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 (2,479 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 6, 2012

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"If you’re a fan of point and click adventures, comedy, or simply love very colorful and pretty art and environments, you should check out Deponia!"
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November 14, 2014

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
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
HUZZAH, THE CHORUS GUYS RULE!

Short Verdict: Must-have for point-and-click fans. Nice humor, interesting story, great puzzles, unique characters, hours of fun!

Overview: Deponia is the first game in the adventure, point-and-click trilogy made by Daedelic. You control Rufus, a self-centered jerk who, more than anything, hates Deponia - some kind of a junkyard planet - and wishes to go to Elysium, following his dad's footsteps. The result is a game full of comedy, awkward moments packed with fun, and even some romance.

Pros:
  • The interface is really great and easy to navigate
  • The story is interesting, packed with good quality humor, and you'll probably have lots of fun in the way
  • Good length for an adventure game
  • The puzzles are really nice and sober--the game provides you not-too-obvious hints when you interact with the world and they've really hit the perfect mark in this aspect. Also, if you need additional in-game help, you can press space to see the hotspots, which is always good as an option. You probably won't need a guide, if you can deal with just the right amount of frustration that pushes you forward.
  • Characters are really cool and fun. The main character is embarrassingly annoying, but that allows for some "role play", you can say, when you try to think like he would as you try to solve the puzzles.
  • Great voice acting
  • The 2D graphics are really amazing
  • The BGM is really awesome--specially the Huzzah songs
  • The cliffhanger for the next game is just perfect--it closes a chapter really well, but you'll want to know what happens next

Cons:
  • The game crashed a few times for me (probably 2 or 3), mostly after videos. But it was so rare, it didn't annoy me much, especially because the autosave prevented me from losing progress.
  • Some people report that a few of the achievements didn't unlock for them, but I didn't have any problem with them (maybe it was fixed after a recent update, idk), except for the Droggeljug one (I did use the shortcut, though, and it eventually unlocked)
  • Speaking of which, Droggeljug is probably one of the worst ideas I've seen in a game. All sentences, characters' names, item's names and literally every text in the game is replaced with "Droggeljug", from start to finish. But it's just a bonus mode you unlock after beating the game, so not a big deal. Still, it's so stupid I had to mention it.

Bought on: Scorched Bundle by Bundle Stars for an average of US$ 0.27. This amount is ridiculously low for such an awesome game. The full Steam price is not exactly a steal, but I think it's fair. If you don't have any of the games in the trilogy and think this game is for you, it might be a better idea to buy The Complete Journey (the full trilogy) instead.

Verdict: If you're a fan of adventures and point-and-clicks, you most definitely have to check Deponia! It's precious. I'm not easy to please when it comes to humor and comedy, but Deponia just manages to do it better than all other games I've played (well, maybe except for Sam & Max, imnsho). Also, like I've said, the puzzles are really smart, the story is interesting, characters are unique, and basically everything you need in an adventure game is there. Don't miss it!
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Good stuff if you have a lot of free time, and like this type of game. Good music, funny jokes, good artwork.
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58 of 108 people (54%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
This entertaining point and click adventure presents some difficult puzzles that require some elaborate thinking and therefore completing them releases a sense of satisfaction into ones mind. It takes place in a rather interesting universe that is somewhat different than the normal catch in most games nowadays. It also presents a beautiful story and a set of characters that I felt - somewhat - attached to. Huzzah-huzzah onwards to the sequel we march!
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
[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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
A few glitches here and there, such as doing things well traveling causing Rufus to talk to people who are not on the same screen or do things from a different place. For some reason when I start a new area and it cleans my inventory the icon would be missing, and the only way I could open it again would be to quit and rejoin.
You can double click to fast travel and click to skip what people are saying+
When you skip the story sometimes, it will skip two chunk instead of the one you just read.-
The game has weird logic-
No replayability what so ever, unless your one of those achievement nuts-
Rufus is an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥-
A kind of interesting story+
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
I enjoyed this very unusual love story in a game. I got this game using a discount coupon. I was hesistant at first in purchasing the game but then I decided to buy for myself. I never tried a point and click game before, so this was my first and hoped for the best. Thank God I did, coz I enjoyed playing the game. The humor, character voices, unique setting, puzzle games galore and the story telling won me over. This game made me want to buy more games with this type of gameplay (pont and click). I can't wait to play the next chapter of this comedy of errors love story between a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ bag (Rufus the Dufus) and a girl with brain implants. Try this game you will enjoy it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
This game is deffinitely worth buying if you like click games where you combined items together to create something useful in the future.

The game graphics is safe for people who can´t handle bright and strong colours, it´s made with care and will probably make you smile as they bring you as a member in the game.

Sure you control the main character even tho the main character see you as a different person. All of the characters in the game are pretty well made and easy to get know.
The details in the game are amazing and sure deserves a thumbs up to the game designer.

The story this game is breathe taking and will make you want to finish it as fast as possible.
If you are new to these kind of games I would deffinitely suggest Deponia for you.

