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The first graphic adventure by Tim Schafer in sixteen years, Broken Age began two years ago in a historic, record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. Now it's here in all its beautiful, 2D, hand-painted glory, with an original orchestral soundtrack and an all-star vocal cast.
Release Date: Jan 28, 2014
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Controller and Touch Support!

April 16th, 2014

Hey all, we just updated Broken Age with full controller and touch support! All of these modes should just work (at the same time actually!), but there's an updated controller remapping section in the options menu if you want to tweak it. And try messing with the right stick and triggers in game and the d-pad in the inventory for some super pro moves. Let us know what you think on the forums!

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Reviews

“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 the Game

The first graphic adventure by Tim Schafer in sixteen years, Broken Age began two years ago in a historic, record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. Now it's here in all its beautiful, 2D, hand-painted glory, with an original orchestral soundtrack and an all-star vocal cast.

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.

They said adventure games were dead, but then Broken Age punched its hand out of the grave and grabbed you by the wrist and you screamed just like in the end of Carrie except what you screamed was "I love adventure games so much!" And sorry I spoiled the end of Carrie.

Act 1 is available now, and the act 2 conclusion will arrive as a free update later this year!

Key Features:

  • Pointing
  • Clicking
  • Original soundtrack, composed by Peter McConnell, recorded by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • All-star voice cast, including Elijah Wood, Jack Black, Jennifer Hale, Wil Wheaton, and Pendleton Ward
  • Dialog Trees!
  • Some jokes. Unless you don't think they're funny, in which case we totally weren't trying to be funny.
  • A whole bunch of awesome PUZZLES
  • This one really hard puzzle that you won't get but you'll look it up online and not tell anybody
  • All your hopes and dreams

PC System Requirements

    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
    • Hard Drive: 1500 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
    • Hard Drive: 1500 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.

Mac System Requirements

    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
    • Hard Drive: 1500 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
    • Hard Drive: 1500 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.

Linux System Requirements

    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
    • Hard Drive: 1500 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
    • Hard Drive: 1500 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.
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
72 products in account
5 reviews
8.0 hrs on record
Time for another review from me! So, here is Broken Age -- Tim Schäfer's first true Point n' Click adventure since Grim Fandango. It's been a while but it's amazing to see him return to the form. This is his hometurf and what he does best. But does it hold up to his usual standard. I'd certainly say so. Now some may say that the game's puzzles (which adventure games are so famous for) are fairly straigtforward. To a degree, they are, but I found myself thinking a bit every now and then.

Disregarding all that -- The comedy and charm is as strong as ever -- You play as 2 characters this time, in 2 different settings, but both of them are related to the other in some way, which you'll discover as you play. First of we got Mr. Frodo, going by the name of Shay, who's a rather ordinary teenage boy, trapped in what most 10-12 year old boys might consider a Utopia, but Shay considers it a dull routine of nightmarish proportions.. because everything is done for you (You know, like how the gaming industry of today is -- Hurr, hurr) or in other words, just dull (like how we all felt during our mid-teens). Shay gets to live in futuristic space-ship, alongside an overprotective AI Motherbrain, who sees to his every needs (Feeding him with a spoon, tucking him in bed, turn every day adventure into easy mode --lol--). His life is basically devoid of excitement in an otherwise adventurous-looking setting -- Shay, getting bored of this ridiculous pretense, decides to flee from it, and accept an invitation from an ominous looking wolf-dressed man named Marek, ready to show him the true hardships of life and how sucky it can be sometimes. Meanwhile in a rural village is our other protagonist, Villa, who's just about ready for the traditional Maiden's Feast, involving her getting eaten by a Lovecraftian monstrosity. Neat.

In true Tim Schäfer style, all of the characters feel and act rather mundane but to an absurd degree. They all seem to think of the Maiden's Feast as an exciting celebration, like it was Christmas, despite it revolving around sacrificing innocent girls to be eaten by a cosmic monstrosity. Villa being the protagonist, asks what we are all thinking.. "Why the bleeding hell don't we just kill the damn thing?". But no, that would be going against a tradition that no one seems to bother changing because new things are scary, just like in real life -- And there you got it.
So as the tentacle beast devours the Maidens, Villa being the only rational human being left, decides to flee and learn how to kill the monster and save her village. It doesn't take long 'till Villa comes across an array of interesting caricatures, whom she has to help in order to proceed -- Among my favorites is the rather 'baked' lumberjack fellow named Curtis & the leader of the Cloud society, Meriloft, voiced by Jack Black.
True to its adventure roots, the game has various interpretations of keys for various interpretations of doors, which the player has to figure out in order to proceed. The puzzles are definitely still there but they are not at the league of more complex puzzles like that of the Silent Hill 2-3 games or older Schäfer adventures. What really sells this game is the humor, the characters, the artwork and especially the music. It's all very, very, gorgeous and this is how Adventure games are done -- Where Schäfer shines and Telltale does not. It's recommended to do Shay's story first, then finish it with Villa since her story is a bit longer. An actual negative I can give about the game is the fact that what you're getting isn't the whole game -- Act 2 is still in the making, but it'll be for free whenever, and thus obviously the game ends on a cliff-hanger, but an intriguing one nevertheless. Lastly, I musn't forget.

