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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    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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rpattun
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Don't buy this unless you enjoy incomplete stories and cheap puzzles

To be fair - I enjoyed the first Act a lot. It's a beautiful unique looking game, with classic point-and-click puzzle solving. It's one of the few games where I don't hate the voice acting (it's really good actually). I enjoy these kinds of games! The story is meh (sometimes), but it ends with a good enough twist to get you looking forward to the conclusion in Act 2

Unfortunately, Act 2 drops the ball. It's bad enough that I can't recommend it. If you do buy the game, just stop at Act 1

Act 2 stlll looks great, but plot wise it's a bit of a mess. Characters and motivations change in ways that are confusing at best and nonsensical at worst. If Act 2 was just Act 1 with a slightly worse plot I'd still recommend it

But the puzzles. The real failure in Act 2 is the puzzles. Act 1 had some hard puzzles, but for the most part you could figure them out. There were, you know, hints on how to solve them. When Double Fine made Act 2 they apparently forgot that good puzzles still have clues

I could handle the bad clue-less puzzles and the irritating 'do it again from scratch if you make a mistake' puzzles, but there's a puzzle near the end (the wiring puzzle) that is so infuriatingly bad I quit the game. Impossible, logic-less puzzles are something from the 90s that I don't miss

Double Fine has my money already. Don't give them yours
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Grantley
( 40.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I really did like this game. It had good puzzles, good intrigue- and a fine story (through Act 1). Then it's almost as if the writers went, "Oh... shoot- we actually should have done it like this. Let's try to slip this in and hope they don't notice." Act 2 is just a MASSIVE plot hole- literally seems like 2 different people were writing the story with the second left trying to connect the second to the first with a lot of saccharin overtones. In-game tries to explain this massive plot hole but it's like hearing a really unconvincing lie, but choosing to believe it because- "eh, I'll give the person the benefit of a doubt".

Overall I'd recommend it, it was fun with a few challenging puzzles- you might get stuck in 2 places, (seems like a lot of people did) walkthroughs are helpful on that account. It's probably worth about $25 for ~40ish hours of playtime (you may go through it faster). I've seen worse movies for more than $25 (with my S.O. and I).
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Goal
( 26.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
This game is just great!!! I was really impressed.
Interesting story, wonderful decorations, lots of new ideas, no super hard and not logical actions,
Very good quality pictures and details on characters and story itself.
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I Aten't Dead
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
I've been wanting to play Broken Age for a while being a pretty big fan of adventure games and enjoying the Double Fine sort of writing style. So when I finally got to play through it, I was satisfied, but probably not to the level the game should have reached. So let's clear this out right away, Broken Age is seperated into three acts. The first two acts are full length and take about four hours each to go through on your first run - especially if you're like me and love to interact with absolutely everything. The final act is about half an hour but can take longer if you don't write things down and take pictures.

Broken Age's first act brings forth a large variety of assets both in characters and environments and 85 to 90% of them are reused for the second act. This doesn't matter much now since both acts are fully finished and included, though it could have been disappointing (and probably was) for players who originally purchased this game and waited for the second act to be released about a year later. Here's the thing though, even though a lot of assets are reused for the second act, I consider the second act to be a considerable improvement over the first.

Act one is gorgeous and is full of jaw dropping environments, there's still a number of them in act two but this number drops substancially. However, it's more of an entree to a dinner and dessert effect rather than two equally amazing dishes. It looks amazing, but in some ways lacks the sort of writing that Double Fine games usually pack. The plot's pretty predictable, there's minimal interaction with inventory items among characters, and there are only a few lines for each character interaction. Which is a shame given how (as usual) the characters are unique and organic. Act two's writing is much sharper and manages to make the plot a little less predictable (though sadly the big shocking changes hit hardest at the beginning and fizzle out afterwards) while giving a whole lot more lines to the rest of the cast. On top of that, act two's puzzles are actually puzzling given how embarassingly straightforward act one had been. But they're far from perfect. As I mentioned earlier, without pictures some of the later half's puzzles are just frustrating and time consuming rather than actual puzzles. I can't say why without spoiling, but it's really pesky when one mistake can cost three or four minutes of backtracking and fiddling around.

