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Developer EggNut has released a Prologue for their noir-inspired detective adventure, one that was funded on Kickstarter that planned Linux support.

Sadly, we're in for a bit of a wait for Backbone: Prologue to have official Linux support. It released on Steam yesterday and when speaking to the developer on Twitter, they said that they will publish to Linux later "probably in a couple of weeks" so if you were sad to see it Windows only fear not as it is coming. Looks really good too, see for yourself in the trailer below:

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A little more about what to expect from it:

Backbone's gameplay is a new take on point-and-click adventure, featuring stealth, exploration and extensive branching dialogues inspired by classic CRPGs. As Howard, you must traverse the different districts of a now walled-off Vancouver, sniff out clues, collect evidence, interrogate witnesses, and choose which leads to follow.

Inspired by film noir, Backbone will submerge you into its dark dystopian atmosphere. 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. Original doom jazz soundtrack will keep you on the edge with the enveloping veil of bebop and cinematic soundscapes, where every sound tells a story.

You can follow it along on Steam or try it with Steam Play if you wish. I'm just happy to know the Linux version wasn't cancelled, which happens with crowdfunding sometimes.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Eike 25 April 2019 at 2:01 pm UTC
Cool! I heard about the game and was sad it didn't seem to support Linux. Will happily wait.
Eike 25 April 2019 at 2:19 pm UTC
Ah, I see the full game is still/already with Linux/SteamOS icon:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/865610/Backbone/
ThreeEightySix 25 April 2019 at 3:02 pm UTC
It sounds pretty snappy! Will check it out when it is released for Linux.
riusma 25 April 2019 at 3:05 pm UTC
It reminds me the (excellent) comics BLACKSAD, which ironically is coming as a video game soon (on Steam).
Arehandoro 25 April 2019 at 4:14 pm UTC
riusmaIt reminds me the (excellent) comics BLACKSAD, which ironically is coming as a video game soon (on Steam).

And from Pendulo Studios! They used to make great point & click games (imho)
Eike 25 April 2019 at 5:01 pm UTC
ArehandoroAnd from Pendulo Studios! They used to make great point & click games (imho)

I loved Yesterday!

... but not a single Linux game. :-(
Arehandoro 25 April 2019 at 6:27 pm UTC
Eike
ArehandoroAnd from Pendulo Studios! They used to make great point & click games (imho)

I loved Yesterday!

... but not a single Linux game. :-(

Yeah, that's crap.
Phlebiac 25 April 2019 at 9:54 pm UTC
Eike
ArehandoroAnd from Pendulo Studios! They used to make great point & click games (imho)

... but not a single Linux game. :-(

FWIW, I played all 3 Runaway games with WINE, years ago. Presumably they would work well with Proton.
flesk 26 April 2019 at 12:22 pm UTC
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I remember the Pendulo games as being pretty hit and miss. I played through the Runaway trilogy and Yesterday, and of those only the first Runaway game and Yesterday were memorable (in a good way), if I remember correctly.

I also remember a scene from the second game well, where the protagonist takes a break from looking for his kidnapped, possibly dead, girlfriend to sleep with another woman, and afterwards do a silly victory dance on the beach.

If they make a Linux game, I'll give it a new chance, but otherwise I'm not so interested in what they're doing these days.

Backbone, on the other hand, looks very cool.

EDIT: I managed to track down some stuff I wrote about the two first Runaways in 2012:

Spoiler, click me
I played Runaway when it first came out and I remember enjoying it very much. Last year I bought the trilogy and replayed it. I still liked it, probably somewhat due to nostalgia, despite some pixel hunting annoying me a bit more this time around. Dream of the Turtle was also slightly entertaining and had some good puzzles, but the English voice acting was just plain awful. Especially so in the pirate segment of the game. It wasn't top notch in the first either, but it was a lot more apparent in this one. Also, it's more apparent that Brian isn't a very likeable character, and this doesn't help the game either. I've had to take a break from the trilogy after this game to be able to give the third instalment a fair chance.


Last edited by flesk at 26 April 2019 at 12:29 pm UTC
Cyril 26 April 2019 at 2:36 pm UTC
In the Steam page's requirements: DirectX: Version 12

I hope they won't "surprisingly" have issues with the Linux port...
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