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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Very Positive (5,242 reviews) - 83% of the 5,242 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.
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Sixty Space
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Halfway through, I just wanted it to end. The puzzles get so ridicolous, there's really no correlation between the items you have to get and the tasks you have to complete in order to progress.
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IridiumHeart
( 17.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
The voice acting, soundtrack, initial storyline, overall themes, and artwork were appealing and intrguing. I enjoyed playing as two vastly different, yet strong character leads. The parallel, and at times, converging storylines were well written and kept me looking forward to the puzzles and character interactions with NPCs. Most of the voices that you hear will be familiar and it was fun going through the IMDB cast of voice actors, when I knew I'd heard that voice before. Although most of the puzzles were logical or just took a little thought and tinkering, I did find myself perusing a walkthrough on occasion. About halfway through the game you'll find the there are points were the storyline drags because you're going back and forth between the same scenes. These two drawbacks are common enough with point-and-click adventure games that it didn't deter me from pushing through those sections. I enjoyed most of my time with this game but would recommend getting it wihle it's on sale.
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Mr. HitForest
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Definitely worth playing if you enjoy point and click puzzles games! Works great with steam controller as well whichs makes it a perferct game for the couch.
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Vulcan
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
As a fan of the old school Kings Quest games this title intrigued me. Initially I held off but when it went on sale and had so many positive reviews I decided to pick it up. Overall it's not a very hard game. Only had to refer to a guide once @#$#@! Hexipals! (Play it. You'll understand)

Pros:
• Superb voice acting. With some voices that I didn't expect (Jack Black for example)
• Neat story. Well written.
• The duality of the entire game. The way you switch between the perspectives of the two main protagonists is very smooth and very well done.
• Artwork: The feeling of the old-school hand painted Kings Quest style artwork was very nice.
• Soundtrack. It was pleasant and not overwhelming. This was one of the select few games that I didn’t turn the music down on.

Cons:
• The story can drag on a bit.
• Lots of going back and forth across the same scenes. But this is typical of the genre sometimes.

Overall this was well worth a play and while it won’t consume you or leave you crying for more like some of the Kings Quest titles did, it does fill a fun little niche and is worth the $5 off the steam sales.

7/10 would re-wire a hexipal again…and again…and again…and again….
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SickB
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Don´t believe the positive reviews. The maybe only recommended it for Act 1.

This game went downhill at Act 2.

I had fun with it all through Act 1 but it become a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t game right at the start of Act 2.

I can´t reccomend this game anymore because it ♥♥♥♥♥♥ me off that much that i uninstalled it after a few minutes into Act 2.

Never every think of buying this crap game ever
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meredithsays
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
I loved this game. I love the idea of adventure games but often find them too difficult or not story-heavy enough to really enjoy and I thought this was a sweet spot. People seem to either think it was ALL TOO EASY or the ending puzzles were MUCH TOO HARD. It really probably depends on your previous experience. I will say that the difficulty level ramps up EXPONENTIALLY by the second part of the game, but I genuinely cared for the characters, the animation was beautiful, and I was charmed by the whimsy of the setting.

I've already recommended it to people in real life.
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archdeco
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
A nice first try from this dev, they have a bright future ahead of them if they can just get rid of the story guy.
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Zelmor
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
It is an empty husk of a once good genre. Generic characters with generic audio in a story with pretty big plot holes. Puzzles are more of a nuisance than something that is fun and challenging. Lots of backtracking throughout the whole of the game, which gets tiring. Motivation for the characters is not well built, and mostly you are supposed to take the world and their people with their madness as they are: unexplained. Just like the main antagonist's motivation, you are supposed to take it "just the way things are here". Why are the parents separating themselves in solitude from the kid instead of being together? How did the parents not know about the evil plan? Could go on for a while.

Girlfriend actually finished the second part and was mad at how such an unfinished, unpolished game could be made. I didn't bother. Overall, not even the first half of this game was not worth the time I've spent on it.

This is no Lucasarts or Grim Fandango here, folks.
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Crud Bonemeal
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Keep in mind that I loved the first act of this game and the second part was pretty good too, but I can never ever recommend this game because of the conclusion. The way it ends is genuinely jarring and unsatisfying. It feels like I'm playing a game that's 2/3rds of the way completed, and considering how great the rest of the game is, the ending is genuinely insulting. It's not even visually impressive, it doesn't look like an ending in the same way the beginning looked like the beginning. It's not climactic, it's not engaging, and it's not good.
Don't play Broken Age. You'll love it, but then it'll spit in your face for it.
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outfoxed
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Charming as ♥♥♥♥. Glad to see Kickstarter campaigns like these succeed. Kudos to Tim and the people at Double Fine.
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1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
I like puzzle games. Monkey's island is one of my favorite games, I still will boot up old adventure games all the time.

