Backbone — noir dystopian adventure

Created by EggNut

Backbone is a pixel art noir detective adventure. Step into the shoes of Howard Lotor, a raccoon private eye. Interrogate witnesses through branching dialogues inspired by classic CRPGs, sneak through diverse districts of a now walled-off dystopian Vancouver, sniff out clues, and choose which leads to follow.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Backbone is coming to PS4!
over 3 years ago – Thu, May 24, 2018 at 12:43:23 AM

Great news, everybody! With funds from Kickstarter and now PayPal, we just achieved our first stretch goal - PS4 port! Congratulations, and let's keep pushing to see Switch and Xbox ports in the next few days.

Thank you very much!

Love, Eggnut

PayPal now available
over 3 years ago – Tue, May 22, 2018 at 07:37:12 PM

Dear friends,

After many questions about this, we opened up a new payment option for those who can't use credit cards but still want to support Backbone. 

Click here to proceed
Click here to proceed

Just press the PayPal button and pledge the amount for the tier (and add-ons) you'd like to get. You will receive a survey from BackerKit at the same time as Kickstarter backers, where you'll be able to specify what tier and rewards you'd like to get. 

We'd love to use this opportunity to tell you about other awesome Kickstarter campaigns - let's spread the love for crowdfunding! For those keen on pixel art and old school RPGs, we strongly recommend checking out Stoneshard campaign — it's a fresh take on roguelike genre, inspired by classic games like ADOM and modern masterpieces like Darkest Dungeon.

Stoneshard on Kickstarter

Until next time!

Love, Eggnut

Backbone is funded! 1 week to go!
over 3 years ago – Sun, May 20, 2018 at 01:50:14 AM

Dear friends,

You helped fund Backbone on Kickstarter! Thank you very much for your support and believing in us. We can't even start to imagine how incredibly lucky we are to have this amazing community. There is still one week to go for this campaign, and stretch goals to achieve, but we already have more than enough to prove that dreams do come true. We have you!

Thank you!

Grateful for your support, Eggnut team: Maria, Nikita, Alex, Kirill, Toma, Kristina <3

P.S.: In case you missed the previous update, here are the new Stretch Goals! More to come:

How Backbone Dioramas are made
over 3 years ago – Fri, May 18, 2018 at 05:31:23 PM

Dear friends,

We're now 90% funded - only a little bit is left to reach the main goal, and with 9 more days we have no doubt we'll make it. Thank you very much! We adjusted the primary stretch goals thanks to careful planning, so now porting to all consoles will be possible when we reach CA$80 000! We'll keep working hard on spreading the word about Backbone to make this a reality <3

Today we wanted to give you a sneak peek into the process of hand crafting Backbone dioaramas, These take approximately 10 hours to make, and there are only TWENTY available in the world. We're not going to produce more, so make sure to grab one now if you love it - it's included into the limited tier "The Witness"! 

Here's how it's made:

Compose a scene from the game sprites
Compose a scene from the game sprites
Print these sprites and stick them to a special foam and cut them by hand around every pixel
Print these sprites and stick them to a special foam and cut them by hand around every pixel
Paint the edges with custom mixed paint so they look neat from every side
Paint the edges with custom mixed paint so they look neat from every side
Place everything in the frame to create the 2.5D look
Place everything in the frame to create the 2.5D look

Hope you enjoyed that and let us know in the comments what other rewards you'd like to know more about! 

Love, Eggnut

HUGE rewards and tiers upgrade!
over 3 years ago – Tue, May 15, 2018 at 10:33:24 PM

Dear friends,

We were looking at our rewards the other day and decided to give some of them a boost, so you could get more out of supporting us on Kickstarter, and maybe feel like upgrading your pledge. If you can’t upgrade your pledge right now - that’s totally fine, please don’t feel pressured into doing this, every bit of support towards our common goal counts!


From this moment, every tier from CA$45 (The Officer, The Detective) and higher will include a personally SIGNED postcard with gratitude from our team. You heard it right - even if it takes signing 1000 postcards and our hands falling off in the process, we’re ready to do this, so you can have a nice memory from the day you supported our dream. Thank you. 

Important: Tiers that already include a postcard (from CA$65 and higher) will now include two - one signed and one blank. This offer is limited to one signed postcard per backer, and exclusive to Kickstarter, so you won’t be able to get it as an add-on after the campaign ends. We will also start sending these postcards to you right away after the surveys, so you will receive them this Autumn.


Previously, this tier included only the custom pixel art portrait. Now it will also get you a feature in Vancouver Newspaper sent to backers with tiers CA$65 and higher, as well as in the game and the game credits. 

That’s an awesome tier to feature your fursonas and original characters in Backbone! You can become a famous bulldog movie star on a film poster, a raccoon jewelry thief, or a lion lawyer who just lost all his fortune - we’ll give you a couple of stories and placements to pick from, and you can pick your own character species and their name.


We added 3 additional backer slots for this popular limited tier! Create your own NPC in collaboration with us: write a backstory and dialogue, pick a species and design their clothes - leave a mark in Backbone's world.


We gave our most expensive tier a significant revamp. The Great Ape now costs CA$2000 and includes tons of cool stuff. Limited to 3 backers only, so grab it while it’s still there!

Congratulations, you are lucky to be born into the ruling elite of Backbone's Vancouver - one of The Great Apes, founders of this world! As a symbol of our everlasting gratitude, we want to offer you:  

* One of the streets in Backbone's Vancouver named after you 

* A prominent character designed with your help (it could be one of The Great Apes!) and named after you 

* Your name in Game Credits under "Executive Producer"

+ ALL physical rewards signed by our team: Artbook, Poster, Postcard, Newspaper, Physical copy of the game, T-shirt. 

+ ALL limited rewards: Backbone Diorama, Detective Case, Backbone Concept Art

Let us know in the comments what other rewards and tiers you'd love to see! That's all for now, but we'll be coming back soon with more stories about Backbone and development process. Thank you so much for your support!

Love, Eggnut