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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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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Mac OS X
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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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Kasraz
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Great writing and story, rich character development, beautiful art style, clever puzzles (a few really tough ones), overall a great game. Highly recommend to anyone!
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Scratchasaurus
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
not funny, not charming, boring puzzles, play the older point and clicks instead
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aisling.ffrench
( 15.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Beautiful imagery, witty dialogue, interesting plot. Definitely worth playing.
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D4nc1n9M00nL19h7
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
스토리텔링, 애니메이션, 음석 모두 만족!
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drone110266
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Didn't really grab my attention
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blackbirdpryn
( 30.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Started out strong with a genuinely compelling story and a neat plot reveal, second half was convulted and irritating. As usual, Double Fine knows how to make fun characters/character design. I do appreciate the attempt to dabble in the old point-and-click adventures. Their attention to details (side commentary, character dialogue) was enjoyable. I love Double Fine but this isn't one of my favorite games.
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scarletlady
( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
I literally could not recommend this game more. The art, animation, and cinematics are great, the voice acting is great, the pop culture references and jokes are great, and the story actively made me cry (happy tears not sad ones)

A couple of the puzzles' solutions are findable, but would have required hours of searching and trial and error if I hadn't resorted to a wakthrough. You should buy and play this immediately, but also don't feel guilty for googling something if it takes you a long time to figure out.

4.7/5
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marcinthelotus
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
This game was incredible! If you like challenging point and click narratives then I highly recommend this game. The artwork is really stunning and the music is beautiful. It gives a really good atmosphere. The point and click controls are very easy and the puzzles are challenging without being impossible.

It was intuitive enough that I didn't get frustrated much even though it took me a while to get through. I only got completely stuck twice.

I really liked the story. It was very well developed. Each of the main characters and many of the supporting characters were well developed and had a lot of depth. I wish there could be some kind of sequel because I got really attached to the world.
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benbolin
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
This game is a REALLY mixed bag. A real pity- it starts with a great deal of promise, but the writers just didn't seem to know where to take the story, and the whole game suffers for it.
I rate it 5 out of 10.

Pros:
Beautiful Artwork and Animation
Pretty good humor
Excellent voiceover work for the most part (Jack Black in particular really nails his part, though it's small)
Mostly solid puzzles
An interesting story premise

Cons:
A few ridiculously obscure puzzles that require bizarre leaps of logic
Jarring shifts in tone in the storytelling
Plot holes big enough to drive a starship through
Giant TWIST in the story midway through that never gets explained AT ALL
Unsatisfying and trite conclusion to the story
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Nocturnal Stalker
( 21.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
I don’t think Tim Schafer needs much introduction as his brilliant works speak for him. But can Broken Age be put among his best creations? In my humble opinion, it definitely can. All the characteristic features are present: captivating storyline, original setting, interesting (and many quite absurd) characters, dialogues filled with humour, top-notch voice acting, good music…
Broken Age is a story of a girl and a boy, each one with unique circumstances, that try to escape from their destiny, but the way this story is told is unlike any other you may have ever read. I don’t want to spoil the game by revealing the details, but, if you like the games of Double Fine Productions or good adventure games in general, I can pretty much guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I, for one, have barely noticed how I’ve spent 20 hours playing, reading, laughing, solving puzzles and, most of all, enjoying the ride. Surely, if you want to, you will likely find some weak points in Broken Age, but as it never was my intention, I can truthfully say that those 20 hours were like a breath of fresh air.
Highly recommended. Period.
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Chrollo
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
By reading the reviews I expected the game to start really sucking during the second half, but that didn't happen at all. I thought the second half was just as lovely as the first and both together create two halves of a great story.

While it is true that there seems to be a missing third arc, the game does fine without it. You understand the underlying plot just fine without having to actual see the bad guys get taken down. It completes the personal stories of the two main characters and that feels fine.

Personally I loved the spaceship and was intrigued constantly by everything about it. The design and concept behind the whole thing is just amazing and the game was fun just to get to explore that thing.

