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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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 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.
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Kris Unknown
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Charming and Fun
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mariskaas
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I waited forever to buy this game because of the doubt caused by all the terrible reviews about part 2. Finally, it came in a bundle with games I defintely wanted so I decided, why not give it a try.
And, my initial reaction was something like: screw this game with it's dumb puzzles and stupid story.
Which was not entirely fair.

First of all, the art is very beautiful, cute and just sort of calming to look at (probably because of the colour scheme).
Second of all, the voice acting was very good, and the writing was decent as well.

Act 1 started off brilliantly, I loved the story, and the intrigue and all the questions that started to pop up that needed answers, and I got really excited.
Most of the puzzles in act 1 were fine, not difficult, not extremely illogical or annoying.

Act 2 also started out oke, it still could go anywhere. But it didn't. The story felt extremely rushed, and I felt like they skipped over some built-up from act 1 and left some stuff hanging while kinda dumbing down the story (In my opinion).
But, It was still an ok story, could have been more maybe, but It was not terrible. Which I decided on after some post-hoc consideration.

However, a lot of puzzles in act 2 I really hated. First of all they do the same one like 4-5 times, exactly the same thing, which feels lazy. Also, some of these puzzles you need information from the one character to use for the second character, which takes away a bit from the immersion (how does this character know this information). So after I guess half of act 2 I just asked google what to do because i got way to frustrated and did not enjoy the game anymore.

So, since there is no neutral option for reviews it's a hard decision. But in the end, besides the extremely annoying puzzles, and slightly dissapointing story progression, I still decided to finish it. And I'd like to think that when I at least finish it, it was worth my time.

TL;TR: Not the greatest point 'n click ever, but fun enough when you get it cheap
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battletoasters
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
The only problem I have with this game is that Vella's story is so much better than Shay's. That doesn't mean Shay's is bad, but Vella's is amazing. The puzzle difficulty difference is absurd between the first and second act (I got through the first act by myself and had to resort to guides on the second), but the story is fantastic. It has it's faults but the game is definitely worth a play through.
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Running Rounds
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
-Good game.
-Point and click.
-Decent voice acting, a little stiff, but good.
-Many hours can be poured into it, especially as I found the second half to be significantly harder. I'm fairly sure I wouldn't have found the answers to some later puzzles without cheats. Some felt like a definite leap in logic had to be used to solve them.

-The linear time line does limit replayability.
-I don't regret buying this.
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linbot
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
There is a chance that this game's story may eventually become interesting, but I despise the general interface technique of forcing you to click everywhere on everything, sometimes multiple times. And even if you can find the usually nonsensical solution straight off, you won't be able to implement it until you've clicked on all of the wrong things. This isn't a puzzle, it's a tree completion exercise.

Ugh.
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InfamousAcidRain
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Utterly Brilliant. Ending could have been a little longer, but still satisfying. Great art, great voices, great story, great puzzles.

Not sure why people are complaining about the puzzles. Go look it up if you get stuck, don't get angry at the game. I had to look up one thing in the whole game (the snake).
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SumeQ
( 15.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
holy ♥♥♥♥. this game is a lot of fun.
fantastic music, amazing voiceovers, full of suprizes storyline, lots of humor, and hard puzzels with this dumb but logic solution that gives you this great feeling inside of you after solving them.
hey it's preety good
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Yusep
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
It is beautiful.
It is boring.
If you ae looking for point n click adventures, there a lot of them out there that are better
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Cardboard Box
( 17.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Overall great game with an imaginative story. Worth buying simply for the story and world. Very well-designed, despite some puzzles not being intuitive.

Good
- Excellent voice acting, completely believable
- Well-designed story, deep and maintains interest
- Great visuals, and easy for beginner gamers to navigate
- Vibrant characters, personalities felt genuine
- Lots of surprisingly funny moments, solid writing
- Immersive world
- Pleasant music and audio effects
- Gameplay is mostly smooth and intuitive. Challenging and satisfying puzzles.

Bad
- Movement around the screen could be faster (character walking), not a huge deal.
- Some puzzles in Act 2 were not intuitive and required too much trial and error to solve (i.e. having to talk to every character on 12 different screens, exhaust every bit of dialogue for each character, and trying to use very item on every object, all in order to figure out the one arbitrary thing that you need to do). NOTE: This was not a problem for most of the game.
- Possible bug caused my save file to be corrupted an hour after starting - but I liked the game plenty enough to spend the necessary time to re-do that half of Act 1.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Broken Age has made somewhat of a name for itself over the past couple years. Starting its life as a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign that has since inspired multiple other dream projects. Crafted by the same team that made the original Grim Fandango, Broken Age was developed as a throwback to adventure games of the past. The game is drawn up in a pastel-heavy style that is both beautiful and appropriate for the wacky antics Double Fine is known for — don’t let it deter you either. Broken Age is a fantastic journey that has a little something for everyone.

