Broken Age: Act 1 (PC, OSX, Linux, iOS, and Android-based platforms) began life two years ago on Kickstarter. Tim Schafer, the designer behind The Secret to Monkey Island, wanted to bring back the classic point-and-click games of the past with a new twist via crowd-funding.
A month later, after initially setting a $400K target, Schafer and the developers at Double Fine brought in $3.45 million and sealed the game as the biggest Kickstarter project ever. Double Fine’s successful campaign ensured its development and, with two years in the making, the developer finally released Broken Age: Act 1 to much excitement.
Broken Age is pretty fascinating. Some people wouldn’t be interested in it right away because, well, it’s a point-to-click adventure game. There’s no shooting, no zombies, and it moves at a slow pace. What players get instead is dazzling, colorful graphics and a witty script packed around tight-knit game-play.
The game’s hook lies in its story. Gamers follow the adventure of Vella and Shay: teens challenged in their different worlds with grave situations. Some of the scenarios are pretty grim. However, the game is alright for kids under parental supervision and they can enjoy the whole presentation along with their folks.
The overall story and motives in Broken Age are pretty mature, with themes based around sacrifice, coming of age, and loneliness. The dialog exhibits wit, humor, tear jerking moments and subtle pop culture references. Players should expect to pay close attention to detail while laughing with the script along the way.
Voices are provided by some recognizable actors like Elijah Wood and Jack Black. However, the entrancing tale is the real star. The two characters traverse through their trials and conversations, adding items from their inventory to get the correct dialog boxes. Broken Age‘s puzzles are actually challenging but the ability to switch between the two storylines is great for anyone who needs to give their brain a break.
With its storybook style and romantic atmosphere, Broken Age is a pretty engrossing product. The game clocks in at about three and a half hours so it isn’t a marathon. Nevertheless, it pulled at my heart strings and raised anticipation for Act 2 and so forth.
Broken Age is totally worth playing for fans of point-to-click adventure games who appreciate a great storytelling experience. It’s definitely worthwhile.