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 (3,168 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 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

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
43 of 67 people (64%) 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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22 of 31 people (71%) 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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24 of 36 people (67%) 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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25 of 43 people (58%) 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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25 of 43 people (58%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Needs to be completed, I have lost some respect for Double Fine since they haven't really delivered what they promised the fanbase...
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26 of 46 people (57%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
This is an interesting little game. You start out with the option to choose between two characters, and you can either play one plotline through to its conclusion, or you can jump back and forth between the stories at will. I found that if I was stuck on a particular puzzle, I would hop over to the other character for awhile to clear my head.

The puzzles are incredibly easy, almost to the point of being too easy. If I was stumped it was either because I was over-analyzing the situation, or it was because I failed to pick up an item earlier in the game and needed to backtrack.

The hand-painted character designs, locations, and background art are completely unique and absolutely beautiful. I would recommend playing through for the visuals alone.

I also really dig the musical score.

Navigating around each location can be a bit of a slog, but my husband pointed out to me that double-clicking will expedite your characters' movements.

There is a fair bit of humor, more so in Shay's story than Vella's. Make sure to talk to everyone, examine everything, and to use each object with every other object/person in order to get all the flavour dialogue. The spoon and knife are particularly amusing.

The one thing that kind of spoiled this game for me is the story. I really like the mixture of sci-fi and fantasy elements, and the brain-twisting continuity implications of Act I's resolution, but I was so turned off by Vella's plot that it started to sour the rest of the game. I guess I'm just bitter they couldn't come up with an interesting maguffin for her that didn't involve violence towards women of the worst trope kind. (I honestly didn't care much for the portrayal of the other females in her plotline, either.) ::sigh:: Although, my husband played through the game, too, and he thought both stories were pretty well balanced, with an overarching theme of teenagers rejecting outdated authoritarian policies in favour of thinking for themselves, and a subplot of contrasting physical harm with emotional harm. I guess it's subjective, but it still left a bad taste in my mouth.

Overall, I would rate it a 7/10.
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27 of 48 people (56%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
You know.....lets take a break...a deep breath....."inhales" "exhales"....this game, well, THEY DON SCREWED IT UP...first off, why on earth hasnt the second part come out yet? dont tease us with something you cant even afford double fine, i mean seriously they keep hinting at it but it never appears. its like a ghost...some believe in them. others dont. some support broken age, while others dont. and im starting to question my purchase. i mean this game took me like 4 hours to complete, and for that price, the game could have been much better, its a point and click, thats so freaking easy omg. theres no challenge and for like 25 bucks. i could pay 25bucks for someone to hold my hand and walk me through a straight line maze....thats this game. as for the story yeah its okay, its interesting and the charachters are quirky. but they need to make the second part or this game is just gonna be another failure of a series. sorry but this is my opinion. double fines telling a double lie
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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I enjoyed this game so so much. It's honestly beautiful. But, for the love of god, wait for the second episode. The first half is to short to be priced at $25.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
As much as I hate doing this, I have to. This game is fun, beautiful, and everything is the best that it can be. I personally thought I got my moneys worth.

Until about 5 days later.

I finished the game one and a half times in 5 hours. I've also waited a year for part two. Either they really want to correct what they did wrong, and are making it longer and harder, they stopped working on it, or they aren't putting the effort it deserves into it. So I although I say it's not worth it, I still think it would be worth about $5. I just dont think $25 is enough for a short, easy, and half a game. I still like the game, though. I love the art and story(s) the most.
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12 of 23 people (52%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
DO NOT BUY. The art style, characters, voice acting, quality sound production, and story are very enticing... But what we have as a result of a $4,000,000+ budget is definitely not a "classic point-and-click adventure game". Most of the puzzles essentially solve themselves, the entire "adventure" is incredibly linear (read: no exploration), and the second half of the game is STILL missing almost a year later. What you'll get for this ridiculous price is at MOST a 5-hour cartoon. This does not measure up to Double Fine's or Tim Schafer's standard. I repeat, DO NOT BUY.
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7 of 15 people (47%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Half a game - and where's the other half?
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4 of 9 people (44%) 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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9 of 20 people (45%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
after 8 month's i've found this game in my list again and i see it's still not finish...WOW GOOD JOB !!!
half game and a full price...

i'm so glad that i've bought an unfinished game, it's totaly recommend to buy it !!! NOT
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
It is a beutiful game, and I like the style and story. But it is way to short and the puzzelz are too simple.
In my opinion it fails as a game, but it is a rather nice interactive story.
So i will only recomend buying this on a sale, I hope act 2 will change my recomendation.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Since "Broken Age" will come along in two Acts,
splitting my Opinion for the time being until
both parts.

First and foremost, there is a *huge* amount
character design, voice acting and camera

Unlike in classical LucasArts adventure games
occasional "Pick up Item" was not enough to
thinking & experimenting – traversing the areas
solves half the puzzles. This results in a
but lacks the humor quality typical of Tim.

Playing as either of two characters and
a bit, but as short as this is there isn't
imo.

… as seen on #favslist
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Broken Age... hmm. Lots of negative reviews. Some negative reviews go into a lot of detail and have good points. I'm going to focus on what was well done and what may need work.

I'd suggest buying Broken Age on sale, and expect 2-4 hours game play. What's that worth to you?

Well done:

Story, music, artwork

Needs work:

Rest of game--this is only half or Act 1, puzzles, slow panning of camera when revisiting areas
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3 of 10 people (30%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Broken Age is one of the best adventure games of the past 5 years, please play it
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I love this game. It's a bit expensive and short (at the moment) but it is extremely interesting and fun. The ending of act 1 just... makes you think. 10/10
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4 of 13 people (31%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Where the ♥♥♥♥ is Part 2? "A few months after Act 1..." was what Tim said.
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