All in all I loved this game, and I think everyone is being way too hard on it. People complain about the difficulty of puzzles in the second half, but if you're a Adventure game regular you won't have too much trouble. (Granted there is a robot wiring puzzle which is confusing as all hell and even when you understand it you basically HAVE to write things down on a physical piece of paper to complete it which is reeeaaal old school.) I can understand why people who hate it for that.
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Enkazadas The Indomitable
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
First act was great, second act was a letdown and full of annoying wiring puzzles that you had to repeat again and again for slight mistakes.
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Rushtiger
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Quelle erreur j'ai fait d'acheter ce jeu !!!! Les graphismes, les dialogues, le scénario, tout est fait pour plaire à des enfants de moins de 12 ans.
J'y ai joué 30 mins, et bye bye.
Je déconseille fortemment, sauf si c'est pour des enfants
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Nickysoldier
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
It's a double fine game...
That's good enough for me.
Also has a nice story and artstyle with two main characters.
(SOMEWHAT OF A SPOILER)









I didn't really understand the ending that much.
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kida.luna
( 60.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Act 1 very good, interesting story, great cliffhanger ending leaves you wanting more, Then Act 2 is boring and frustrating, the plot is never fleshed out further and then the game just abruptly ends with no real explanation. I was so sure there was an act 3 but apparently not. So many unanswered questions. Had potential but would not recommend,
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Hug Deserver
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Even though the game isn't episodic on Steam, there really is a clear difference between Act 1 and 2 - Act 1 is basically brilliant, getting to know the world and its environment is a joy, but Act 2 is very static. The second half takes the environments and adds nothing to them except a bunch of puzzles, some of which are almost literally in a checklist. This is really not fun, as part of the fun of these games is uncovering the world and feeling a part of it.

That said, this is cute and nice, just expect it to peak halfway through.
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Freddy
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
I loved the 1st part but when the 2nd one came it came back to same ideas done differently - i didn't even continue playing it sadly.
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Gaghskull
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
This game is a lot of fun. Yes, in the second part there is a bit of the classic weird adventure game logic, yet I never gave up on it like I had with something from Gabriel Knight. The art is adorable, and the characters a lot of fun. You could do far worse than playing this.
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WarlordMSM
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Why R U reading reviews for such a great game? if enjoy point and click games, this game is extremely recommended!
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princessofagape
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
The story was really fun to follow. Super easy game, but honestly, so worth it.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Broken age is the game that really got kickstarter started for games. While it's not the first game, it helped opening the floodgates. And a lot of great games have come out of kickstarter. So, how does Broken Age hold up?

Let me just start this review with saying that no, I've not actually beaten the game.. And I don't feel like doing so, despite having less than 1/3 of it left. That's probably saying a lot about the game.

Graphics & Sound
Broken Age has a very distinct art style. While it might not have the most advanced graphics on the market, it has its own visual identity. If it looks good or not, well that's up to each and every one of us to decide, but the screenshots are representative. The game looks like it does in the screenshots. Personally, I'm a fan of it, I think it's a very pleasing art style. Some of the animations do look a bit off though, and the character models sometimes look like they're not really a part of the world, but overlayed on it. For the most part though, it looks good.
One can't talk about Broken Age without mentioning the voice acting. It's excellent. The voice actors all convey the personalities of the characters really well, and it does not sound phoned in. Looking at the list of voice actors this is not surprising though, these are veteran voice actors. The soundtrack is no slouch either, and while it's unlikely to be remembered as one of the all time greatest, it works well with the game, and actually sounds really good.

Story & Setting
Broken age follows two different characters, Vella & Shay, who live very different lives. Vella grew up in a colourful fantasy world, terrorized by a big beast who demands a sacrifice of maidens (and she is one of the maidens who's going to be sacrificed), while Shay lives on board a space ship that caters to his every needs. And never the two shall meet. Or so it feels at least, during half the game. The two characters are entirely separate, and their stories don't seem to relate in any meaningful way. And this, I feel, was a mistake. As the two stories are so disconnected from each other, it's easy to just focus on one character at a time and ignoring the other. The stories do of course end up crossing each other, but then they split again.
I found Vella to both have a more compelling story, and to be a more interesting character. Shay just felt a bit bland, where when I was playing through Vella's story I found the game interesting and it motivated me to push forward.

