In Deponia, the world has degenerated into a vast garbage dump, in which the crotchety Rufus ekes out his sorry existence.
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Release Date: Aug 6, 2012

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Includes 5 items: Deponia, Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes, Memoria, The Night of the Rabbit, The Whispered World Special Edition

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Includes 11 items: Deponia, Chaos on Deponia, Goodbye Deponia, The Whispered World Special Edition, The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav, A New Beginning - Final Cut, Memoria, The Night of the Rabbit, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes, 1954 Alcatraz

 

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"There's only one word to describe the game: terrific! Lucasarts from Germany!"
88/100 – GameStar

"A brilliantly absurd story, a fitting comic style and strong speakers."
90/100 – GamingXP

"Deponia's tale of love, loss, and all-out comedy is a beautifully constructed piece of point-and-click heaven.“
80/100 – Gamespot

About This Game

Daedalic Entertainment, once called “Lucasarts from Germany“ by the GameStar magazine, invites the players into a fantastic comedy adventure that revolves around a crazy love story of Rufus and Goal.

In Deponia, the world has degenerated into a vast garbage dump, in which the crotchety Rufus ekes out his sorry existence. He is part of the lowest social class, doomed to live his life in literal mountains of trash. He hopes for an opportunity to get into the world of the rich, who live in a floating city high above the clouds. Fate seems to smile on the snotty good-for-nothing when one day the attractive lady named Goal from the higher sector plummets into one of the trash heaps. Rufus decides to help the young woman out by taking her back to her husband. When he notices that Goal's husband is a dead ringer for himself, he hatches a diabolical scheme to gain access to the upper world. However, things don't work out quite as planned, since he has feelings for the beauty which limits his usual unscrupulousness.

Help Rufus, the poor boy from the junkyard, to win over the girl from heaven. Only with this rich girl from his dreams he might be able to escape Deponia and, unexpectedly, to save the planet.

Key Features:

  • Unique comic style with hand-drawn HD resolution 2D graphics

  • Bizarre characters and wacky humor

  • Challenging puzzles and hours of dialogue

  • Unique universe in the tradition of Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Terry Pratchett (Discworld) and Matt Groening (The Simpsons, Futurama)

  • From the creators of the award-winning games Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes and The Whispered World

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista/7
    • Processor:2.5 GHz (Single Core) or 2 GHz (Dual Core)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 512 MB RAM (Shared Memory is not recommended)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HDD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows Vista/7
    • Processor:2.5 GHz (Single Core) or 2 GHz (Dual Core)
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 512 MB RAM (Shared Memory is not recommended)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HDD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS:MacOS X Lion (10.7)
    • Processor: 2 GHz (Dual Core) Intel
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:3.5 GB HDD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04 (64 Bit only)
    • Processor:2.5 GHz Single Core Processor or 2 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 256 MB RAM (Shared Memory is not recommended)
    • Hard Drive:1.8 GB HDD space
    • Sound:OpenAL compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 14.04 (64 Bit only)
    • Processor:2.5 GHz Single Core Processor or 2 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 256 MB RAM (Shared Memory is not recommended)
    • Hard Drive:1.8 GB HDD space
    • Sound:OpenAL compatible
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Resonant Drifter
10.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
In an attempt to escape his junkyard existance, Rufus runs head on into a mystery that will put him on an adventure to save his garbage dump and all the unique characters in it!

PROS:
  • Really good art!
  • Voiceovers are done well
  • Unique characters
  • Some good puzzles

CONS:
  • Story... what's the story again?
  • Puzzles devolve into pixel hunts
  • Unclear/too many objectives at times
  • Some zany/weird dialogue

I really, really wanted to love this game. The art looked amazing. The dialogue reminded me of something out of old adventure games like Monkey Island. The atmosphere seemed unique. In the end, however, I found myself lost a lot of the time trying to figure out what to do next. When I knew what I had to do, I found myself searching around random areas trying to find anything that I could use to help me solve the puzzles because it wasn't clear what I needed. Most of the time I found frustration. If it's on a great sale, try it out and see if you like it. $20 is sadly too much.
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Destiel
4.1 hrs
Posted: September 23
awesome game!
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heidi
8.8 hrs
Posted: September 17
I like this game for a few reasons: it has got the detailed cartoon graphics I happen to like, the main character is likable even if they try to tell you he isn't and I like the setting of the story. And boy, that's good enough for me!