I really hope this helped and I really enjoyed the game,texture, voice acting and all the well thought details.
:mana: ~:mana:
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Press Spacebar or Middle-Click to Show Item Hotspots!
I was pixel-hunting for hours until I found this out accidentally. The screen tips actually mention this, but they load and flash too fast.

Good Stuff
- One of the best looking point-and-click adventure games out there.
- Decent story, although nothing mind-blowing.
- Some really funny moments and characters.

Bad Stuff
- A few puzzles aren't really intuitive and I only managed to solve them via trial and error.
- Sometimes when trying one item with others, Rufus makes a long comment everytime it fails.
- For some reason enabling HD Video for the cutscenes caused my game to crash during the cutscenes. I had to disable them.

Anyway I think the good stuff outweighs the bad, and I enjoyed the game overall.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Good story and some tricky sets of puzzles for a point and click game, I'd consider getting the complete set if you were planning onstarting the Deponia series.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
It's a really beautifull point&click. It's a funny story line in a weird world. A few puzzles aren't casual and will force you to really think about them. It made me recall monkey's island and to play an anti-hero is most of the time really funny. There is content, it's not a rip off: when I thought it was finished, it was actually 1/3 of the full game. The character design is, in my opinion, very well done, meaning they succeeded to flesh out them. Definitely worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
If you like point-and-click adventures, this one is a gem! Humorous dialogues and really interesting plot with twists. A lot like Broken Swords, but completely different. For people who like point-and-clicks I say go for it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
I've always been a fan of point-and-click adventure games, and I'm happy to count this as one of the better examples of the genre.

Now, it's not perfect - however, some of my complaints are my own fault for skipping the tutorial.

Important tips to anyone starting off:
1) Double clicking on any 'arrow' location will warp Rufus to that location, which is great, since some of the maps are big, and Rufus doesn't run. (Figured out on my own ~1/2 of the way though the game)
2) Hitting space will highlight all interactive objects. (I never found this one out, and one of my complaints was going to be that some of the puzzles were a little pixel-hunter-esque.)

Generally, I found that the game was really superb for the first 2/3rds or so - the puzzles were just straightforward enough that you could figure out most of them through intuition or through the somewhat-subtle clues that characters would say when you tried the use the objects. I was able to make it through this entire section without having to hit the internet.

The final area, however, was definitely not as polished as the rest. Puzzles weren't nearly as clear, a lot more pixel-hunting (again, my own fault for not knowing about using space), and some of the solutions were much more "you have to know what drugs the creators were on when they thought this one up." I did have to hit the web a couple times for this part (stupid whale bait.)

The story was excellent throughout, and although the humor wasn't always up to Monkey Island standards, it was always enjoyable. Most of the voice work is good. Good cast of memorable characters.

I only ran into the most minor of errors - some graphical glitches where Rufus would, instead of walking to an object to interact with it, just reach out from where he was standing. No crashes or other problems.

Overall: A great purchase for any point-and-click adventure game lover.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Best adventure game i've ever played~
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Sorry, but the game doesn't work. It's onlyopeand i see the message "Init failed, could not load game. There is no game file or the game file is corrupted. For more info view messages.log" What is the messages.log? If it is file I couldn't find it? I download this game from Steam. Help me
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
"Deponia" is a pretty good point-and-click game. The art work is very good, the humor tongue-in-cheek, and the voice-acting good. Best of all, the puzzles are neither too hard (mostly - there were a few I needed guides for) nor too easy. My only real gripe with the game is the protagonist, Rufus: he's a jerk of the first order. If there were more character growth in him as the game progressed, I'd have been happier. But, it's just sort of irritating to have him constantly do really wrong things at every turn. As for the value of the game, I spent about 17.5 hours on it (100% Achievements). So, the current list price (about $20) might be considered a tad high. If you find it on sale, I'd say go for it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Great artstyle, great puzzles, great voice acting, great setting. Truely, a fantastic Point 'N' Click.

However, although the puzzles padded out the game, the plot didn't catch up. Not too much happens. Well...
NPCs give bits of lore, but the dialogue is unfortunately just repetetive banter with the protagonist. Although well written/translated, hearing the NPCs scold or embarrass the self-absorbed protagonist is just dull.
The mosaic minigame was bugged and impossible to complete. Luckily, there was a skip option. Which, to be honest, makes all of the (few) minigames fruitless.

If you've read all the above, it may seem like I am bashing the game. I'm not. Deponia, and its sequels, are a must-have for any patient gamer. And even Rufus manages to grow on you.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
My review.
Pros:
-you never know what stupid thing he will come up with next.
-kid friendly.(as long as they know not to attempt anything that he does)
-a great time waster.

Cons:
-if you follow logic .... it doesnt. So for half the game, try to think of cartoons.
-if you have a problem with frustrations, prone to headaches, and or rage quit s, you might want to stay away
I finished, I dare you to do the same.

P.S. dont buy it unless on sale

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Funny, interesting, puzzles were good, and so was the storyline. Somehow I liked how everyone disliked the main character. This game makes fun of how the hero is always this person that everyone "loves/idolised" :) because he claims that is what everyone does, love him that is.
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