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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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Broken Age Act 1 Release

February 18th, 2014

Thanks to all of you lovely folks who checked out the game during our backer beta from January 14-28. We thought it would be good to drop everyone a note about the release build that went up after that. This build included the following stuff:

New interaction options
  • There are now options to toggle between click and drag interaction modes
  • Inventory is now mapped to right click on PC and Linux
  • Added mouse sensitivity options

Art and animation polish
Lots of scenes were re-painted at a higher resolution and many animation pops and sorting issues were fixed up!

There was also just a lot of general bug fixing during this period. I'd recommend checking the game out again before act 2 releases.

AND THANKS FOR PLAYING!

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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
364 of 438 people (83%) found this review helpful
818 products in account
25 reviews
5.0 hrs on record
After an overwhelmingly successful Kickstarter campaign, Tim Schafer and his team at Double Fine have decided to return to their roots with their first point-and-click adventure game in over 15 years. Similar to their past projects like Grim Fandango and The Secret of Monkey Island, Broken Age features unforgettable characters, puzzles, unique themes, and plenty of humor.

The game centers around two characters each from a drastically different walk of life. One half of the narrative follows Vella, a girl who is to be offered as a sacrifice to an enormous monster known as Mog Chothra. While the other half of the story focuses on a boy named Shay who finds himself trapped on a spaceship under the watchful eye of an overly protective computer that holds him prisoner under the pretense of safety. Both of the characters yearn for change and freedom in their own way. While Vella is surrounded by overly zealous villagers that cling to tradition, Shay is completely isolated and patronized by an overbearing computer as he’s forced to endure the same routine day after day.

The puzzles are quite satisfying, they’re not overly complex but they still require some thinking which is a refreshing change from most recent games in the genre. They consist of scouring the environment for various items which can be combined with one another or given to certain characters. The amount of overall polish added to the dialogue is impressive, as you’ll most likely try to use the items in your inventory in clever ways to prompt humorous reactions and responses.

The art style is unique and really sets the game apart. While not being overly impressive on a technical level, Broken Age is brimming with personality and has an undeniable charm. The game feels like a children’s book come to life but the underlying themes and subtle humor make it appealing to players of all ages. The environments are varied and interesting to look at while the characters are all quite memorable.

Sporting an all-star cast, the voice acting is top notch which brings each of the characters to life with standout performances from Elijah Wood as Shay and Jennifer Hale best known for her work on Mass Effect (Femshep) as the megalomaniacal computer. The soundtrack is also well done, fitting the mood and atmosphere of the game perfectly.

Unfortunately, the game is quite linear and doesn’t really offer much in terms of re-playability. The different dialogue options add a bit of humor but have little to no impact on the story. For example: choosing to lie to certain characters won’t change the way they perceive you and will have the same effect as telling the truth.

Act one is also fairly short, lasting around 4 hours and it ends with a bit of a cliffhanger which will leave you anxiously waiting for Act two. Broken Age probably would have benefited from being released all at once but Act two is promised at no additional cost at a later date.

Overall, Broken Age is a charming game with a strong narrative, great humor and memorable characters. It’s proof that there is still room for creativity and innovation amidst the slew of modern action titles. Broken Age not only revives the point and click genre, it helps redefine it.

TLDR? This review is also available in video format:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kNp4HjhyQY


Pros:

+ Strong Narrative
+ Solid Voice Acting
+ Great Sense of Humor
+ Reasonable Puzzles
+ Fantastic Art Direction
+ Charming and Unique


Cons:

- Cliffhanger Ending
- Short Length (3 - 4 hours long)
- Linear
- Dialogue Options have little influence on the story.
Posted: January 29th, 2014
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47 of 67 people (70%) found this review helpful
90 products in account
7 reviews
20.7 hrs on record
Broken Age is by far one of the most amazing point and click adventure games I have ever played. I honestly wish this game would have been around when I was a kid, because I know I would have loved it even more than I already do. What can I say? The game was very well designed and is truly unique is every aspect. From the amazing artwork, to the enjoyable soundtrack that gives the game it's adorable charm. The aspect of playing 2 different characters in different world is something I've yet to try in any game until Broken Age. Even though I've only played part one, my jaw still dropped at the ending making me so excited for part two. I knew before buying this game from what I saw that this would be a winner, and I can peoudly say this game is a winner. I suggest you give it a try. This game has forever won a special place in my heart, and I applaud Double Fine for yet again, creating a masterpiece. I was waiting for a game like this for many years. I can only hope to see more games like Broken Age in the future.
Posted: February 13th, 2014
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202 of 344 people (59%) found this review helpful
98 products in account
1 review
4.5 hrs on record
I purchased this game based on certain positive 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

“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


Having beaten it in roughly 4 hours, I have to ask: Was I playing the same game?

Nostolgia?

New Era for Point and Click?

The Greats?

This game offers nothing to the genre. The Greats had action menus. large explorable worlds, plenty of red herrings (both as objects and characters), along with memorable personalities and dialogue. Broken Age has none of this. Instead, interctive action menus have been replaced by a single mouse cursor which works for all Look\Interact\Pick Up type activities. Clicking on a piece of the world causes the character to simply interact with it in only one way.

The puzzles are laughable. Some of them literally require nothing more than getting to the end of a dialogue tree.

I suggest you all save your money and wait for a real adventure game.
Posted: February 3rd, 2014
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21 of 33 people (64%) found this review helpful
96 products in account
3 reviews
3.3 hrs on record
The game itself is very charming, both graphically and story-wise. But it's still just two chapters, 4 hours each. Don't get me wrong - the game is solid in terms of puzzles (though a little too easy for my taste) and mechanics, but 8 hours of total gameplay is just not worth 23 euros. If you have the money and really appreciate the hand-drawn artstyle and good story provided by the game, then by all means, buy it. But if you're like me - looking for some challenging puzzles and lengthy, memorable playthrough for similar price, then it's not a game for you.
Posted: February 2nd, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
3.9 hrs on record
This may be an unpopular opinion but this game is nowhere near worth £18.99. Keeping in mind this is intended to be a point and click adventure game and it drops the ball continually, yes the visuals are gorgeous and yes the voice acting is top notch, the characters are excellent and the plot is reasonably entertaining. So why the negative review? It isn't an adventure game, if you really contrast this with the classics (monkey island, sam and max, day of the tentacle) and even some recent adventure game titles (Deponia, Chaos on Deponia, Harvey's new eyes, The whispered world) you'll see that there is absolutely no imagination in the puzzles which are obscenely easy (literallly click this thing, click that thing, done) and it constantly overlooks opportunities to get that old style adventure game feel. For the budget this game had and the price they're asking, to finish the first act in 3 hours and have to wait months for the end is just sad and disappointing.

Wasted potential
Posted: July 9th, 2014
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3,004 of 3,455 people (87%) found this review helpful
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1 review
4.0 hrs on record
A spoon in this game has more personality than most AAA game protagonists.
Posted: January 14th, 2014
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