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 (3,174 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 28, 2014

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"There hasn't been a point and click quite like this in decade. Brimming with creativity, charm and style, it's a joy to play all the way through."
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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 early next 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

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
    • 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
64 of 98 people (65%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Nice game, or to say it better "nice half game". I still wonder how all the money went. As another user said "They asked for $400,000 to make a complete game. They got $3,336,371 instead and only managed to make HALF a game with it. " and he forgot the money the got from the steam sales.
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32 of 46 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Not worth the current price at all. Took me 2 hours to beat, the puzzles are non-existant and I only got half a game. When the other half comes out then maybe get it, but not right now.
Save your money and get something better.
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36 of 57 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
There's a lesson here - don't buy an episodic game, as you can't rely on the developers finishing it even though you invested time in playing the first part! Terrible way to treat your customers!
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35 of 57 people (61%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I was one of the game's backers. I was hoping for an adventure game on par with the Schafer's Lucasarts classics...
But was disappointed.

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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I really would like to recommend this beautiful marvel, but there are so many problems attached to it.
Imagine the Mona Lisa but with only one half of the smile and everything else missing. There is just a sticky note saying "coming soon". You can clearly see, this note has dust on it.

Get this image? That's Broken Age for you. And "Broken" could not be more fitting.

[this review may change if episode 2 comes out, but I do not expect this to happen in 2015]

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Awesome game, hope Act 2 doesn't take too log, but I am not as displeased as these others. It's rather nice and intuitive compared to some older adventure games, but still captures the immersion as well as the enjoyable puzzling, maybe even better.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
After completing Act 1.

This game is good. Nothing groundbreaking, nothing incredibly innovative (except for the fact that it started out a kickstarter gaming boom, but that's another story).
This game is a very solid experience for adventure-type-game lovers all over. You follow two separate storylines of a yound girl and a boy set in completely different environments trying to find solutions for the problems that arise. The gameplay part of it seems incredibly basic, you won't be wondering around much trying to figure out what to do. Most of the time spent in the game is listening to well written dialogue and experiencing neatly animated cut-scenes.
Characters, story and dialogue is a strong part of the game. You will most definitely enjoy witty humour of wordplay and voice-acting. The animation style is quite unique and was very much to my liking, easy on eyes, weird enough, pretty enough.

Though I think the game is a bit on a short side (even considering it is supposed to come out in 2 parts). 4-5 hours for 1half - that's ~10 for the whole game. Also I don't like it being episodic and having to wait to leard what happens next. The game is completely playable as it is though and does have an ending.

Overall I am very glad that I've kickstarted this and I am waiting for act2 soon! =)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Love the game. Love the storyline. Love the soundtracks. Love it all. Please come out, Act II.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Charming, sweet and stylistically stunning, this point-and-click adventure game from Double Fine is highly recommended to newcomers to the genre, although seasoned vets will still find quite a lot to appreciate.


It should be stated that there is very little that Double Fine has offered that I was not a fan of immediately. Broken Age marks the developer’s first journey into a new genre, and although the game mainly plays it “safe,” it’s definitely worth playing.

Broken Age allows the player to choose to experience two parallel storylines at your own leisure, though nothing is lost by completing each of the (short) tales one after the other. It isn’t completely obvious through the game as to how the two main characters are linked to each other, though the groundwork is set for greater adventures in future installments. This episode mainly serves as the token introductory tale - Vella lives in a rustic village by the sea, and is to be sacrificed to the local monster as part of an ancient ritual. Shay, meanwhile, is a teenager living alone on a spaceship with an advanced AI taking care of him, although it’s obvious that the computer may have some outdated principles in relation to how to treat a grown boy.

Something I greatly appreciated about this game was the art direction - the UI is minimalistic, allowing you a full view of the storybook paintings that serve as the world of Broken Age. Honestly, I haven’t seen anything that (stylistically) has looked this good in a long time, but it’s a taste that won’t be favored by all, for sure. The dialogue is lighthearted and well-delivered, including voice acting by Jack Black and Elijah Wood, and the soundtrack is appropriately orchestrated like a cartoon movie. In all, I believe this game will never look outdated because of the design choices made.

The gameplay isn’t very difficult - I’m used to old-school point-and-clicks that required some strange leaps of logic in order to solve multi-step puzzles, but Broken Age is significantly straightforward. If a person says they need an object to cut a string, you will find them a knife, simple as that. Because of this, I did feel that I spent less time exploring the world, looking for clues in comparison to clicking through dialogue trees. Although the writing isn’t bad, I found that I basically would meet a new NPC, and then work from top to bottom through the conversation options before getting a new item. Hopefully, future episodes will instead offer more gameplay via item hunting and puzzle solving.

Still, I had a good experience with the game, and a single playthrough will probably take around six hours (with no additional goals or secrets to be unearthed afterwards). I’m looking forward to the next installment, whenever that may be.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
No way someone could come up with a story like this! The gameplay is so unique and stands out against the so many other games i've play. Don't even hesitate, buy it now!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
This game is easy, but it is beautiful and the game world is curious and makes you want to know more about the lives of the characters. If you want a game with hardcore action, or a hard puzzle game, this is not the game for you. If you want to play out a story and look a fantastic artwork, then this is the game for you. The voice acting is top notch too.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Interesting and humorous point-and-click. Good production values, and great voice acting. Very short though since the second half isn't complete yet. I highly recommend it but not at the current price with it being half finished. Either wait fo rhte second half to be completed or catch it during the winter or summer sale like I did.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Great story, fun game. Worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
What a great game.

It's the first point-and-click I've played in years, and I'm glad to see that this genre is getting a much deserved reboot.

The puzzles are very easy, and the only real thing that stopped me is not having a certian item I had to have, and having to find it by backtracking. If I got stuck on one part, I would just switch to the other story to clear up and get a new perspective on it. You can play the game by either doing one full story then the other, or switching between the two. I personally found the latter to be the best way.

The soundtrack to this game is very nice. Not amazing by any stretch, but very well done none the less. It really added to the atmosphere, and set the mood for that 'scene'. It gives a good feeling for the place they're put in.
The graphics are beautiful. The paints (water colours?) in this game mixed with the limited animation (Deadtime Stories, anyone?) are a perfect match for this kind of game.

Overall, I rate this game 7.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Great artwork and fun point-and-click adventure where you can play two different one's side-by-side. highly recommend if you are into this kind of game or looking to try a point-and-click
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
A funny, charming, and beautiful game. There were several obvious twist endings I expected, but what actually happened took my breath away. Must-play for LucasArts/Sierra fans.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
This is a good adventure game with great production values. The puzzles are easy but the story (especially the ending of this half) is really good. The price includes part 2, which unfortunately, is still missing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
This is a great game, engrossing storyline that pulls you in and makes you want to keep going. Only downside is waiting for act 2 to be released but I think it is definitly worth the wait! Money well spent in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Really liked this game, played it with my girlfriend she liked it too. It's fun and interesting and the looks of the game is beautiful.

I recommend this game who want too play a relaxed and beautiful puzzle game and share this with somone and solve the clues together.

But it's pretty expensive for 4 hours of gameplay, and, part 1.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Beautiful game. Funny. Play this game not just for the puzzles but for the wonderful jokes. I adore the style of a kiddish appearing but not in reality world. Tim Schaffer writes myth like stories and though the game appears playful and silly there are deeper concepts going on. Hurry up Act 2
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