Let’s get this out of the way in which: Backbone is furry as all heck. Now I’ve stated it, we are able to transfer on. From what I’ve performed of its free demo, launched tonight, it’s additionally a well-written and gorgeously illustrated noir detective journey, developed by EggNut. Set in an alternate Earth the place the individuals are anthropomorphic animals, Howard Lotor is a raccoon P.I., on the path of what appears to be a dishonest husband. In fact, it’s by no means that straightforward. There’s medication, intrigue, sassy dames and peril, and a stunning soundtrack too. Grab the demo here, and take a peek on the trailer beneath.
It’s not each day I can say I insulted a Squirrel (and his mom) till he agreed to assist me. I want it was, although. Whereas I’ve not accomplished the prologue chapter but, I’ve acquired no complaints about what I’ve performed thus far. The artwork is gorgeous, a combination of detailed, chunky pixel-art and subdued, hazy lighting. It’s just about an unofficial Blacksad recreation, though there’s an official one in the works, too. What steals the present for me is the writing. There’s a fantastic sense of this being Howard’s neighbourhood. He has historical past with plenty of the random of us you possibly can meet on the road. Lengthy, meandering however believable branching dialogues construct his backstory.
Curiously, it’s not fully a point-and-click journey. For many of the demo, you’ll simply be strolling round utilizing the keyboard, hitting a single button to speak to individuals, and quantity keys to select dialogue choices. It’s solely whenever you zoom in on a probably clue-laden scene (or Howard’s messy desk in want of tidying) that you simply’ll want your mouse pointer. It’s a curious method, however reduces pixel-hunting to successfully nil. If Howard spots one thing attention-grabbing, you’ll get a pleasant clear interplay immediate, and whenever you zoom in, all the things within the scene is apparent. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see if the total recreation can ship good puzzles whereas nonetheless sustaining the streamlined controls. I do hope so.