In Deponia, the world has degenerated into a vast garbage dump, in which the crotchety Rufus ekes out his sorry existence.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,134 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 6, 2012

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"Everything is beautifully drawn and the characters animate well enough. The voice acting has the right amount of charm to it as does the music. "
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November 14

Deponia - Patch 3.2 scheduled for Monday 17.11.2014

Hi everyone,

we’re happy to announce that we are releasing the patch 3.2 for Deponia on Monday 17th, 2014.

This update brings Deponia to the engine and patch level of Deponia - The Complete Journey, containing performance improvements and several hundred bugfixes throughout the game. But that also means that you will need to re-download the whole game. Savegames will stay compatible.

Please note that there might be some bugs included in your savegames which can’t be solved by the patch. In that case, please contact our support team via support@daedalic.de. They have already prepared all potentially necessary savegames for you!

Changelog Deponia 3.2

Fixed low frame rate on some systems
Fixed possible plotstopper on the Operator's Platform
Fixed problems with the Droggeljug mode and achievement for some players
Fixed black screen problem for players with Retina Macs
Added Portuguese language
Added Linux platform

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Reviews

"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

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • 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:Linux x86_64
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
84 of 88 people (95%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
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Graphics:
+ wonderful backgrounds
+ good hand drawn animations
+ beautiful cutscenes

Balance:
+ optional object display
+ always fair
- no journal or puzzle help

Sound:
+ nice dynamic backround music
+ good english speakers

Game Size:
+ 10+ playtime
+ many scenes
- barely replayability
- fast ending with outstanding issues

Others:
+ pretty secondary characters
+ fantastically funny writing
+ compelling love story

Deponia stars Rufus who is probably the least likely person to be a hero in a game I’ve played in ages. He’s lazy, stubborn, not exceptionally bright, unorganized, and he keeps chucking himself into the sky only to come crashing down; you’d think he would’ve gotten the point by now and learned the sky isn’t having none of his shenanigans. Did I mention that he also reeks of Guybrush Threepwood charm? Fortunately enough all this makes for the perfect combination of characters in a story that’s just as wacky as the inhabitants of a city made of trash.

The only downside to the wonderful animation is that it's often difficult to pick out objects you can interact with, given that they blend so neatly into the background.
Rather handily, you can press the spacebar to highlight all the interactive objects in a scene, but oddly, this rather useful feature isn't pointed out to you at all during the game.
Objects that you pick up like Rufus' mouldy sock are placed into your inventory, which means that yes, you have to make sure you pick up everything in a given scene, lest you have to trek back for it later in order to solve a puzzle.

Still, while some puzzles leave you scratching your head in confusion for a while, the mostly sensible solutions make for a satisfying experience.
Breaking up all the object puzzling are simple minigames, such as solving a jigsaw of broken mosaic pieces, or testing your spatial awareness with rotating block puzzles.
There's even the odd conversational puzzle to deal with too. A process of trial and error means they're hardly taxing, but thanks to some fantastic writing and voice acting and the collection of characters, those exchanges are wonderfully entertaining.
Best of all is an exchange with a malfunctioning postal robot that mixes clever wordplay with a ludicrous subject for a charmingly funny and increasingly complex barrage of rhyme.

Unfortunately, it all ends rather abruptly. Just as things really begin to heat up and you think the many questions raised are to be answered, the game stops. It's a crushing disappointment. To add insult to injury, the game flashes up a "The End…?

So the game looks absolutely gorgeous. Everything is beautifully drawn and the characters animate well enough. I’d say my only complaints are that things you can interact with are completely blended into the environment due to the art style and that the animations could use a few more frames.
Thankfully the first issue is alleviated by pressing the space bar to show an icon on any objects you can interact with. The voice acting has the right amount of charm to it as does the music.