You know what I won't boot up again? Broken Age. In Monkey's island there's a lot of fun and silly stuff the player does, In most games it's an enjoyable story, and Broken Age has a moment or two of that.

But it's a one or two note game, that tries to make a whole symphony.

The beginning of the game you get the choice between two characters, that seem unrelated. There's the girl who... seems to be immediately thrown into peril without ANY backstory, so much so that I thought I skipped a cutscene. Nope, just "hey you're going to be imperiled to start the story!" She has a mediocre world to explore.

Then there's the boy, and honestly I like the world the boy is in far more. Only thing is, that world goes on entirely too long, and the good parts of the world wanes fast. If the game stopped after the first act, it'd be a good recommendable game

But then in the second act, the game changes, and... it's not for the better in my opinion. It's got an interesting story arc there, but does nothing with it, and it seems that you have to go.... listen I try not to do this, but I need to talk about spoilers. It's a rather major spoiler, but if you want to know about the second act, it's below.

The Second has the boy and girl change locations, they go through the same areas and explore almost the same environments with some time has passed. The girl's areas are quite uninteresting, and the boy's areas have already lost their charm. There's a few good points in the second act, but after the first act, you're essentially going over the same areas, and less interested.

Then again the quality of a puzzle game is based on the quality of the puzzles, and the good news is most of the puzzles are simple and easy to solve. But that's also the bad news. They're too simple. Put round battery in the round battery sized hole. "Talking" usually makes things almost blatantly obvious and you have to talk to everyone at least once to get all your objects anyways.

Then there are the puzzles you don't get. If you miss a slightly puzzle, the game won't hint or help you along. You're stuck. Hopefully you know what to do (because the game won't help you if you get lost, or return to it after a couple months) but even if you know where you want to go, you better hope you know to do X and Y, because if not, you're going to stand around and have to just stare and hope it comes to you. Or go use a guide.

And yeah that will happen, 90 percent of the puzzles are "go elsewhere, get something and return to me" Where 10 percent are "you have an item that will work but we won't even hint at it." I know I'm annoyed at the easiness of the puzzles, but the esoteric puzzles don't even give you a hint if you're stuck. You just either get it or you don't.

Finally the story should be mentioned. While it's a story, it feels like it's a story written for the modern generation. Gone is the long exposition or talking. There's beautiful moments in games like Monkey Island, where Guybrush and Elaine will talk for almost 2 minutes without player interaction. In Broken Age there appears to be a rush. The game almost never spends more than 2-3 lines without expecting the player to hit a button to say something. You constantly have to choose something to say, so there's no elongated exposition.

Everything is rushed along, and quite a few parts of the game could use a little more talking such as the beginning of the game. The story never fully develops and now in hindsight I barely remember anything that was truly unique or I'd want to see again. I compare this to Monkey's Island again, where Elaine and Guybrush meeting, the three pirates, Stan the boat seller, and even the insult fighting are all amazing moments I could enjoy again and again. To me that was a better story, this well, this isn't what I was expecting when I funded the kickstarter.

It's a shame because while act one is acceptable, I can't in good conscious recommend this game to anyone. I'd recommend Monkey's Island, Grim Fandago, maybe the King's quest games, or the most games from Telltale game instead of this game. But Broken Age, it was an interesting Kickstarter, but not a very good game, sadly.

(Note I backed the game on kickstarter, I played the game on Ps4, as part of Playstation Plus. I did pay for this copy)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Gorgeous graphics and lovely soundtrack. But boring game with little direction.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Disappointing game. The characters are very flat and uninteresting, the story is poorly written, the voice acting is emotionless. I mean, I didn't manage to care for my protagonists even by the end. Some of the NPCs were more interesting, and had more character to them, which is pretty bad.

