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.
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Positive (59 reviews) - 84% of the 59 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (5,296 reviews) - 83% of the 5,296 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 28, 2014

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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

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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Very Positive (59 reviews)
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xisiqomelir
10.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
A very enjoyable point-n-click adventure in the vein of the Quest games or Monkey's Island. I definitely had my money's worth of fun with this title, but don't be worried about maybe needing a hint, some of the solutions are extremely unintuitive.

The Voice Acting is also very well-done, and I thoroughly enjoyed the 2D artstyle.
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gamurray214
49.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
I hate the genre (puzzler, point-and-click mostly) BUT this particular game redefines my expectations of the genre. Excellent game and I recommend it for fantasy/sci-fi fans, people that like a good story, and I suppose fans of the genre (but it may be a bit simplistic as I was able to solve it and I spend very little time in with these kinds of games).
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Skel1
17.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
Good point and click adventure. Fun graphics, interesting puzzles to solve, and a story line that feels very timey-wimey. Unfortunately I bought it before part 2 came out, and for whatever reason it didn't "save" so now I will never see part two because no way am I replaying the whole thing again. It's not THAT good. Doube Fine games are very "hit or miss". This one is somewhat of a hit.
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skittle__
12.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
Great game! Huge fan of point-and-click games and this was a super solid one. The characters are awesome. Only a couple puzzles were hard, I mean like haaard. If you've ever played Monkey Island or the old King's Quest games the puzzle solving will be pretty straight forward. But it wasn't too easy either. Good balance. My only disappointment was that I wanted it to last longer, I got 12 hours of gameplay for a $25.00 game. Not awful, but a college student notices these things ^-^
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redwndr
17.1 hrs
Posted: August 27
Love this game! Excellent artwork, fantastic story, complex puzzels that make you think outside the box, and a few twists that are sure to keep you hooked.
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KlAndyCandy
7.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
If you're looking for a fun and beautiful point-and-click game that has a lot of heart and serves challenges that really make you think, I highly recommend Broken Age! It's such a fun experience, and I found myself easily wrapped up in the characters and the story. Amazing visuals, voicework, and all in all a game that I personally find has a lot of replayablility! I give it a 10/10!!

I'd also like to add that if you plan on buying the game, I highly recommend buying the soundtrack along with it. It's so gorgeous, and I've found it not only soothing but really inspiring while I'm trying to get stuff done!
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hydro77
8.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
Great story, art, characters, and voice acting, but the puzzles are a little lacking. Still worth playing though.
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FishPond007
11.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
I spent a really good time playing this game.
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Isa
19.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
I loved everything about this game. Art, music, characters, puzzles, it's all great.
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blahpers
15.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
Terrific point-and-click adventure game. Put your puzzle hat on before playing; some of them aren't terribly obvious, but if you persevere you ought to be able to get through without a FAQ.

It's also nice to see a strong female (non-white!) character without the corresponding male character being either a complete wuss to contrast or an overcompensating musclehead.

Anyway, great art, great writing, great puzzles. What else would you want?
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
This game is really great! Fair puzzels, great art, interesting story. Everything that you need for really good PNC game!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
A very good p&c adventure with fantastic voice acting - one of the best I've ever seen in a game.
I have neither felt nostalgia described by other reviewers, nor have I seen act 2 as being definitely worse than act 1.
The riddles near the end of the game seem to be overthought, but this is the only flaw of the game I can think of.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I really wanted to like this game. I went into it having read mainly positive reviews and having grown up with point-and-click games. Unfortunately the game is let down tremendously by Act 2 and the poorly-explored story. The ending puzzles are also stupidly frustrating and artifically difficult - after many hours of getting nowhere I didn't bother to finish the game and just watched the ending on YouTube. I was glad I did because I would be annoyed if all my hard work resulted in it!

This is quite a gentle, slow-paced game for the most part. While there are some timing puzzles that require you to be quick, overall everything takes a leisurely pace. This didn't bother me but some may find it too slow.

Act 1 of the game is the only part of the game worth playing. You play as either Shay or Vella up to a certain point, and then switch to the character you didn't choose at the start to play through their story until the two stories align with each other. While Vella's story is more interesting, there are moments in Shay's that genuinely made me laugh. The NPCs are interesting and have some well-written dialogue and the environments are rich and colourful.

Act 2 is very confined to the areas you can explore and doesn't tread much new ground. I was disappointed by this as I'd hoped that it would add more new areas or expand old ones - you barely get a glimpse of the final area which ws built up to be this large and menacing place. The puzzles spike in difficulty, with some being made artifically difficult and frustrating. The second part of the story is also rushed through at a tremendous pace and almost entirely through dialogue with the antagonist. It was interesting that the tone of the game became a lot darker, but it was never fully realised. The execution is clunky.

Overall this game was a big disappointment. If you want to play I would advise keeping a walkthrough handy and having a phone nearby to take photos of some puzzle elements that need to be memorised, but even then you're going to be frustrated.

Pros:

- Gorgeous art style and smooth animation
- Writing that's actually quite funny in places
- Act 1

Cons:

- The story attempts to be grand but falls flat
- Very few areas to explore overall
- Some puzzles require big leaps of logic or remembering a lot of information
- Unsatisfying ending
- Act 2
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Great first half, meh second half, terrible ending.

Fist half is an awesome point&click with great voice acting, an intriguing world and puzzles that a normal human being can solve.
The whole second half feels rushed and has weird logic in the puzzles. Where it was interesting to see the story unfold out of their different positions in the first half, the second half has you switch between characters randomly to somehow somewhere find information that you need to advance with the other character.
Also no payoff at all in the ending.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
I was a backer on Kickstarter for this game and I'm also a huge fan of Tim Schafer and his Double Fine Productions. That's why I backed this in the first place, but also because I'm a fan of the adventure game genre, of course. Nevertheless Broken Age is the first game which I've played on Steam which I can't right out of my heart recommend, but why is that?

The game is split into two acts and while the first act is just brilliant not only because of it's warmth, colorful visuals, lovely soundtrack or its charming characters, but also because of its well designed and thus entertaining puzzles. So everything's fine up until the end of act 1. It's ending will eventually already make your eyebrowes raising, but since everything is still open you may advance to act 2 to see how it's going on only to discover that starting from there everything is getting really worse just in every aspect.

First and foremost act 2 is filled with convoluted, weird, very hard puzzles which often require much more trial-and-error then logic. This gets very frustrating especially at the end of act 2. Other than that you have to do a lot of boring backtracking, but what really disappointed me the most was the fact that none of the characters, their relationships, motives or anything at all story-wise gets a satisfying, logical explanation (or no explanation at all). All of it makes just no sense at all whether it be the connection between Shay & Vella, the whole Mog Chothra festival and the villains motives behind it nor the reveal of a secret villain in an blink of an eye which just felt totally random. All of it just feels weird and totally out-of-place. I could go on and on with other things that really made me sad just because it all started so well with act 1.

So no recommendation from me unfortunately.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Act 2 puzzles suck.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I like this game, a lot. If you like point-and-click adventures, get it. Like seriously, get it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Great Point & Click game. Try it if you can.
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3,023 of 3,482 people (87%) found this review helpful
10 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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777 of 940 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2014
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.
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