A family friendly, hand-animated, puzzle-filled adventure game with an all-star cast, including Elijah Wood, Jack Black and Masasa Moyo. Funded by a record breaking crowdfunding campaign and designed by industry legend Tim Schafer, Broken Age is a timeless coming-of-age story.
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Very Positive (30 reviews) - 86% of the 30 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (5,055 reviews) - 84% of the 5,055 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 28, 2014

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“Act 1 of Broken Age is a gorgeous, impeccably written adventure that simultaneously tugs at my nostalgic core, while ushering in a new era for the point-and-click genre.”
9.5 – IGN

“...delightful, beautiful, utterly charming and you really should play it right this second.”
9 – Polygon

“I haven’t felt this surge of nostalgia and excitement about a game in a long time, and I truly think Broken Age will be looked back fondly as one of the greats.”
9.5 – Destructoid

About This Game

Broken Age is a family friendly, hand-animated, puzzle-filled adventure game with an all-star cast, including Elijah Wood, Jack Black and Masasa Moyo. Funded by a record breaking crowdfunding campaign and designed by industry legend Tim Schafer, Broken Age is a timeless coming-of-age story of barfing trees and talking spoons.

Vella Tartine and Shay Volta are two teenagers in strangely similar situations, but radically different worlds. The player can freely switch between their stories, helping them take control of their own lives, and dealing with the unexpected adventures that follow.

Starring:

Elijah Wood as Shay
Masasa Moyo as Vella
Jack Black as Harm'ny Lightbeard
Jennifer Hale as Mom
Wil Wheaton as Curtis
Pendleton Ward as Gus

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, ATI Radeon 4870 HD, Intel HD 3000, or equivalent card with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2 GHz, AMD Athlon 64 2.2Ghz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, AMD Radeon HD 6850
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3. Some users may need to disable Steam overlay.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4850, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, Intel HD 3000, or equivalent card with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 2500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3
    Recommended:
    • OS: Lion 10.7.X
    • Processor: Intel Core i series processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6770, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
    • Storage: 2500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3. Some users may need to disable Steam overlay.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, ATI Radeon 4870 HD, Intel HD 4000, or equivalent card with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 2500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2 GHz, AMD Athlon 64 2.2Ghz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, AMD Radeon HD 6850
    • Storage: 2500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Must have OpenGL 3 with GLSL version 1.3. Some users may need to disable Steam overlay.
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Ellerwind
12.0 hrs
Posted: September 22
Like a lot of reviews I read I have to go with a No way for this game.

Part one was fun. There was one point where I looked up how to do a puzzle. The rest was easy or not to hard to work out and fun at the same time. I loved it and replayed it when part 2 came out.

Part two was the flip side. It's like they said to them selfs "Part one was two easy and people completed it to fast. This time we will make it harder so it's more fun" and ended up killing it. One puzzle you have to look at a knote and try to tell a person a lot of clicking away what it looks like. If you get it wrong you have to go from the start with a NEW knote.

There was also a LOT more swapping between both people and some parts that I just picked a random answer becorse there was no clear way to know what was right and once more if you picked wrong it's BACK to the start to do all over.

I still have to end the game but each time I think it's time to do it I think back to how hard it became and move on to another more fun game.
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sup3rwad
10.8 hrs
Posted: September 19
I originally backed this game on Kickstarter, and I was really excited to get it. The game took longer than I thought to get fully released (I didn't want to just play the first Act by itself), so I waited until it was released. And then I finally got around to playing it in the last couple days.

This was truly an enjoyable game. I remember playing Day of the Tentacle and just figuring out how all the pieces fit together and how you had to talk to certain characters to unlock more options. I will admit some of the puzzles had me stumped, but not "I can't figure this out", more "I know what I need to do, just not how to do it", so I had some help from online guides.

Overall, this was exactly what I was hoping for. There is certainly replayability here, even though I've done all the puzzles.

Visually, beautiful. I loved the voice actors, and the orchestral score was so lovely. The story was well-written and I just got so into the game I couldn't stop playing for 2 days.