Gameplay
This is a traditional adventure game, in the vein of the games made by Lucas Arts in the mid 90's. Puzzles are mostly inventory based. Find the item that goes with the other item or character, which gives you an item that you then can use to solve a puzzle that gives you another item. It's all very traditional, and there's nothing wrong with that. The issue are with the puzzles. During the first half of the game you're mostly confined to small areas with few items, so even if you can't figure out a logical way for the items to fit together, you don't have many combinations to worry about, so brute-forcing puzzles is easy. During the second half the puzzles gets more involved, but they also don't make much sense. Even after having solved some puzzles, I don't know how I was supposed to know what to do. Moon logic is often used to describe puzzles like these, puzzles that don't make much logical sense, and there's a good amount of moon logic in Broken Age. The worst offenders are the puzzles that require you to use one character in order to find hints on how to solve puzzles for the other character, where the two characters have no way of communicating with each other. It does not make much sense to switch to another character in order to solve a puzzle when they have no way of interacting. The game also does not communicate that you should do this, and in the first half of the game it teaches you that you don't need to switch characters to solve puzzles.

Final Thoughts
While Broken Age is by no means terrible, I feel that I can't recommend it. The moon logic puzzles in the second act and a story where only one half feels compelling just killed it for me. Had the stories been more intertwined and the puzzles better, this game could have been a winner, but as it stands, it just feels like wasted potential.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
I bought and played Broken Age after playing the remastered Day of the Tentacle. Whilst BA didn't quite scratch the itch I had for playing more of the same of DotT, I would still recommend BA. At the time of playing I did feel the puzzles were quite easy for much of the game, but towards the end the puzzles did become harder. I didn't become completely stuck at any point, and don't feel that there were really any 'random' or 'illogical' puzzles.

The story and characters in broken age are quite pleasant, and some of the not-particularly-subtle adult puns and humour were well appreciated.

I think that I would definitely recommend this game to anyone wanting to play a good point and click puzzle adventure. It is good quality.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
It's tough but good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
This game is a lot of fun. Yes, in the second part there is a bit of the classic weird adventure game logic, yet I never gave up on it like I had with something from Gabriel Knight. The art is adorable, and the characters a lot of fun. You could do far worse than playing this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
This game was incredible! If you like challenging point and click narratives then I highly recommend this game. The artwork is really stunning and the music is beautiful. It gives a really good atmosphere. The point and click controls are very easy and the puzzles are challenging without being impossible.

It was intuitive enough that I didn't get frustrated much even though it took me a while to get through. I only got completely stuck twice.

I really liked the story. It was very well developed. Each of the main characters and many of the supporting characters were well developed and had a lot of depth. I wish there could be some kind of sequel because I got really attached to the world.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
First act was great, second act was a letdown and full of annoying wiring puzzles that you had to repeat again and again for slight mistakes.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Started out strong with a genuinely compelling story and a neat plot reveal, second half was convulted and irritating. As usual, Double Fine knows how to make fun characters/character design. I do appreciate the attempt to dabble in the old point-and-click adventures. Their attention to details (side commentary, character dialogue) was enjoyable. I love Double Fine but this isn't one of my favorite games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
I literally could not recommend this game more. The art, animation, and cinematics are great, the voice acting is great, the pop culture references and jokes are great, and the story actively made me cry (happy tears not sad ones)

A couple of the puzzles' solutions are findable, but would have required hours of searching and trial and error if I hadn't resorted to a wakthrough. You should buy and play this immediately, but also don't feel guilty for googling something if it takes you a long time to figure out.

4.7/5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Even though the game isn't episodic on Steam, there really is a clear difference between Act 1 and 2 - Act 1 is basically brilliant, getting to know the world and its environment is a joy, but Act 2 is very static. The second half takes the environments and adds nothing to them except a bunch of puzzles, some of which are almost literally in a checklist. This is really not fun, as part of the fun of these games is uncovering the world and feeling a part of it.

