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.
User reviews: Very Positive (3,070 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 28, 2014

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April 16

Controller and Touch Support!

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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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

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

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
    • 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.
    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.
    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
81 of 107 people (76%) found this review helpful
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 9
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
The game was fun and one of my favorite point and clicks I had played in a while; however, the first act is incredible short, only taking me around 3 hours. Act II has yet to be released and, at this point, I cannot, in good faith, recommend buying this short act. If you wish to play the first act now, have more than enough money now, and believe you can wait for the second act then buy it.
Posted: June 24
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29 of 37 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
I enjoyed Act I very much. However, it was too short to warrant paying $25. I completed this in four hours. Maybe once Act II comes out it will be worth it, but as of right now, I can't recommend it.
Posted: July 3
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42 of 60 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
This would be better as a short film, in my opinion. In the time I played, I found the story to be incredibly linear with little choices to be made and I felt like I was simply "clicking along" while solving rudimentary puzzles.

That being said, the art and sound were both fantastic. Props for creativity.
Posted: April 30
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Well this game was a disappointment for me. I love 'Schafer' games, but this didn't entertain me as much as the others. The humor was so so, it gave a few chuckles, but I'm used of more.

The story wasn't engaging me, there were a lot of times I felt boredom due to puzzles being simplistic, the limited world the game has to offer didn't do it just justice either. Sure everything is cuddly and cute, but that didn't save it for me.

A lot of people were very positive towards this game and I feel let down. Wondering if that was more about it being Double Fine rather than a reflection of the actual game.

It's not a bad game however, I would rate it as mediocre and I don't think Act II will save this for me.

So, nope... in the end I wouldn't recommend it and definitely not at its full price for what little game you get.
Posted: July 3
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732 of 867 people (84%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: January 14
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