Score: 86 / 100


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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
A fantastic adventure game, featuring some extremely intelligent riddles that require deep thinking. At the same time, it narrates a beautiful story, one that takes place in a setting very different than those of most games.
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28 of 43 people (65%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
If you love story/point and click games. This HAS to be in your collection, the entire trilogy <3
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
I really, really want to like this game. I really, really do. The art is pretty, and I usually love point-and-click adventure games with comedic bends, but Deponia just falls flat. Some of the jokes are pretty funny, but Rufus falls on the wrong side of the line between "charming/witty/loveable jerk" and just plain "jerk" more often than not. It's really difficult for me to enjoy playing a game when the main character grates on me so badly.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Awesome point and click adventure!

One of my favorite adventures of all time - and I've played Quest for Glory, Kings Quest (and all others "Quest") and Monkey's Island A LOT. This game is full of win only by being together on this list with such glorious games from the past.

It's good enough to remind me a lot of good games from Sierra and Lucasarts - which I have great respect and a forever earned place on my game shelf as they made my childhood gaming -, while remains original and fresh at the same time.
Not by case, Daedalic used to be called "Lucasarts from Germany". You do not earn a "title" like this by not being awesome, folks.

The graphics are astonishing for an adventure that simple.

The story is rich and lovely, part of a 3 chapters arc - Deponia, Chaos on Deponia and Goodbye Deponia (buy all the series at once if you can and enjoy the full experience).

The gameplay has nothing new, LMB, RMB will be your bread and butter. The scroll wheel is your utility knife to open and close the inventory.

The puzzles are amazingly made, fun to complete. Some of them will make you think hard.

At last, no definetely not the least, the humour... ah, the humour! The cherry and cream of the top at the same time. You'll be caught so many times laughing so hard. The characters are finely developed, the voiceover fulfils its role (you may want to try it on German aswell, the original language, while using subs). Hard to tell some of those genial jokes without spoiling the details.

There are two specific funny as hell scenes that I love: one of them involves cats and the other one a post delivery robot and its predilection for bubble wrap.

It's getting harder and harder put the hands on titles like this, focused on a new and captivating story, with a fine sense of humour.

This game, trust me, definitely worths its full price, but if you see this marvelous piece of art with a discount, so, man, what you waiting for?? Grab it! Grab multiple copies and install on all yours PCs, give it to your mom, give it to your GF, ex-GF, ex-wives, spread and sow the seeds of love and awesomeness to all yours friends!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
This is the funniest game I've played in a long time and also a new favorite. Point and click games were never really my thing but this one doesn't disappoint. Rufus and crew are hilarious, the story is good and the puzzles are challenging without being frustrating. I highly recommend this to fans of point and click and/or comedy. :D
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Germany. Elegant cars, cold winter, awesome beer. Ok, I'm definitely relying too much on stereotypes, but from now on we could surely add "very nice point and click adventure games" to that list. Interesting enough, german developers released a lot of good adventure games in the last few years, becoming probably the main contributor to this little "renaissance" of the point and click genre. And Deponia is one the best examples.

Someone described Daedalic as "the European Lucasarts" and I'm not entirely sure I can agree to that, but their games are solid. Very good story, challenging puzzles, polished graphics, everything is surely above average, Deponia is definitely a nice game. Characters are crazy enough to make you often laugh, A LOT of location to explore, non linear puzzle solving, and Daedalic recently added new languages, which is always kind. As a first chapter of a trilogy Deponia works just fine, the player is always pushed to play more to see how the plot will evolve. I got stuck two or three times, which is great in my opinion, 'cause it means they focused a lot on the intellectual challenge of the game and not only on the narrative side.

Definitely worth a shot, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Good game with a nice story.

✓ Nice story.
✓ Great sound track and voice act.

✖ Sometimes annoying with hard puzzles.
(puzzles can be skiped but the achievement will be missed)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Excellent and pretty easy Point&Click-Adventure. If you like good story telling and humour based on a slapstick AND sophisticated level, then play this trilogy. You'll not regret it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
In a nutshell, a cute point and click adventure game. Sad that the main character was completely self-centered, but in the end, as in most games, he redeemed himself. Enjoyed playing it, but the price was a little steep.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Awesome adventure game! in depth characters, and great plot! as well as being a challenge, some of the puzzles I definately had to think outside the box a bit... but I enjoyed every minute.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Nice one,looking forward to the 4th of the series.