That said, this is cute and nice, just expect it to peak halfway through.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
I don’t think Tim Schafer needs much introduction as his brilliant works speak for him. But can Broken Age be put among his best creations? In my humble opinion, it definitely can. All the characteristic features are present: captivating storyline, original setting, interesting (and many quite absurd) characters, dialogues filled with humour, top-notch voice acting, good music…
Broken Age is a story of a girl and a boy, each one with unique circumstances, that try to escape from their destiny, but the way this story is told is unlike any other you may have ever read. I don’t want to spoil the game by revealing the details, but, if you like the games of Double Fine Productions or good adventure games in general, I can pretty much guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I, for one, have barely noticed how I’ve spent 20 hours playing, reading, laughing, solving puzzles and, most of all, enjoying the ride. Surely, if you want to, you will likely find some weak points in Broken Age, but as it never was my intention, I can truthfully say that those 20 hours were like a breath of fresh air.
Highly recommended. Period.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
This game is set in 2 parts. The first one is so easy that is almost insulting, and since that was a big complain from backers and reviewers, the have the second part being extremely dificult for no reason, with tons of puzzles that come out of nowehere and requiere both characters to solve despite them being in total diferent scenarios.

I disliked the game and finishing it turn into a chore, but after that it gets worst for achievement hunters, with tons of achievements about solving puzzles on the first try despite being try and error, related to pure luck or just dumb and confusing for the sake of it.

You can watch my game library and you´ll see I´m an adventure game enthusiast, from the narrative shows of TellTale, till the pixel art of Wadjet Eye and passing through the classic Lucas Arts games and, yes, the good Double Fine properties that Schafer got back a few years ago. And I enjoy every single one of those games, this one however was painful and the only thing possitive I have to say is that I liked the art and the voice acting, but if you don´t like or you´re indiferent to the art style, and if voice acting isn´t somethign that makes games worth buying for you, then I wouldn´t recommend this game even to an adventure gamer, hell, I wouldn´t even recommended to my enemies.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
This game is a REALLY mixed bag. A real pity- it starts with a great deal of promise, but the writers just didn't seem to know where to take the story, and the whole game suffers for it.
I rate it 5 out of 10.

Pros:
Beautiful Artwork and Animation
Pretty good humor
Excellent voiceover work for the most part (Jack Black in particular really nails his part, though it's small)
Mostly solid puzzles
An interesting story premise

Cons:
A few ridiculously obscure puzzles that require bizarre leaps of logic
Jarring shifts in tone in the storytelling
Plot holes big enough to drive a starship through
Giant TWIST in the story midway through that never gets explained AT ALL
Unsatisfying and trite conclusion to the story
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
The disapointing part is that it didn't feel like the game really ended if anything it felt like we're still missing an entire third act.
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34 of 50 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Broken Age is a successfully kickstarted adventure game made by Double Fine (Psychonauts, Costume Quest, Brütal Legend) where the main thing is the new look on the environment where the story plays. Broken Age tries to blend fantasy and sci-fi into one big weird world with two protagonists. As in many other adventure games (Gemini Rue goes up to my mind at the moment), you can switch between protagonists anytime.

In the world from fantasy theme view, you play as Vella, young baker girl who is just supposed to be sacrificed towards big flying Lovecraftian monster because of the tradition that promises villages not being destroyed for offering in form of young ladies. All people think of it as honor to be sacrificed, but Vella would rather pay the iron price.

From futuristic theme view, you play as Shay, a boy who is living in a spaceship with his "Mom" and "Dad". Although he has a carefree life there, he gets sullen because of the repeating rutine of eating, sleeping and completing missions that should make him feel like a hero. But... even he already realised there's something not right there.

You may now ask how does such different storylines can be put together in one game but that doesn't deserve a proper answer - just put up with the fact that it's possible and it's believable. That applies fully to the Act I (at the early access phase of the game, only the first act was available, so the game got a lot of praise).

The second act changed opinion of many people, myself included. There are many plotholes and nonsense parts which could be overlooked if there wasn't the ending that, story-wise, feels rushed. Oh my, isn't that Double Fine's tradition? I remember similar impression from Brütal Legend!

