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.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,907 reviews) - 83% of the 4,907 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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.
Helpful customer reviews
480 of 589 people (81%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
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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268 of 348 people (77%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2015
Before Broken Age, I was never let down by Tim Schafers works. Granted most of his games weren't all that great as games - but they usually made up for that with a memorable cast, witty dialogue and great settings / stories. While Broken Age has some of that Schafer magic at times, it just doesn't feel like a whole package to me.

The "story" is hardly interesting and when you get to the great twist upon starting Act 2 there is nothing ever being built from there - in fact, the faction that gets briefly introduced is about the only thing I was interested in learning more about. And then the game ends it and they lived happily ever after. Calling the ending "abrupt" would be an understatement - it just stops without explaining anything or offering a satisfying conclusion. Act 2 also feels a lot like its "social commentary" was more important than anything else, because tonally it's different - particularly Vella's attitude changes somewhat and got on my nerves, while Shay overall just feels like filler from the get go.

It's a great looking game at times (when the low-res art isn't zoomed to a level where you can count every pixel) and sounds good, but I can't shake the feeling it was entirely pointless and like 75% filler-material. In fact, I believe an hour long animation could have achieved everything story-wise without being a mediocre adventure game. The way it is now, Broken Age suffers from terrible puzzles (again, Act 2 being really bad - like The Dig-levels of annoying, never wanting to rewire any robots any time soon), has a sucky save-system and controls that feel slightly off (perhaps because it is originally a tablet-game?).

Can't even say I am disappointed because this game is so "whatever" - but won't recommend it either, try some Wadjet Eye stuff instead.
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213 of 280 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
I bought this game when the first episode was the only installment out, Broken Age was in my top 10 favorite games until the second chapter. In my opinion, the game gets significantly harder in such a way that I will most likely never replay it because of one specific puzzle. The 2nd chapter's storytelling feels lazy, and we never get to explore what could have been one of the most interesting areas, especially considering that the lead up to said city was something established since the beginning. Instead we briefly see it for about 3 seconds.

The second part overall felt rushed and lazy, it was so disappointing to wait 2 years for such a bland installment. Broken Age had such a large budget and loving crew that it is difficult to imagine how this happened, but ultimately it's just not good. Additionally, if you want any sort of closure, you have to watch the credits to get sketches of what happens after the end of the game. I'm not talking about extras either, there were drawings of what should have been integral parts of the ending.

The most frustrating thing is probably that our two protagonists still never get to speak to one another.
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170 of 230 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
Act 2 of this game is pathetic. The puzzles were not puzzles so much as arbitrary things loosely linked and generally only discovered through pure trial and error. My guess is 80% of the people out there will just read a walkthrough. When you read a walkthrough for a good puzzle, you see the answer and think: "I could have figured that out, now that I see what I missed." No, almost every one of the puzzles in Act 2, I thought: "Wow, that was stupid. No one would figure this out without pure luck or outside guidance."

In addition to that, the story and background are flat. They just reused most of what was in the first Act, scattered some arbitrary and poorly thought out puzzles around, and called it a day. The 2nd half of this game takes a 5 star first half and makes the whole thing 2, maybe 2.5 stars at best. You can't produce trash in the conclusion of your game without ruining the whole thing. What a waste.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
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.)

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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