{Graphics}—
☐ Paint.exe
☐ Bad
☑ Decent
☐ Good
☐ Beautiful
☐ You forget what reality is

—{Pricing}—
☑ Free ($0.00 USD)
☐ Cheap ($1-$6 USD)
☐ Not Bad ($7-$19 USD)
☐ Standard AA ($20-$30 USD)
☐ Pricey ($31-$50 USD)
☐ Standard AAA ($60+)

BACKBONE: PROLOGUE

Backbone is a mystery point-and-click adventure set in a dystopianized Vancouver, featuring branching dialogue options, stealth, and exploration. You play as Howard Lotor, a private investigator, looking for an exciting new case to break the monotony of his day-to-day life. Odette Green steps into his office with what seems to be an ordinary domestic dispute, but is it? I wandered the streets of the city speaking to various characters to gain clues to where to start working on this case.

I didn’t know what to expect when I started, but the beautiful 2.5D pixel art mesmerized me. As a big fan of mysteries, the city’s dystopian atmosphere paired with the entrancing jazz soundtrack hooked me. The dialogue is well-written and charming; I quickly grew attached to the characters and setting. Howard is my picture-perfect image of an arrogant, witty detective.

The full release of Backbone is set for 2020. After playing the demo currently available on Steam, I’ll definitely be picking this up day one. Something I love about playing detective adventure games is when I get hooked on the story and writing–I feel like I can’t wait to see what happens next. This game excels at achieving that; the writing, soundtrack, & atmosphere all blend together for a captivating experience.

VERDICT: BUY FULL RELEASE

If you’re a fan of point and click adventure games, or even of visual novels, I highly recommend giving Backbone: Prologue a shot with the demo or picking it up in 2020 for the full release. This game will prove itself to fans of both genres.

Backbone: Prologue was both developed and published by EggNut (@backbonegame) and has been available for FREE since April 24, 2019 via the Steam platform on PC. The full release of Backbone is slated for a 2020 release and is set to be available for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC platforms.

This Try/Buy/Wait Review was inspired thanks to Backbone Prologue – Most Beautiful Pixel Art Game EVER by Yippee Ki Yay Mr Falcon

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