That said, Broken Age is a wonderful and long adventure game that's a joy from start to... well... the end's a little shaky, so let's say around the end. But despite all of these wonderful things, it's never going to live up to that hype it created and that's something that will follow it around for a number of years. Still, that shouldn't stop you from picking up this game at full price if you enjoy a good adventure or have ten hours or so to kill.
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Unterseedampfer
( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
I played this with my daughter, and we had a lot of fun with it. The last puzzle was tedious though, forcing you to go through a very lengthy sequence several times just so you can do everything in the right order, even though you already found the solutions for all the steps. I can only recommend to get a walkthrough for that last puzzle, and follow it step by step. It's a pity, because it leaves you frustrated despited having had such a great time until that point, and you'd really like to say good bye to the characters in a better mood.

This could have been a great game, but the ending puts it in the merely "pretty good" category.
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Chicken
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
I bought this game purely because it was made by the Double Fine. I played Grim Fandango quite young and replayed it several times growing up. When I saw this game I had expectations that it would be similar and therefore a good game.

I was not wrong!

The characters and their designs (illustrations as well as personalities) are brilliant. Each character hasa unique look and portrays a unique personaility. Every character you meet or see in this game I don't think can be forgotten. I love the designs of their clothes in Vella's world but enjoy the set design in Shay's. I also love that the voice actors include Elijah Wood and Jack Black. Being an illustrator myself I really enjoy looking at the artwork produced for this game.

The gameplay itself is quite similar to Grim Fandango and Monkey Island in that it's a puzzle point-and-click adventure. I'd say that is somewhat easier than GF and I could figure out what to do more so than in GF. (I stil had to use walkthroughs several times.) I found the GF was sometimes completely illogical what to do next whereas Broken Age makes sense and you have to be quite open minded with the solutions. The storyline is great, I felt it kind of fell a little at the end but I loved the small details in each of their stories that hinted at each other. I kept wanting to play this game and finish it and I really enjoyed it.

The only con I'd say about this game is that you don't know which character you "should" be playing as or when you need to swtich. Sometimes I'd go round and round in circles trying to figure out what to do or how to progress without realising I actually needed to change characters to continue. I suppose that's part of the puzzle element but I did waste a lot of time going round in circles!

Overall I loved this game and anyone who has played any Double Fine games before will surely like this just as much :)
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Mr Joyless
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
This game was quite fun for the first hour or two, great plot, great mythos going on. Then the "must consult the internet" puzzles started to happen. I managed to get through to the second chapter without having to look up any answers, but then RIGHT as the game started to get really interesting the difficulty curve spiked. Then I realized I had messed up a puzzle so bad that there was no going back.

I haven't picked up the game since, and I can't recommend a game that has a permanent fail state halfway through. Maybe watch a silent let's play and enjoy the story that way.
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ofcthatwaslag
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Tim Schafer really hasn't been involved with a decent game since The Curse of Monkey Island.

Tedious puzzles that require more guessing, trial and error than logic or lateral thinking.
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Kotor613
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Absolutely perfect game with an amazing story, challenging puzzles and beatiful graphics!
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( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
amazing game, lots of fun, got bogged down a few times but the age old adventure/point and click game method of rubbing everything in your inventory against everything else in the world sorted that out!
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The Idiosyncratic Ai
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
10/10! I LOVE this game, it quickly became one of my favourites. If you like point & click games then you should definitely get this.
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Aikill
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
I really loved the story! Always love puzzle games. At the end I had to backtrack alot to get some stuff to be able to continue.. only downside. But other than that AWESOME GAME! It's a real challenge to get the clues en find your stuff, but that's what I really love.
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Khrimul
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
Broken Age is a good point & click game with very appealing art style. the important things in a point & click games is the story and the puzzle in the game itself. the story is good, and i like the cliffhanger keep coming that's drive me to solve more puzzles and the game can tell me more story. and for the puzzle itself, it is almost perfect to me, just some of the puzzles is a little to hard i think.
i think Broken Age is still a worth point & click game to try 7/10
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Capt Daf
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
Really enjoyed Broken Age despite a couple of "out of the box" puzzles.
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TiqTaq
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
The game is beautiful, but also ugly...

