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 (3,128 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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June 29

Silence: The Whispered World 2 - Cinematic Trailer

Hi folks

We are proud to present our new cinematic trailer for The Whispered World 2 - Silence. Take a look:

http://www.gametrailers.com/videos/c63ztu/silence--the-whispered-world-ii-cinematic-trailer

After losing his little sister Renie in the hazardous real world, Noah now hopes to find her again in Silence.

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Wir sind stolz darauf, euch unseren neuen Trailer zu The Whispered World 2 - Silence vorzustellen zu können. Schaut her:

http://www.gametrailers.com/videos/c63ztu/silence--the-whispered-world-ii-cinematic-trailer

Nachdem er seine kleine Schwester Renie in der gefährlichen Welt verloren hatte, hofft Noah nun, sie in Silence wiederzufinden.


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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
37 of 37 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
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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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
A hidden gem of a game. A well designed and written point-and-click puzzle adventure game with a charm to it. Though I admit it has a few strange things that might get you stuck like it has done to me a few times (Eg. having a very small object to find only by clicking on everything and making sure your cursor covers every pixel of your screen). But yeah I still think the game is great but you should consider buying "Deponia: The Complete Journey" rather than just this one game because there are 3 parts split into each game (so 3 games) and its a lot cheaper to get the complete game.
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43 of 67 people (64%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
I got this game for 99 cents. For that price, I would definitely recommend it. At a much higher price, I wouldn't. But I don't want to base my recommendation on price, and since I wouldn't play the sequels even for free, I'm gonna go with "not recommended".

If you like humorous 2D point-and-click adventures, Deponia might be for you. It combines a fresh setting with "industry"-standard storytelling and mechanics. I liked the artwork a lot and the protagonist, Rufus, is quite enjoyable.

There are a lot of things I didn't like, however. First off, it aims for the classics, but the writing is not remotely as good (with a some exceptions). A few times the humour is so forced that I couldn't help but feel remote shame, as in "did they really think anyone would find this funny?"

Most of the quests and puzzles are straight-forward. But some of the puzzles are just aggravating. We've all been there, trying anything with everything in the inventory, to no avail. Or clicking different levers to see the desired effect. But some stuff in Deponia is just completely non-sensical and drove me mad. I admit I had to look into a walkthrough a few times, and mentally flipped the finger towards the developers a few times once I'd found out how something was supposed to work.

From a technical perspective, there are 2 things I found wildly inappropriate for a 2012 title, especially if it's published at (almost) full price: #1, the animations. You will see a lot of generic "empty hand movements" when you do stuff with things. I found this particularly disappointing given how much love went into the artwork otherwise. #2, lots of interactions will just yield the same line over and over again. For instance, when you are trying one specific item in your inventory with every other item, you'll hear the same crappy joke over and over again. Very tiring.

Overall, I would say Deponia shows lots of promise, but some aspects are just disappointing and frustrating.
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32 of 49 people (65%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
I wanted to like Deponia – I really did, there's lots of great stuff here, but it all falls flat.

To me there are four things that make a great adventure game: A good story, clever puzzles, interesting characters, and an interesting world for those characters to inhabit.

Deponia gets one of those four right. The world of Deponia is interesting. This great junk planet is not only a bit unique, but it is also beautifully rendered. A junk planet full of scrappy, adaptable people should be a great setting for an adventure game, right? Well...right. But that game is not Deponia. Lets take a look at those other three categories...

Story. Can't have a good adventure game without a good story. Unfortunately for Deponia, it didn't ship with a great story. While it starts off well enough, the plot becomes a bit predictable and uninteresting. Some reviewers have even complained about an undercurrent of misogyny in the game. My take? I can certainly see what those reviewers are talking about, but I'm not going to go into that here. Lets just say that there are few women in the game. Of those women: one gets naked, one is unconcious for 90% of the game, and the other is a man. And the unconcious one? Getting her and winning her over is the goal of the game. Her name? Goal. Clever.

Puzzles. Some are good, but most fall into the "meh" or unintuitive category. Puzzles don't have to be unintuitive to be wacky or challenging. It's a cheat, and a poor one at that.

Characters...well...they're forgettable. That's not the worst crime though. The worst crime is that the main character - the one you should be made to empathize with (or at least get a good laugh out of) is actually irratating and unlikeable. Rufus, who is supposed to be a likeable slacker with a sharp wit and an inflated ego often comes off as posessing a grating personality with few likeable qualities. The puns? Bad...in a bad way. A few might be amusing, but the rest are either cringeworthy or fall flat.

My recommendation: Skip it or wait to pick it up in a bundle on the cheap - and only if you're desperate.
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20 of 32 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
The gameplay is solid enough and it has a nice style going for itself. In all the technical forms it's a decent point-and-click adventure, but it just fails in every aspect story-wise.

You play an extremely unlikeable character, which I suppose you can write off for the sake of "you always play a good guy, be bad for once" kind of thinking. The humour is crude and cringeworthy, e.g. you drug your Nagging Sexist Trope Ex-Girlfriend and innocent cats, while the game tries to play it off as humouristic. What made me grind me teeth most of all was the Really Just A Man In A Dress Trope trans woman at the Town Hall. Ha ha. High quality humour, am I right? I absolutely love laughing at people who are already dying at such a high rate. Ha ha ha. Ha.

Only to top off all of that with Ms. Goal; a mostly (in a way) absent main character who is a prize you're essentially fighting for. She is literally nothing but a Goal. An empty character that you are trying to conquer. This game had the potential to be pretty good and enjoyable, but at every twist and turn it opts in on gross writing. Even if you ignore the crude and lazy "humour", the story still remains flatter than an open bottle of coke you left in your fridge for 2 weeks. Disappointing. I don't understand why this game is so loved by many.
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