Just, yes. Get this game. Very much worth your while.
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durielanman
2.0 hrs
Posted: September 18
Im not very good at games like this but i do enjoy it. The story is great and very funny. The characters and voice acting is also great.
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Lunatar
17.2 hrs
Posted: September 15
Who wouldn't love a game where one of your friends is a talking spoon? Beautiful art style, interesting storyline and a good soundtrack. Suitable for all ages, though some of the puzzles can be challenging.
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Too_Old_For_This
4.2 hrs
Posted: September 6
"one person" just decided to play on nostalgia of their old fans.
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JVland
18.0 hrs
Posted: September 6
Great! Best adventure in years!
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Rolo
20.8 hrs
Posted: September 5
Great story, illustrations, music, script, dialogue, acting--top-notch quality.

My only critique would be that the solutions at the end of the game were a bit too obscure--some subtle cues would have helped. Trial-and-error got clunky and cumbersome but not painful.

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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
I am with many others: first half is amazing, second half is awful. In the end, I cannot recommend it.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Even with the whole snafu regarding the development of this game aside, I cannot recommend Broken Age. The first half is pretty good, beautiful art and a decent story. The pacing was enjoyable and the dialogue fun, though it was unfortunately a little too simple in my opinion. The second half is a botched, rushed mess with an utterly ridiculous story and puzzles that require incomprehensible logic to complete. It was all the more disappointing to see the game go to ♥♥♥♥ after an enjoyable first half.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
It was okay. First half good, second half not so good (played offline, misleading 'hours played'). Gotta give it the thumbs down for Schafer though.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
I enjoy every Double Fine game that comes out and have been a fan since Psychonauts. The writing is great, the characters are believable and funny and the artwork is breathtaking. I love the picture-book style of art and how the scenes change seamlessly. The only thing I would complain about is the wiring puzzles in the second half of the game, I had no idea what the shapes were supposed to mean and had to resort to looking for help online. But other than that, the puzzles were challenging enough to keep me interesting and the story is definitely unique!

As always Peter McConnell does a great score.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
A sweet, touching, charming, funny, beautiful adventure. Broken Age is just one of those games you have to play right now. Forgot how good it was, suitable for all ages, a fantastic masterpiece.

9.5/10 (cause Act 2 is a bit s**tty)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
It's actually not a bad game. You might need a pencil and some paper to make some notes. But pretty much every adventure game I've played needed that at some point.

I played this long after "act 2" came out and it bothers me that people cherry pick that to say bad things in these reviews, because I couldn't tell act 1 and 2 apart. It was all a single thing to me.

I got stuck a handfull of times, but switching to the other character always made me get a fresh view of the puzzles when I returned. Literally beat the game without any help, it's not impossible. Just take some notes at the end and you'll be fine.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
A masterpiece by Tim Schafer, the best point-and-click adventure game I've ever played - Broken Age, ladies and gentlemen! Cannot praise this one highly enough. The story, the art style, the music, everything is so perfect, so unique and memorable without going over the top. And the puzzles are pretty logical, I did not need to look up the walkthrough at all! A great game, don't be afraid to spend your money on it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
3,025 of 3,487 people (87%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 14, 2014
A spoon in this game has more personality than most AAA game protagonists.
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779 of 942 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2014
The art is gorgeous, the voice talent is sublime and together they give the game true character. The soundtrack has been so carefully considered and composed. This game is much greater than the sum of its parts and it is really knocking my socks off.
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529 of 663 people (80%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
This is a game in two parts, and unfortunately, I have to review it is such.

I can sum up part one in one word: Brilliant!

Here we have two characters in two seemingly unrelated situations. One has been chosen as a human sacrifice to a monster that has been terrorising the local villages for generations, the other is alone on a deep-space exploration vessel. You, as the player, have to guide these two through their own stories of "escape".

I found the story interesting, and then when the two characters briefly meet, then abruptly change places...

On to part two, and in a word: Disapointing.

After months of waiting, we get this lacklustre, almost generic point-and-click game that relies more on player knowlege than imersion in the story. I got stuck on several puzzles, only to discover that the solution requires finding something AS THE OTHER CHARACTER, totally destroying any immersion that I may have still had, and dumping me into the mode of "player behind the keyboard" instead.

And then, when the final solution required co-ordinating the actions of both characters at the same time, without either character even knowing what the other is doing, well, I guess that's the "Broken" part of Broken Age.

While I would like to recomend this game based on the first part, I just can't. Sorry.
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