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We’ve made it! Believe it or not, the Double Fine Adventure has reached its end! (the game… not the company)
This has been a long and crazy journey for all of us, unlike anything we've ever done. First it was a crowdfunding campaign, then a watershed event, then a movement, then a controversy. But now, finally, it's just a game.
Well, a game and a documentary. Just a game, and a documentary, and a soundtrack. And an art book. A game, documentary, soundtrack, an art book, and a couple of backer bowling parties, but THAT'S IT. Oh, and a bunch of t-shirts.
As the novelty of its funding story fades, what remains is just the work itself. The story of two young people leading separate, but parallel lives, pushing against the scripts that have been written for them, taking control of their destinies, and then taking responsibility for the consequences.
Broken Age was designed not as two separate episodes, but as one complete story.
If you already played Act 1 then your save game will still work after the update and you can continue from the start of Act 2. But keep in mind--there are many puzzle hints and narrative set ups in Act 1 that you might have forgotten in the year since it came out.
"So why didn't you make a, 'Previously on Broken Age...' video?" you ask, from that part of your brain that really, really misses LOST…
Well, we thought about it, but I felt that would have drawn too much attention to the hints and made the story set ups too obvious.
With all that in mind, I'm hoping and recommending that you start from the beginning so you can judge the game as a complete work.
Hey, you know all the puzzle solutions anyway, right? And you can double-click on doors to fast-travel, so it won't take any time at all. Also, there are new achievements in Act 1 that you don't want to miss. And are you 100% sure you heard all the stool jokes the first time through? But hey, I get paid the same either way so what do I care? :)
Your time is valuable, so let me just sum up Act 1 here for you: It was amazing.
However you play, I hope you enjoy Broken Age. Happy pointing and clicking! And tapping and dragging and… thumbing? Do you say thumbing? You know what I mean.
Thanks for playing!