Posted:  Jan 30, 2023
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Backfirewall_ is a first-person adventure game that takes place inside of a smartphone on the verge of...updating? As the update assistant who has now gained full autonomy, you hold the fate of the system in your hands. Will you save OS9, a chatty and humorous interpretation of the old OS, or will you let the update happen and give the world a fresh reboot. Traverse through the smartphone and solve puzzles, meet unique characters, find bunches of collectables, and save the phone from impending "doom".

Before 3 weeks ago, I had no idea this game existed, but I am so glad to have discovered it. I enjoyed the humor and setting, as well as the minimalistic graphics compared to the more complex 3D games. In the end, this unknown game captured my attention and I loved the experience I got. And the best part about this, enjoying this on the Steam Deck is almost a guarantee!

Backfirewall_: Performance

When first booting up the game, I was delighted to see it running better than I expected. 60 FPS with no setting changes (the game starts on max settings) was wonderful to see. It did hold up for awhile too, but I did start to notice some slowdowns later in the game. This started after getting out of the first area. I did have to change a couple settings at that point, bringing quality to medium and a FPS cap of 55, but I had no more issues after that! You could increase TDP and keep at 60, but the battery savings were much more appealing with 55, which felt just as smooth.

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Other than that, there are a couple of little trouble spots I found that took deeper looking to find. The most obvious was actually a single standing light in the first area. Walking around was completely fine, but going up to it would cause dips to 14-20 FPS. As soon as I walked away though, the game would go right back up to the correct framerate.


I did feel the camera movement speed was a bit on the slow side for my taste, but overall, I had no issues running the game. The controls worked fine, with a slight adjustment to camera speed, and no graphical problems at all.


Backfirewall_ is a fantastic first-person game with a story that shines with its humor and setting. The puzzles require some thinking, but won't completely break your mind. I loved seeing this interpretation of what it would be like inside of a smartphone. Thanks to how the game is made and how easy it is to run, Backfirewall_ also feels amazing on the Steam Deck. I wish I had known about this game earlier, but I am so glad I do now!

Our review is based on the PC version of this game.

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Backfireall_ is a humorous puzzle game set inside a smartphone with an old OS trying to hold onto power. Thankfully, you will be able to experience this wonderful game in all of its glory on the Steam Deck!

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Noah Kupetsky
A lover of gaming since 4, Noah has grown up with a love and passion for the industry. From there, he started to travel a lot and develop a joy for handheld and PC gaming. When the Steam Deck released, it just all clicked.
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