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 (2,036 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 6, 2012

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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
46 of 47 people (98%) 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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19 of 30 people (63%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Good game BUT a word of warning:

Deponia and it's sequels are since september 2014 presumably abandonware. Instead of patching the remaining bugs of the separate games the developer/publisher Daedalic decided to release an all-in-one title called Deponia: The Complete Journey. It's a completely new separate title, not a 'pack' containing the previous games, so there is no way to upgrade from the standalone titles. It also does not create giftable versions of the titles you already own.

If you are new to the game and want to buy and play Deponia (which is a terrific and fun Point-and-Click) get The Complete Journey.

Personally I think this move is blatantly unfriendly to early adopters and existing customers and would probably not buy anything from Daedalic again, let alone this new all-in-one version.
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2 of 2 people (100%) 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 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
If you love point and clicks, then this fun little point and click game is for you!

It's realitively short, has many challenges and hidden features and epic character voice overs! Oh and did I mention you can even pause cinematics, what more could you want?

Also has a fantastically funny storyline and epic scenery... plus it has awesome songs at certain parts of the game!

Overall, I highly recommend this if you have a few hours to kill and I guarrantee after you play it, you'll be getting the sequels to find out what happens next in the storyline.

PS: The major flaw in this game is that it has little to no replay value.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I feel like in late 90's again, the same spirit of adventure. The game is great and it's not true that the puzzles are confusing or come from nowhere. Thinking instead of pointless clicking and everything's gonna go smooth and fun. Good humour.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I wasn't expecting anything from this game, because i don't ususally play adventure games, but now i'm considering changing my favourite genre to this kind of games. I LOVE IT! Main character has his own point of view for the entire world, he changes through the game, it's like he really lives his own life (not like this stupid Connor from AC III). I pretty much like plot and background history of Deponia. It's interesting. This game is worth playing. It is a must-have in your library.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Story and puzzles of this game are amazing looking forward to playing part 2 and 3!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Three minutes into the game, tears man; tears!!! I was laughing so hard I couldn't catch my breath. The game takes me back to my childhood. Similar to Monkeys Island the game has a funny story that keeps you going throughout the GamePlay. Main character of the game Ruffes is a story of its own. Clumsy, maniacal, stubborn guy that has a neck for getting in to trouble yet he desperately tries to "save" the love of his life and get his happy ending. Mini games are also something worth mentioning. They are fun to play and give you a little brainless break from your main adventure. Last but not least is the music that follows you into every chapter of the game and stays in your head for days after ending this game. Deponia is a great game and I can't wait to finish the whole trilogy. The game still has a lot of room for improvement so I'm going to give it 6/10.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Truly a nice game with lovely designed characters and locations. Some tasks are hard, but they can be solved! All in all a wonderful game ;-)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
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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15 of 31 people (48%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
The music in this game is really well done, and the puzzles are generally funny and well thought out. My biggest issue with the entire series is the underlying racism and sexism that it presents throughout the three Deponia games. It is fairly disturbing encountering a puzzle where you need to sell the only black character in the series into slavery, because she could best mimic an organ grinder's monkey, for instance. More disturbing is that the designers saw this as the "out of the box, yet still obvious solution". Similarly, the whole mechanic in the second game where the female protagonist's personality is split into its three core components of "sporty" "baby" and "stuck up" is emblematic of the kinds of criticisms for the endemic sexism that the gaming community has been receiving in the media of late.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
good quality and history. funny moments. lightness.

these words that are 100% fit for this game.

this is a good quest. one of the best for me, since I do not like the quests.
but this game is worth the money and time spent on this game.

Deponia is addictive. start play , and you don`t want to stop.
all times empathize Rufus.

Buy Deponia. i promise, you will not

9/10
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
droggeljug! droggeljug droggeljug, droggeljug droggeljug droggeljug!
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I wanted to like this game because of the funny humour. However, I had to constantly go to google to find a guide to help solve the time-consuming, boring and dull puzzles.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
You play as some sexist ♥♥♥♥♥♥bag who's just a flat out terrible person and I love it.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
This game is so "funny" I can't stand it. Not quite "ha ha" or "heh" funny ... more like "your screaming 9 year old nephew wrote the dialog while eating a 50 lb bag of cotton candy and leaving sticky fingerprints all over your screen and spilling soda in your keyboard, and maybe someday we'll look back at this and laugh".

I was excited for this game given the obviously high art quality and ratings, but I made it through the tutorial and first scene and could stomach no more. As some people have mentioned, the puzzles were harder than many other contemporary adventure games, but they were far from impossible and roughly on-par with the old classics. The only positive thing I can say about the gameplay is that the solutions to the puzzles were actually amusing, and require you to behave like the horrible person the protagonist is trying to be.

Maybe I'll take a deep breath and try again soon.
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8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Great game! If you like point and click adventures you will love it!
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9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Cool ♥♥♥♥, You know.
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1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
It's German.
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12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Make sure to play the whole trilogy! A good-hearted german approach of delivering an epic storyline stretching over three full point-and-click-adventure games. Daedalic at its best i'd say!
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