Great entertainment of which I would happily pay the full price, but didn't as I got it at a rediculously low price on a discounted bundle on a weekend sale. Can't wait to play the other Deponia games.

ps. It was a little too short from awesome.
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TokraZeno
5.6 hrs
Posted: September 17
"Blech, Gnats ♥♥♥♥" - Rufus

I got Deponia in a bundle including 4 other games, so I got my moneys worth out of it. That said, $1 isn't a lot to throw away.

Deponia is NOT worth $20.

It's a short, shallow post-apocalyptic world with no real attempt at world building (which is sad as the espresso machine showed that it could have had potential), with an unlikable main character (Being by design doesn't make it any better), puzzles that require out of game knowledge (Not everyone has heard of phosphorescence), and a pretentious end of act cutscenes that aren't adding anything to the narrative.

Since they've been compared to LucasArts in the description, I feel I should say that this wouldn't even be Act 1 of a Monkey Island game.

Rufus is the perfect mascot for this franchise - A self centered egotist who thinks they're a lot cleverer than they are.
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Muchness
6.6 hrs
Posted: September 16
Fantastic, beautiful, creative and full of fabulous poetic verse and wonderful wording. Hooks you in to continue the series, highly recommended as part of the Deponia Complete Journey Collection!
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HITOMI
10.5 hrs
Posted: September 16
a very good story...and you must buy all deponia series and you will not dispointed.
try to get it on sale, because its a little pricey
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
A cool point-n-click adventure game by Daedalic Entertainment.

Deponia

The game has reminded me of some point-n-click mysterious adventure games which I've loved to play, but this one has fine and unique comic style graphics, seriously impressed me when I saw this game from Steam's Queue. Never been told to play this one, so I managed to figure it out by myself, and it's true! This game has so many preferential features from its steampunk world to puns. The game also has rather lengthy story but you can still enjoy it (and there are lots of silly plots in here).

You will be playing as a reckless guy named Rufus, who has a strange sense of humour (he's basically amusing and smart), and you will start with a tutorial you cannot skip it because it is the part of story, uhm maybe (I forget)? . It's like an introduction to character, and you barely find yourself fall in love with this game. You can also choose preference for the control, since it is just a 2D and point-n-click style game, you don't have to do many things with WASD stuff, the control is absolutely simple and easy. You can also skip events and movement, for example when Rufus talks too much or NPC becomes boring because you click him/her several times, or you want to travel faster.

Let's talk about the puzzles, some puzzles are requiring some efforts, not simple like you think that's why the game becomes more challenging and fun, sometimes you manage them by trial and error, or you can be so confused because there are so many missing parts that you can't even find (there isn't any hint button) which means you need extra efforts to pay attention what Rufus/NPCs say. Good things you are given considerable space to save your game in case of need. There isn't Game Over to this thing (let's say Rufus is untouchable), you just have to solve the riddles.

However, the game is a little bit difficult for some new players who are not familiar with riddles, like I say some puzzles may be too hard to solve, but it's kind of a new challenge for those who want to give some efforts, Deponia is still enjoyable. It can also be played with kids who love puzzle!

TL;DR:

Pros:
-Affordable price
-Amusing characters and Puns
-Controls are easy
-Different difficulty for puzzles
-Music is decent
-Obviously cool graphic and art
-Great story

Cons:
-Some bugs can be encountered while playing
-Puzzles are sometimes too hard for new players
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Pretty funny point-and-click. Story is ok. Puzzles weren't too confusing and most of them have a pretty obvious way of solving them.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Great game last achievment is made by Satan himself
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
An all-round excellent Point'n Click adventure.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Really fun and clever game, worth the price, but you might just want to go for the completed saga version that is out now.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Rufus is the main male character. Goal is the main female character.

Rufus has to dust off his chip in order to put it inside Goal´s brain

No surprise Germans are behind this game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
145 of 169 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Daedalic is no LucasArts, not being backed by some insanely popular moneymaking franchises that rhyme with Mar Bars or Diana Clones. But the LucasArts we knew isn’t coming back, so I suspect it’s a good try it if you’ve got a hankering for that style of gameplay (with a similar amount of difficulty).

In contrast to its clear inspirations found in series such as Monkey Island, it suffers from production iffiness issues such as variable voice acting and animation quality (in the English version, there are some nasty translation-isms throughout, and multiple lines of that sort where they clearly stressed a word in a sentence that wasn’t the one that should have been stressed), as well as an indecisiveness as to what constitutes an appropriate style of fourth-wall breaking.

