If you’re totally interested in solving mysteries or exploring the post-Noir dystopian world, you’ll love to play. spine.. It contains elements of visual novels, but in reality you have to travel around the world, interact with things, solve puzzles and advance the story.
You play as a strange version of Vancouver’s private detective, a raccoon named Howard Rotor. There are zones in the city, and there is a division between animal species that only shouts dystopia. Through Howard’s observations and experience, you come across quite a few stereotypes about people living in this particular zone of Post Noir Vancouver, and yourself as a raccoon.
I don’t remember how long ago I first met spineBut I was browsing Steam’s free games and prologues trying to find something to fill the lazy afternoon.After playing Backbone: Prologue, I was crazy about it. I wanted more games as soon as possible. Unfortunately, I have to wait a long time for the developers to finish working on the game, Their hilarious Twitter feed It’s full of raccoon memes.
I checked the Steam Wishlist and found that I added it. spine It was added to the wishlist in October 2019 and the game was not released until June 2021. I didn’t buy it when the game was finally released almost two years later. I was just disappointed to see quite a few games released with high expectations from the general public (* cough * Cyberpunk 2077), I was hesitant to buy before seeing the reviews.
After that, the reviews were mixed and I kept finding excuses for not buying Backbone and forgot about the game until I saw it on the Xbox Game Pass. After finally playing, if the game looks interesting, you can just play it. Critics’ reviews and user reviews aren’t everything. Your opinion about the game is almost always different from other individuals on the planet.
spine It begins just like the prologue, with Howard meeting a new client and deciding whether to take on her case. Odette in the photo below is worried about her husband, who has been missing for quite some time. It’s up to you to understand what happened to him and report to Odette when she solves the mystery.
When I first played the prologue, I thought the game would be a series of these individual cases, like the Sherlock Holmes case. Instead, the entire game spirals from this single case. While Howard is trying to solve this single mystery, he continues to uncover secrets from people of all kinds and find more and more information.
In the game, you can walk left and right and sometimes climb when needed. As you walk around the world, a yellow icon pops up if anyone can talk to or interact with you. The ending of the game is set regardless of which dialog option you select, but doing so makes a difference between what you learn through your adventure and what you have at the end.
If Howard says he doesn’t like the character, the conversation usually just ends and there is no way to go back and undo the first choice. So you need to be aware of what you really want to say and how much you want to push people for information. There is a risk of being shut down or discovered.
You need to solve some “puzzles” to move forward, but they are pretty obvious. For example, you need to climb a building, but the ladder may be a little too high. And it’s amazing! There are tools nearby that you can pick up and use to lower the ladder. These elements of the game were simple, but great because I was able to stay immersed in the experience.
It’s a short experience, but overall, I’m glad I played. Of course, I’m not going to give you an ending, but I think you can understand where the mixed reviews came from.Like the last episode of how i met your motherBut just because you don’t like the ending, you can’t throw away something really great.
If you have Xbox Game PassYou can try spine Free now.If not, you can buy the game vapor, Xbox, PlaystationAlso Epic Games..Or, if you want to check if the game is in your alley before spending money, you can play Backbone: Prologue Free on Steam. spine It will later appear on Nintendo Switch, Apple devices, and Linux systems, but it’s not ready yet.