On the audio side you might notice the voicing talents of Jennifer Hale, Will Wheaton, Jack Black (returning from previous Double Fine game Brütal Legend and of course Elijah Wood himself -- Mr. Frodo). All of them do a superb job of enriching the adventure game experience by adding their sharp voices to the humor. Schäfer's voice director has done a splendid job to utilize all of the famous voices correctly. So a thumbs up for that and you'll have to forgive me for not mentioning the other voices, because there are certainly a few noteworthy ones. From a spaceship with talking cutlery, to a cloud society of sky people living with birds -- What you're getting is the Tim Schäfer experience that you'll recognize. So if enjoyed previous Double Fine games or the old LucasArts adventures, then don't cheat yourself out of this experience. While the game isn't complete yet, it is still very much worth it. But it might adviceable to wait a bit before one delves into it when the whole game is complete.
Posted: February 22nd, 2014
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
173 products in account
3 reviews
3.5 hrs on record
I heard a lot of good things about this game after it was released, and I gotta say that it really lives up to the hype.

The art style is fantastic and justifies the price point all on its own, in my opinion. There were so many points where I found myself sitting back for a moment and just admiring the character designs and scenery. In addition, the voices suited each character, and obviously, the celebrity cameos were well-done and a joy to behold - not to mention the soundtrack. I'm so glad I snatched up the OST when I bought this! :P

Moving on to story, I really enjoyed both Vella and Shay's respective storylines. Vella's was really unnerving with the way other characters seemed to feel about the current state of the world (except for her grandfather, of course), and Shay, well... I didn't expect any of that. The end of Act 1 actually really surprised me, and I'm itching to play Act 2 now.

That's really the only downside to this game: the length. I knew it would be short, but after getting into the story so much, I'm just sad that I have to wait to find out more. If anything though, it just goes to show how well this game has been executed. I'd definitely recommend giving it a try.
Posted: March 8th, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
430 products in account
9 reviews
4.6 hrs on record
Broken Age, is a retro-looking point-and-click adventure game, recently released by Double Fine Productions, and funded by Kickstarter backers. It is an absolute feast of an incredibly unique art design, with amazing soundtracks, and a great, great story. Divided into 2 parts, which both are included in price, one is currently available to play, and other one is in progress right now.

(This review is written for people who are familiar with the genre, and have some brief background knowledge about it. I recommend you to pass if you are unfamiliar, since I'll be refering to some classics and relating Broken Age's quality to them.)

I want to talk about the sounds of the game first, since it actually impresses me the most. As expected, Peter McConnell (He was responsible for soundtracks of many LucasArts and Double Fine Productions classics. Creator of that famous Monkey Island loop, pretty nice, eh?) did an amazing job on soundtracks, perfectly reflecting the spirits of places like Meriloft, Shellmound, Bossa Nostra, making you feel like you are actually there. It's one of the best game OST I've recently heard, along with Bastion, Transistor, Braid, and Thomas was Alone OST's. As for dialogues, what you'll encounter is beyond belief, as it was a Kickstarter funded game. Names like Elijah Wood and Jack Black are the voice actors, and they all have done an amazing job, also as expected. You may wonder like, "Where did they found all that money to pay them?", well, they actually didn't! Voice actors were making a huge pay-cut, willingly, just becaue they liked the game so much...

Lee Petty (He was also the art director of Brütal Legend.), working with Nathan Stapley (And he was the art director of Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine, one of my first action-adventure games (and a pretty good one) after Tomb Raider.) did an absolutely gorgeous job for the visuals, that it's almost as amazing and unique as the art style of Curse of Monkey Island, which I personally consider as the peak of uniqueness. Such graphics will never get old, and will be considered great even after 30 years.

And Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine Productions, creator of games like Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Brütal Legend, The Secret of Monkey Island, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge...well, I think we don't even need talk about him. An incredible talent, a total genius. A below-decent, and even an avarage story was out of question, all I've expected was pure amazingness, and he delivered just that! Bravo Tim...

Only problem with Broken Age is that, it is kind of too easy for someone familiar with this genre. Yet, it personally doesn't matter for me, since I'm not playing a point-and-click adventure for its ridiculously exaggeratively difficult puzzles (Not like I'm eliminating the ones which has that difficulty level. It just simply doesn't matter.), but for its fluent smart story with a good sense of humor. And, that's Broken Age!

In a nutshell, Double Fine did it again...

Buy this game, buy this game and play it!
Posted: July 16th, 2014
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
767 products in account
10 reviews
38.2 hrs on record
Liked it a bunch. Music's great, art is great, acting is great, dialogue is great, charming as hell.

A little on the easy side though. Hit a minor wall once on Vella's story due to a language barrier but solved it by trying every item on the thing and learned an English word in the process.
Posted: April 20th, 2014
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
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1 review
5.7 hrs on record
I just loved this game. It's a little piece of art: unusual and interesting plot, very nice animation, accurate sound decoration, lovely music.
Posted: July 2nd, 2014
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715 of 829 people (86%) found this review helpful
297 products in account
1 review
11.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: January 14th, 2014
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