However its very hard to me because many cases there are not any instructions or tips to let you know what you should do,and lots of stuffs in my inv also sometimes make me confused,but have to admit that the game can give you great experience,beautiful musics and pictures,sometimes they are the only reason i insist on XD.Oh whats more,the story is not good at all,really:(

7/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
[May contain spoilers. Read with caution.]

I don't think I have words to describe this game.

I don't think I am even capable of remotely justifying how much I loved every second of my Deponia playthrough.

This is the kind of game I had been needing for a long time. Not because of its genre. Because of its charm. Its passion and attention to detail. Its... OK, you get the point.

You play as Rufus, a despicable inhabitant of the massive wasteland that is Deponia, and a damn cool character all around. No matter how many messes he has and is still getting into, you will definitely take his side in every confront of the game - because, well, it's him who you're rooting for since the beginning! This, blended with the game's very lively sense of humour and the intelligent puzzles that come along the way, make for an outstanding experience in Rufus' egotistical point of view.

It's difficult not to love Goal. She is adorable even while in her unfortunate damaged status, and becomes even more lovable after waking up and realising what is going on. On a more personal side, perhaps I may have connected her far too much to someone I love - but let's not get that in the way, shall we? At least for now.

Overall, this... game? Wait, scratch that. To classify Deponia as a simple "game" is to insult this masterpiece of humour, storytelling and cringe-inducing moments.
So, if you're not even remotely interested in getting it for you and giving it a go, I'd recommend checking your brain activity and blood pressure. I'm serious.

Damn Cletus.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This is fantastic adventure game about guy named Rufus. He hates Deponia and wants to leave it, but meeting with one girl induces him to save this world of trash.

Funny characters, amazing world and interest quests will keep your attention till end of the game.
There is 90% off for this game now - do not miss this chance to buy good game for good price :)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Point and click adventure game in my opinion stand on three pillars as a genre, narrative, game aesthetics and the puzzle complexity. If any of these pillars suffers it could entirely break the game and make a bland if not a terrible experience. This is what happened in Deponia with its narrative that just utterly failed the game's mostly good puzzle and aesthetic design. I just found that I was never engaged with the protagonist or the overall narrative which lead me to simply turn off the game on multiple occasions because I just got bored of the entire affair. The worst part was that even when I finally did finish the game I was given that utterly vapid void of an ending that brings closure to nothing and essentially demands that I play the next Deponia game to get a better picture of the narrative, which just isn't going to happen when I couldn't give a rats ♥♥♥ about anything going on to begin with. I definitely saw the potential in Deponia and I saw the reasons people like it, but I can't in good conscious bring myself to anything other than warn people not to play this game. This is something that I hate to do to game's since I'm a big adherent to the philosophy that a game can be good regardless of how long it is, but for 19.99 a six hour experience just isn't good value for money for the player and that isn't acceptable in my opinion especially when its a mediocre experience at best.

If you want to read a more detailed review you can find it over here on my blog: http://mouseandcontroller.blogspot.com/2014/07/deponia.html.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
ehhh... mechanically, it's a gorgeously-artistic, excellent point-and-click. with a few flaws. some of the puzzles are a bit more obscured than it feels they should be, and these tend to crop up when there are dozens of possibilities. you spend a LOT of time wandering aimlessly when you encounter this.

writing is amusing. the egomaniac protagonist gives lots of opportunities for humor, and it's lol-worthy surprisingly often. that said, I couldn't get past the continuous, degrading treatment of every female in the game. Goal is brainless so she's ogled and manipulated. old girlfriend is a tropey pain, so she's drugged and manipulated. they're both targets of many female-only insults through the entire game (there are basically no male equivalents anywhere).
YES, this is almost totally at the hands of a known-egomaniac-jerk (this is the defense in many reviews I've seen), but *that jerk is the protagonist* and you as a player are forced to act these out. it even portrays this behavior as the norm, not as an obvious character flaw of Rufus's.
add to that the OVERWHELMINGLY male cast (~ 10x more, nearly all with names and significant roles), and that many of the men are basically good people who are not given any personally-degrading treatment, and I really don't see how else you can interpret this side of things.

