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 (2,147 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
85 of 89 people (96%) 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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36 of 41 people (88%) 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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29 of 44 people (66%) 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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7 of 7 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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7 of 7 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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9 of 12 people (75%) 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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15 of 24 people (63%) 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 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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10 of 16 people (63%) 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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17 of 30 people (57%) 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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18 of 32 people (56%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
While the art is cool, and the world concept is a fun one, the gross sexism in this game made it completely horrible to play. Female characters are only there as a joke or a quest, and the writing continually enforces this attitude. Hell, the main female character is CALLED Goal. *eyeroll* And the driving force for Rufus is to win her.

As well as this, Rufus constantly tells us that cleaning is a woman's role (specifically his ex Toni) and that "girly things" are beneath him. There's also a trans woman played as a joke ("ha ha look at the big man in a dress" Yeah, no, not actually funny.)

Clearly this is all meant to be funny, and to endear Rufus to us as a "charming rogue". A clue, it doesn't, he isn't. He's a creeper, and the way he acts towards the unconcious/brain damaged Goal is creepy, gross, bordering on rapey. His friend Wendel is also nasty. The whole game has a greasy vibe.

It's a real shame, because technically it's not a bad game. The movement is a bit slow and clunky, and it can be frustrating to get from one point to another, but otherwise it does okay. I would have been interested to play similar games if the whole thing didn't leave me feeling like I needed a shower. As it is, don't bother. Spend your money on a game that gives its female characters some agency, and its male characters some redeeming character traits.

So very glad I got this on sale, not worth it.
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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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Overall, I found the trilogy enjoyable. I loved all the art in this. The backgrounds were very interesting, detailed, and beutifully portrayed a wide variety of the many towns cities landscapes, and other areas of this trash-heap of a planet. The character designs had this simplistic "kiddy" style that I found particularyly appealing. I think that the characters designs were pretty effective in expressing each characer wtih a huge variety of characters of many shapes, sizes, and postures. The art of the game, while playing, overall reminded me of pajamasam, being a point-and-click adventure with upbeat, "kiddy" looking characters in combination with a vast world of many areas drasticly differeing from one another in tone and atmosphere.

Now with gamplay, well... Puzzles in this game, thinking back now, where ususally ridiculously hard to solve. I was stuck several times only to look at a walkthrough only to find that the answer makes me think "how in the world was I supposed to figure THAT out." Without the walkthrough I porbably would not have finished the game. I already spent like a good hour sitting there trying to think of answers. I did NOT have the patience of trying EVERYTHING on EVERYTHING so it was either use my own logic to its most abstract limits or the walkthrough. There were sometimes were I was on a roll in solving puzzels and that was pretty satisfying.

The voice acting was pretty decent. It sure beats Dream. My friend told me he quickly got tired of Rufus' voice but I wasn't too bothered. I was pretty invested in the story. The story was the otherthing besides the art that kept me playing. It has some cool twists and reveals that suprised me. Aand I think the ending of the trilogy beats Mass Efect's.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I am huge fan of Monkey Island, and this is the first game I've found that comes close. It has good humour, nice exploration and beautiful illustrative artwork (think MI3). Downsides are that you're launched straight into a tutorial, rather than given time to watch the scene be set; in addition, the voice recordings aren't great in that a) the artists haven't received full direction, so sometimes they stress the wrong word and ruin the joke, and b) there isn't enough variety in responses. The game is also fairly short but is actually a lot longer than most, and definitely longer than your average Indie game. In all, really, really good. Enough to make me buy the sequel :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Very quirky and fun, also challenging at times.
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