The overall plot is very weak, and it's never fully explained even in the obligatory Evil Boss Monologue. And it's not the suspenseful kind of unexplained, but the "wait, that does not make sense" kind, like the writers were too lazy to make up the proper background. Just like Shay's robot parents, who turn out to be his real, flesh and blood parents, and yet no longer interact with him directly. We even see a family picture showing this has been otherwise, yet Shay seems to be genuinely surprised to see that they are human. Why did they stop seeing him in person? Why doesn't he remember? There are no answers, and there is no narrative point to make. It's just random, like much of the plot.

Other than that, many of the puzzles are more tedious than exciting, and the level design forces you to travel back and forth over an area, without any map or quick-travel feature. Again, tedious.

Also, a whole unavoidable conversation back and forth elaborating on stool jokes. Not funny. At all. I actually cringed. And it was as much out of character for Vella as she has character.

The only plus point is could say is that the robot puzzles in the last part of the game by utilizing different patterns was actually clever and inventive.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
A nice puzzle game with pleasant characters, lovely art and, in my opinion, an unforgettable story. Some of the puzzles are actually quite challenging which makes it quite rewarding too. I was uncertain about the price at first, so I got this with a Humble Bundle for much cheaper but after playing it I can definitely say that it is worth its full price. I'm so genuinely sad that I finished this game. It's one of those games I wanted to last forever.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Keep in mind that I loved the first act of this game and the second part was pretty good too, but I can never ever recommend this game because of the conclusion. The way it ends is genuinely jarring and unsatisfying. It feels like I'm playing a game that's 2/3rds of the way completed, and considering how great the rest of the game is, the ending is genuinely insulting. It's not even visually impressive, it doesn't look like an ending in the same way the beginning looked like the beginning. It's not climactic, it's not engaging, and it's not good.
Don't play Broken Age. You'll love it, but then it'll spit in your face for it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
It is an empty husk of a once good genre. Generic characters with generic audio in a story with pretty big plot holes. Puzzles are more of a nuisance than something that is fun and challenging. Lots of backtracking throughout the whole of the game, which gets tiring. Motivation for the characters is not well built, and mostly you are supposed to take the world and their people with their madness as they are: unexplained. Just like the main antagonist's motivation, you are supposed to take it "just the way things are here". Why are the parents separating themselves in solitude from the kid instead of being together? How did the parents not know about the evil plan? Could go on for a while.

Girlfriend actually finished the second part and was mad at how such an unfinished, unpolished game could be made. I didn't bother. Overall, not even the first half of this game was not worth the time I've spent on it.

This is no Lucasarts or Grim Fandango here, folks.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Charming as ♥♥♥♥. Glad to see Kickstarter campaigns like these succeed. Kudos to Tim and the people at Double Fine.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
A thoroughly enthralling experience from start to finish
Broken Age tells the story of a girl and a boy, living very different lives, whose paths eventually converge in a rather unexpected way. Throughout the game, you have the option of switching between Vella (the girl) and Shay (the boy) at any time. The game plays out like any other point-n-click adventure game, with full voicing throughout. Puzzles comprise the typical adventure game obstacles, as well as a few teasers that require a bit of logic, thinking, or working out.

The Good
- Superbly high quality production (well, it did cost $9+ million to make)
- Absolutely gorgeous artwork and graphics
- Excellent music
- Top-notch voicing (Elijah Wood plays the male lead, & Jack Black one of the characters you meet along the way)
- Engaging gameplay & story
- Humorous in bits throughout the game
- Great writing
- Switching between the 2 characters adds an added level of interest
- Lots of beautiful environments to explore
- Game world is detailed & immaculately conceived

The Bad
- No way to skip just one line of dialogue; skipping will cause the entire dialogue to end
- Story is rather short
- One of the puzzles is very tedious and involves trial & error until you get the correct configuration

Conclusion
This is a must-play if you consider yourself a fan of point-n-click adventure games. Broken Age's brilliantly crafted world is magical and highly immersive, and the story well plotted out with clear direction and goals. I grabbed this during sale at S$5, which I consider a more than worthy price to pay for such an epic and enjoyable experience.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Quick Verdict:

Fun to play point and click adventure game and a tribute to the golden age of adventure genre.

Get it on 66%~75% sale.


Quick Pros:

+ 2 Concurrent story lines.
+ Good starting story with more than few nice twists.
+ Really good art style / direction.
+ Some very good voice acting.
+ On the better end of point and click puzzles spectrum.

Quick Cons:

- Mediocre third part of the game.
- Bad voice acting for one the main characters.
- Some stupid (too easy or doesn't make logical sense) Puzzles.
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3,021 of 3,479 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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