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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
49 of 69 people (71%) found this review helpful
91 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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206 of 354 people (58%) 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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12 of 18 people (67%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
39 products in account
3 reviews
4.8 hrs on record
Okay, so I bought this game because I'm so very fond of point and click games, but I have to say this one was hyped up to be much more than it was.

I loved so many things about this game. The beautiful graphics, the voice acting very good, and the soundtrack very nice. But for a point and click game, it left me with few things to click and explore, its so linear that its rather boring. The secondary characters are pretty flat and you aren't give enough interactions to care about anyone in the world, including the characters themeselves. The only character that actually had any depth was Vella, even the second MC, Shay was flat and boring.

As for the puzzles themselves, they weren't challenging, and there was no real "challenge" to them really, Just find stuff and use it on the right person or place and oooh you've done it.

I hate to be the nay-sayer among so many voices crying how good it is, but even from a story standpoint, if this act was supposed to get me interested in the characters and wanting to know more about their plights, this acts fell incredibly short. A real shame because I really really wanted to like this game and was hoping for a fresh and new game with all the beauty this game has.

I can't say I hated this game, it wasn't annoying or gaudy in any way, it as just bland. Which is a real shame since the art is so rich and alive, I had been hoping for a story and a game with those things in equal measure.
Posted: April 30th, 2014
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3,006 of 3,457 people (87%) found this review helpful
232 products in account
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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