The story is split between dual protagonists, Vella and Shay, who share more in common than first meets the eye in a universe filled with twists, turns and well-placed illusions. Vella is a girl who has been selected by her village peers to be a living sacrifice to a monster known as the Mog Chothra — and wishing to shed her fate, sets off to escape. Shay is a young boy who lives in the confines of his very own spaceship, under the watchful eye of a motherly computer who works to protect him at all costs. Shay too grows tired of his “traditions” and sneaks off to seek the thrill of real adventure.

Everything comes to a head at the end of Act 1 when the story concludes several shocking developments before transitioning into the second Act where things become even more interesting for the dual protagonists as they swap places and explore their new worlds. The only downside to this development is the amount of recycled content — you’ll be revisiting a lot of the same NPCs and as a result it takes away from a lot of the discovery the first Act introduced for players. Those qualms aside though, I did enjoy going back and seeing how the circumstantial differences had changed things I already knew. The dialogue alone does not disappoint.

When you start the game you’ll have the option straight away of choosing between Vella or Shay’s tale — both of which can be swapped interchangeably any time you feel like a change of pace. Shay’s story is a bit more exploration and puzzle-heavy, where as Vella’s is more dialogue-heavy with many cutscenes in between traditional fetch-quest segments often found in typical adventure games. You’ll find yourself playing through both characters to get the whole picture here but that’s where Broken Age really shines. Its writing is clever and its characters are done through with a good amount of depth and occasional silliness. Double Fine’s work here is top notch and the various twists and reveals throughout the story kept me reaching for more.

From a gameplay perspective, Broken Age is your standard adventure game romp through the use of point-and-click gestures, inventory management and dialogue options players have come to expect over the years. Broken Age really encourages exploration — and element forced on you to advance the story, which often involves the use of clever puzzles which have equally easy to understand and use controls.

Broken Age is a wonderful experience that I can’t recommend enough. As someone who grew up on the LucasArts-style adventure games of old Double Fine has pulled through with just enough nostalgia and modern aesthetic, offering up a fresh and funny classic in an age where blockbuster games rule the roost.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Gameplay wise, this is pretty much your standard point and click adventure with a solid, easy to use interface.
Story wise, this game is bloody amazing.
It starts out as two seemingly different stories that are both very interesting.
I also really love the art style of this game.
I'd seriously recommend them to turn this into a mini series. I think it would do well.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I will be probably editing this (ongoing) review once I finish this game, but as I am playing this game I have to talk about it because it is SO AWESOME!

I can't tell you about whether the ending will be good or not, but so far it's such a treat! I can't recommend it enough.

If you like Deponia or the likes, then this is a game for you. Though it's a bit more serious than Deponia it has some very hardcore humor subtly integrated into an otherwise innocent looking game.

And when I say innocent looking, this game also has some vast darkness to it. I am so mind-blown by the sheer thinking that must have gone into creating it - or it is otherwise a perfect coincidence that this game is such an unparalleled mixture of LIGHT and/vs DARK.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I was new to the world of gaming when I bought this and I still am but this game was incredible. It was interesting, funny, moving and had a flawless narrative that left me playing this game way into the night. The characters are to die for and the plot is truly amazing. If you're looking for a game that will shake you, love you and move you straight to your core, this is it.
Five stars.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
I thought other reviews were exagerating the "Act 1 is amazing/Act 2 is terrible" thing. No. They weren't. The first half of Broken Age is beautiful, with a great duel storyline of young teens rebelling and clever intuitive puzzles. Using items on inappropriate things produces loads of clever dialog.

Then Act 2 comes along. Just go ahead and pull up a guide because the puzzles are annoying and unintuitive now. Several depend on getting timing perfect or referring to things from the other character's side of the story. Item interactions go down significantly as well. The story doesn't really hold up either.

I got Broken Age cheap, from a Humble Bundle, and I'm glad I played Act 1. But Act 2 makes me glad I didn't pay more. Consider this a "barely positive" review, for Act 1 and excellent voice acting and art.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Loved the story and the twists! Puzzles not too hard, though some left me scratching my head for a while. Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
There is a chance that this game's story may eventually become interesting, but I despise the general interface technique of forcing you to click everywhere on everything, sometimes multiple times. And even if you can find the usually nonsensical solution straight off, you won't be able to implement it until you've clicked on all of the wrong things. This isn't a puzzle, it's a tree completion exercise.

Ugh.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
3,020 of 3,477 people (87%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 14, 2014
A spoon in this game has more personality than most AAA game protagonists.
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776 of 938 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2014
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.
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520 of 652 people (80%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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