The first thing you will notice about this game, whether you're playing it or looking at screenshots and footage, is the undeniable beauty this game exudes. This beauty is found in everything, from the distinct art style that is both shocking and comforting, to the humourously written script that kept me chuckling and shocked by it's delightful twists and turns. The gameplay is engaging and rewarding through the adbundant player interactions and the logical puzzles... of the first Act. The second Act though I'm not so sure.

I couldn't help but feel cheated by the second Act's puzzles. The first Act provides the player with just enough information to suggest the plan of attack for solving it, but not so much that you feel that your hand is being held through it. I didn't mind progressing, at I perceived to be a slow pace, during the first Act because I didn't feel I was being cheated by the puzzle's logic. I felt that if I was "stuck" for long enough the game gave a subtle enough nudge in the right direction for me to get their on my "own". On the other hand, the second Act felt punishing in some ways because the same level of information feedback was not provided to the player. Instead it felt like I was either left flopping around frustrated because I wanted to keep enjoying the bountiful world before me, to the point where I was simply employing a process of elimination for "solving" the puzzle, leaving me feeling cheap and unaccomplished.

In summary, this is a wonderful game. I will reccommend it to all as I feel it certainly has a lot to offer, a wide range of different players. The artists within you will love the colourful, but psychotic world before you. The logician within you will enjoy MOST of the puzzles and adventurous players will enjoy an unfamiliar experience that I'm confident, the majority of modern gamers haven't experienced before; the point-and-click adventure game. If you do heed my suggestions, beware of some puzzles that will leave you broken.
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GreeN
( 16.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
I hesitate to recommend this game. It is a big disappointment for me after the huge Kickstarter campaign and the big names behind it. The production quality is immense; top of the line (and famous) voice actors, professionally recorded soundtrack, beautiful artwork and a perfect user interface. But really, that's all it has going for it. The game feels so incredibly empty, it's depressing. The story is nonsensical, the characters are boring, the humour is lacking and some of the puzzles are rather badly designed. At the end of the day, it is a solid game, but it could have been so much more.
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Yenlui
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
The puzzle are either too easy or way to hard. Well not hard but just plain stupid or absurd (and not in a you will laught way, just plain dumb). I don't want to spoil but if you see a snake and you are playing a boy, just go check the solution online...
And as for the story. well... it was done in a hurry...
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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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8 of 9 people (89%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Beautiful imagery, witty dialogue, interesting plot. Definitely worth playing.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Broken Age is a good point & click game with very appealing art style. the important things in a point & click games is the story and the puzzle in the game itself. the story is good, and i like the cliffhanger keep coming that's drive me to solve more puzzles and the game can tell me more story. and for the puzzle itself, it is almost perfect to me, just some of the puzzles is a little to hard i think.
i think Broken Age is still a worth point & click game to try 7/10
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4 of 7 people (57%) 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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5 of 10 people (50%) 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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
The puzzle are either too easy or way to hard. Well not hard but just plain stupid or absurd (and not in a you will laught way, just plain dumb). I don't want to spoil but if you see a snake and you are playing a boy, just go check the solution online...
And as for the story. well... it was done in a hurry...
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
27 of 34 people (79%) 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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15 of 21 people (71%) 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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9 of 13 people (69%) 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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6 of 8 people (75%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
You know you've got a great writing in front of you when the game has a boy and a girl as the main heroes, yet there's no attempt at a love story whatsoever.

The colourful characters, delightful and original art style that might need a little bit of getting used to, excellent voicing (Jack Black!) all lead to a memorable experience.

This is the only quest I can recall where even when I've figured out some solution, it's worthwhile just to walk around interacting items with other characters just to hear their often brilliant responses instead — and the difficulty was just right.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Act 1 of broken age is a great game, the art style looks great, the puzzles make sense and the voice acting is superb... but sadly the second act really brings the game down the puzzles were just way too tedious and I ended up just using a guide just so I could finish the game. I just can't reccomend this game to anyone :/
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
It's tough but good.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Very entertaining!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 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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