Broken Age

LINUX, MAC, PC / Adventure / Release: Jan 28, 2014 / ESRB: U

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Broken Age sales secure funding for Act 2 development

Broken Age sales secure funding for Act 2 development

Double Fine took a calculated risk by releasing Broken Age in two parts, hoping that the sales from the game's first half would offer enough financing to complete the rest of the adventure. The risk has paid off, as founder Tim Schafer has confirmed that Broken Age's first act has made more than enough money to allow the studio to finish development on the second half of Vella and Shay's story.

Read more: iPad version still in the works »

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Broken Age impressions: the dual narrative of Act 1

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Broken Age impressions: the dual narrative of Act 1

Broken Age will be released in two parts. We plan on doing a formal review once it is complete. Until then, here are our impressions of the first episode.


If I took a lesson out of the first act of Double Fine's Broken Age, it's that we control our own fate. It's a theme that the game proudly sees through from the beginning of both of its concurrently-running stories, all the way to its cliffhanger ending. It's a wonderful story of dual destinies, all cleverly tied together in gripping, emotional, and humorous fashion.

Vella lives in a peaceful village, where all appears to be well on the surface--all except for a looming monster called Mog Chothra that feeds on human sacrifices held during its Maiden's Feast. Vella is the chosen sacrifice, but her story is about a refusal to blindly accept her fate. In sabotaging her sacrifice, Vella sets out to change the world and come of age on her own terms. Meanwhile, Shay's story is slightly different. He lives aboard a spaceship of manufactured safety, where daily "missions" unfold like something out of preschool television. Like Vella, his story is about finding the meaning of growing up and finding himself against a computer that seeks to imprison him in perpetual childhood.

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Broken Age has hidden 'Retro Mode'

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Broken Age has hidden 'Retro Mode'

Broken Age is a decidedly retro take on adventure games, but those of us who remember the salad days of the genre may still lament how crisp and new it looks. Why, in our day, a character's face was 25% blocky pixels and 75% imagination! Double Fine understands you, grizzled weirdo, and has included a hidden way of approximating that in the game.

Watch: From new to old in a flash »

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Broken Age Season Pass announced, begins January 28

Broken Age Season Pass announced, begins January 28

Update: Added release date information and the newly-released trailer.

Double Fine has called take-backsies on its previous decision to release Broken Age as Early Access. Rather than launch in an unfinished state to raise funds for polish and the second half, it will be a standard Steam release as a "Season Pass" to purchase both parts at once. Backers will get to play Act 1 today, and the unwashed masses will be able to play on January 28.

Read more: Logistical reasons and Act 1 quality cited »

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Broken Age arrives on January 14 for Kickstarter backers

Broken Age arrives on January 14 for Kickstarter backers

Donors that have backed the Broken Age Kickstarter are about to get rewarded for their generosity. Double Fine announced that backers would receive their copies of Broken Age on January 14.

Read more: Public release to be announced soon »

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Broken Age debuts Shay, still on track for January

Broken Age debuts Shay, still on track for January

Double Fine's Broken Age has shown an awful lot of Vella's adventure in recent months. Creator Tim Schafer came to the VGX this year to show off the story's other main character, Shay, voiced by Elijah Wood. He also revealed a release window for his Kickstarter-backed game: January 2014.

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Broken Age preview: head in the clouds

Broken Age preview: head in the clouds

After a hugely successful Kickstarter effort and a lengthy development cycle that's occasionally hit some bumps in the road, Double Fine is ready to begin telling the tale of Broken Age. Shacknews briefly went hands-on with the storybook-like adventure game, enough time to witness the beginning of an intriguing story of two worlds.

Read more: Dialogue and inventory demonstrated »

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Double Fine's 'Day of the Devs' event coming to San Francisco in November

Double Fine's 'Day of the Devs' event coming to San Francisco in November

Want a chance to play a whole boatload of indie games--including Double Fine's Broken Age? If you're in the San Francisco area, you'll want to join Double Fine's newly-announced indie game celebration: Day of the Devs.

On November 2nd, Double Fine will be joined by iam8bit, Supergiant Games, Gaijin Games, Capy Games, SpyParty, Honeyslug, Tribute Games, and more to show off their wares. Phil Fish will be reemerging as well--but not as a dev, as the event's DJ.

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Jack Black reunites with Tim Schafer in Broken Age

Jack Black reunites with Tim Schafer in Broken Age

Jack Black and Tim Schafer are reuniting for Broken Age. The two previously worked together on Brutal Legend, one of Double Fine's most divisive works. Black played the main character, although his role has been considerably shrunken down for Schafer's latest adventure. He'll play Harm'ny Lightbeard, a part that Black calls "not very big" in a new video released by Double Fine.

Read more: Pretty much every other Double Fine alum returns »

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Broken Age running out of money, releasing in two halves on Steam Early Access

Broken Age running out of money, releasing in two halves on Steam Early Access

Raising $3.4 million may have been far beyond Broken Age's crowdfunding goal of $400,000, but Tim Schafer has said that "didn't stop me from getting excited and designing a game so big that it would need even more money."

Running over-budget on the adventure game, Double Fine plans to polish up the first half and sell it on Steam Early Access while finishing the rest.

Read more: Didn't want to turn to publishers or more crowfunding »

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Double Fine's Schafer sees 'big future' in crowdfunding

Double Fine's Schafer sees 'big future' in crowdfunding

Double Fine's announcement yesterday of a new crowdfunding campaign for the turn-based strategy game Massive Chalice came as something of a surprise. Though it was one of the first to have a successful Kickstarter push, most other developers haven't returned to the well. But Double Fine head Tim Schafer talks about crowdfunding as a viable option going forward in general, for this and future projects.

Read more: 'I see a really big future for it' »

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One year later: how Double Fine shaped its Kickstarter game

One year later: how Double Fine shaped its Kickstarter game

Broken Age, the name given to Double Fine's break-out Kickstarter success, was finally unveiled last weekend. The old-school point-and-click adventure game has a name and a setting now, but it's been a long road for Double Fine as it started this project from scratch. In fact, as of the time the project was backed, the developer didn't even have an outline.

Read more: 'We feel like we've been talking about the game a lot' »

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Broken Age debut trailer is lovely

Broken Age debut trailer is lovely

Gosh, the artwork Double Fine used when revealing its crowdfounded adventure game as Broken Age was so nice, if only the game could actually look like that. Oh! My my, it actually does. The first trailer debuted during the Game Developers Choice Awards last night and yes, it's looking quite delightful.

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Broken Age is Double Fine's crowdfunded adventure game

Broken Age is Double Fine's crowdfunded adventure game

Double Fine Productions kicked off the video game crowdfunding goldrush in March 2012 when it raised $3,335,371 in one month to make a new adventure game. Though part of the drive was to fund a documentary recording its progress, it has been a little secretive, but at least we now know the most basic detail: it's called Broken Age.

Read more: Two characters in very different situations »

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Double Fine's Kickstarter fund ends as a huge success

Double Fine's Kickstarter fund ends as a huge success

Update: 7:15 p.m. with Double Fine web site comment and Schafer tweet.

Slightly more than a month in the making, Double Fine's Kickstarter adventure came to a close as a rousing success. The final tally of the company's fan-funded campaign had more than 87,000 backers who donated $3,335,371 by the time it ended at 8 p.m. EDT today.

Read more: Reached more than 800 percent of its goal »

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