Much to the game’s credit, however, the setting is a unique junkyard world and the protagonist Rufus (at least at the start) is more the sort of guy you might expect a point-and-click adventure game kleptomaniac vandal to be: a near-irredeemable jerk. Unfortunately, people are all too willing to point this out to his face, which sometimes works in the story’s favor and sometimes doesn’t. Moreover, there are a lot of artistic details in the world that you simply can’t click on and have Rufus snark about, which is something of a must to get a real feel for an adventure game world’s presence.

One thing that is much nicer than typical old-school examples is that you don’t have to do the pixel-hunting if you don’t want to (hold space to see the interactive spots), and most of the time, you don’t have to watch a slow walk animation just to explore the map (double-click to fast forward through navigational arrows).

Finally, the game is kind of crashy in a few spots (at least the Mac version is), so you may want to do some saving on top of the auto-saving. Some achievements are skippable, but at least one achievement guide in the Steam community is relatively spoiler free.

For all its flaws, the game is usually about as funny as it thinks it is, so at least I can say I enjoyed it. Nonetheless, this game has some mature humor, so don’t get too fooled by the cutesy noseless art; it’s not really for kids.

Droggeljug.
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92 of 98 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Deponia
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Genre Tags: Point & Click; Adventure; Charming; Funny
  • My Overall Grade: A-
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 5-9 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Casual gamers

REVIEW
Deponia is a highly entertaining point-and-click misadventure with lovable characters, an interesting world, and wacky humor. If you like adventure games and goofy narratives, then look no further. It should be a pretty easy game to enjoy for most fans of the genre.

The crazy characters and zany game-world combined with the pleasing art style and soundscape make Deponia charming and atmospheric. This alluring ambiance is definitely the backbone of the game. And as everything else falls into place, the overall presentation of the game just exudes an aura of “enjoyability” that is hard to defy.

Interestingly, the music and sound effects really play a much larger than usual role in the establishment of the ambiance. Relatedly, even the voice-acting in this game is not only well above the standard for the genre, but also objectively well performed. The end result shows how these elements can really help elevate the overall presentation of a game when they’re handled with care.

As far as gameplay goes: it is pretty standard for the genre. The puzzles are decently challenging and mostly fair; although some of the solutions don’t really make sense in terms of real-world thinking. You must remember to think in terms of the wacky logic of the game-world when solving puzzles. Sometimes it can be a little frustrating because it is hard to think like that. I suppose that if you get truly flabbergasted, you could always check a guide. Regardless of how you make it past the confusing parts, the rest of the presentation of the game is well worth experiencing.

So if you are a fan of point-and-click games, Deponia should be a good bet for you. You definitely should beware of the outside-the-box (inside-the-game) logic, but in my opinion, it is one of the features of the game that makes it unique and worth playing.

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74 of 77 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2015
A point-to-click adventure game in 2D environment with comic style characters that utilizes ridiculously humourous dialogues; which is why its so fun to play!!

Its all about a bold, stubborn and egocentric boy called Rufus who listens to no one but his own thoughts. The only thing he wants is to leave Deponia- planet of junkyard and to go to Elysium which is a floating city above the planet that holds all the beauty and wealth.
Everyone, including his close friends tell him he is a maniac and can never succeed in his stupid plans of leaving deponia. But as the attractive lady called Goal from higher sector falls into the trash heaps of deponia and she needs to go back; Rufus assumes that helping her and taking her back to her fiancé would be his only salvation.

Some characters are weird, some are cranky and grumpy but all are really full of amusement. Most of the ideas that Rufus gets to escape from junkyard is by talking to different kind of people that show less politeness and more of a sarcasm. Most of the dialogues are often packed with lot of humor which will make you laugh out loud. The voice acting is top notch which is why i found the game really amusing and didn't stop playing.

The puzzles in the game were quite difficult(especially for me). Rufus has to collect weird stuff in his inventory; combining some of them together to make them work and to proceed his mission of leaving deponia. Finding the right tools and items was a difficult task.

Backgrounds are colourful that even the whole junk and heaps of trashs seems to hold beauty in them.

In the end i want to say i loved this game a lot. It has unusual love story. I recommend this game, even to those who are not fan of such games. But you should try something different, as different is sometimes cool!
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Let me start off by saying that I am new to point-and-click games. I bought the Deponia trilogy when it went on sale for $14 on greenmangaming. Worth? I think so. I really liked the story because it has it's funny moments. But I suppose because I am new to this genre, I would often find myself stuck and wondering what do next. If it wasn't for online walkthroughs I would never have completed this game. But after completing it with much help, I'm glad I picked it up. It was fun, memorable, and something that I am not used to playing. I suppose trying something new was what made this game refreshing for me. I would recommend it for that reason alone. Buy if on sale.
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