Difficulty of the game varies on, surprisingly, acts. The first act is pretty easy, you will stay in flow, happily continuing through the story. The second act rises with difficulty that can get you stuck at some moments, but I think it's still in bearable for most players. The ending is something frustrating and hard, even though it plays on lesser amount of rooms.

But everything isn't worth criticizing, the game doesn't deserve it. In both acts, characters have a good sense of humour, there are many nice gags and puns. It's also worth mentioning there's more references pointed towards specific groups of people and communities than towards games. Finally a game that tries to be funny without arrow in the knee! (Even though it's a hyperbole, I still think those gaming references are overused in games that are trying to be funny.)

Visual style perfectly expresses the unique world of Broken Age and I don't think there's anything to reproach, if you don't mind more room recyclation as the story is revolving just in few specific places. What almost could not be better is the voice acting that's really great! (It would be weird if it wasn't, as there are professional actors.)

Conclusion:
Broken Age is a disappointment for everybody who went with the hype that started with its Kickstarter campaign, because it ended up as a mediocre adventure made by well-known studio. If the game held the difficulty through all acts, and was properly finished without much nonsense around, it would be definitely great. But it isn't, it's just another point and click adventure game. Still even through the negative aspects I mentioned, I think it's worth buying on sale.


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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Devs did a great job on this game.
Graphics are nicely looking in this point and click game.
And it's probally a hard game if you didn't use a walkthrough like me :D
But yeah i'd like to recommend this game it's very decent.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Very brief comments because this game needs no more reviews:

The good is that it is beautiful, well acted, clever, unique, and solvable without hints. It does not overfill your inventory, and it has Jack Black in it (briefly).

The bad is that the story gradually fell apart because you see so little about the real antagonists, and we all know the story was contrived to suit the split gameplay, not to mention the badly split development schedule.

The game is almost a 10 anyway, and probably would have been if they had developed it all at once and I had played it all at once. That also killed my opportunity to get many of the achievements on one run-through. They weren't in place when I played the first half of the game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Wow! This game did everything right, even the ending. So it starts off in act 1, you get to switch between two characters (Shay and Vella). The puzzles in act 1 are mediocre not too difficult not too easy, act 2 the puzzles get more difficult and complex. You need to use clues from Vellas story in Shays puzzles and vice versa. The art is amazing aswell its sort of cartoony but still gives the characters life. Now the real gem of this game is its story, incredibly unique ive never seen a similar story. As you play the story unfolds in unimaginable twists. Not to mention how immersive the atmosphere is. This game is a diamond if you like puzzle games, if you end up buying it i hope you enjoy it as much as i did.
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Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
beautiful game and interesting storyline with a plot twist. puzzles near the end get more challenging, but overall a great puzzle game. :)
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Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this game. Well, actually, story with puzzles. I liked that most puzzles were not too difficult, but enough to make it fun. (Remember the wiring! That will make sense the first time you play and realize you paid no attention.)

The story was deeper than I thought it would be and, happily, longer than I thought it would be. Don't let the unusual art work deter you. It is more sophisticated than it seems from the previews. It fits well with the story and I enjoyed this.

As for playability, I've played through once so this is from a one-time play-through perspective. Let me put it this way, if you enjoy reading a story, setting it aside for awhile and then reading it again, you could replay and enjoy it. If, however, you are a person who reads a book once and never reads it again, you may not enjoy playing it again. But I bet you enjoy playing it at least once.

Though the story seems to be set, the fact that you are allowed to solve the problems in your own time, and some interaction is done differently, I think you could play it more than once.

I definitely recommend it.
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Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
This game took me back. It's fortunate that I waited for both episodes to play, since the wait between them put so many people off. Now that it's one complete package I think it works fine.

This is a good example of why episodic games can either work or fail. If episodic means you tire everyone out, it hurts your game. If it means everyone is thrilled by a cliffhanger by the new episode, it helps your game. I am recommending this now, but I think breaking it up hurt this game, and I think that is unfortunate. It's still a gem, and Double Fine has an opportunity to learn from their mistakes.
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