Nice, but too simple!
This is not a classical Point'n'Click Adventure. It's a castrated one where you just "follow the path" while only "clicking and not bending your brain", e.g. for combining inventory or finding an untraditional way to solve a problem ("use wax lips with funny clown" -> bang). The game feels like a kid's game, ported for the mainstream and mobile market.Pros:
+ This game is very polished and has a strong voice cast (but audio lines repeat too often if you click twice on an object). The settings and characters are lovely painted and have a certain kind of humour.
+ The story is nice, but nothing spectactular. Vella's part is the more interesting one.Cons:
- Way too short! We don't hear anything about part 2. Maybe it's cancelled or moved to the next century - who knows.
- Few puzzles and too easy.
- Nearly no inventory management or decisions. You just click through the setting, through your inventory, through the dialogues - you feel like on rails.
- Dumbed down interface - you just have "click". Maybe this does fit to mobile devices but as a PC player you feel cheated as we are used to "use", "look", "speak", etc..
- Empty places. Often you click through diverse screens and don't see anybody. The game makes you feel lonely.Suggestion:
- If you like modern Point'n'Click adventures made in the "classical" style (humour, inventory, puzzles), then go for all "KING ART" adventures (Book of Unwritten Tales series), for the Deponia series, "Whispered World" and of course the remakes of Monkey Island.
- If you like old-school retro Point'n'Click, maybe go for Gemini Rue or the Blackwell series.
- If you like modern style movie-like adventures go for the Telltale games.Broken Age does not fit in a common category as it is neither a classical nor retro nor movie-like Point'n'Click. Broken Age wants to be everything but fails and so it's only a "nice and mainstream" game.Maybe I will change my mind when someday part 2 will come up...