tl;dr: it's very pretty, well constructed, but good god does it have heavy-handed sexist overtones. and it sounds like the sequel(s?) are the same or worse. can we get some women writers at Daedalic? or playtesters? the rest of the talent there shouldn't be wasted like this.
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27 of 50 people (54%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I should like this game. I’m always on board for ye old point-and-click adventure, and Deponia knows it predecessors. It forgets, however, that their fan base is now living the year 2014. You know, where annoying manboy protagonists are not at all endearing. Manboy Rufus is bad enough without his town of whiners. Every character you speak with has to either insult Rufus or recall some stupid thing he’s done in the past. Everyone. I put two hours in before I found a kernel of a plot that didn’t involve someone proclaiming Rufus as a failure or the ginger-haired damsel in distress that fell from the sky. Her name is Goal, by the way, and, she’s spent most of my playthrough unconscious. Rufus claims that Goal belongs to him and that he will save her. The only other female character is Rufus’ roommate/ex-girlfriend, who’s your typical, annoying girlfriend that never stops complaining.

The puzzles are solid, I’ll give it that. I found a few head scratchers. I even laughed a couple of times. But, after a few hours of the game, I couldn’t deal with Rufus and his friends. The story seemed to be circling the disappearance of Rufus’ father, the former mayor that abandoned him years ago. I wanted more of that and less of Rufus’ attempts to woo the woman in the tight jumpsuit.
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16 of 29 people (55%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
This was... weird. I mean, it was a good point-and-clicker. The puzzles worked, and were neither totally illogical nor too easy. Probably the only reason I played it through to the end was because the puzzles were compelling. The world-building is very thorough and clever. The story was decent, but predictable, and brought down by the characters. Deponia is a fun setting that deserves a better story and characters happening in it. The one-liners sometimes got a chuckle from me, but...

My two big complaints: First, the main character is not likeable in the least. They tried to write him a sarcastic, misunderstood oddball, but instead he's just a filthy, self-centered, misogynist jerk. He has a few decent one-liners, but he has remarkably few redeeming qualities beyond that. And hanging a lampshade on it by having literally every other character in the game also hate him doesn't actually make it better, and in some ways it makes it worse.
Second, what is with the rampant misogyny? The female protagonist (if you can call her that) is comatose for almost the entire game, and is treated as nothing more than an inconveniently large inventory item for most of it. Heck, one of the early scenes, she's basically being auctioned off (while comatose) by the mayor of the town to the men of the town to do what they like with her, and the major puzzle sequence is how the main character can eliminate his competitors to claim her as his possession. Heck, her name is Goal. She's a prize, not a person, for the entire game. And the only other female character in the game is the stereotypical violent, incessantly nagging ex, entirely one-dimensional, just one sitcom joke about her nagging after another. Is that all women are, Daedalic? Either pliant, helpless, brain-dead prizes to be won or violent nagging shrews? I think you can do better.

Long story short, if clever puzzles and thorough world-building are enough to carry you through a game, go ahead and get/play this one. If you're just really into point-and-click adventure for the sake of a good puzzle (like me), get it on at least 50% discount, and it might be worth your time. Otherwise, I'd pass this one up.

Maybe the sequel will be better.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This game genuinely captured the old point-and-click humour that has been so cripplingly missing in recent years. It was my gateway drug into more contemporary P&C Adventures like 'The Book of Unwritten Tales'. Play this, it's amazing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
I can officially call this game, in my books, the definition of an adventure point and click puzzle game.

Fantastic story, great humor, difficult puzzles and riddles.
This game has everything. I really enjoyed it, and it was worth the 2 euros (I bought it off a 90% deal) and I'll make sure to buy the rest remaining of the trilogy.

10/10 for me.
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