Double Fine http://www.stuff.tv/double-fine/all en-GB Broken Age: Act 1 http://www.stuff.tv/broken-age/broken-age-act-1/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Broken Age is the adventure game that kickstarted Kickstarter, but is it really a victory for player power? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BrokenAge.jpg?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the &lsquo;90s, Tim Schafer was a hero - one of the brains behind point-and-click adventures such as <em>The Secret of Monkey Island</em>. But then adventures went out of fashion and life moved on.</p> <p>But in 2012, after 16 years away from the genre that made his name, Schafer made his fans an offer: fund me on this new-fangled Kickstarter thingy and I&rsquo;ll make another adventure. Two years and $3.3m later we get <em>Broken Age</em>, but has Schafer&rsquo;s experiment paid dividends?</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £18.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price includes Act 2 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Clever, amusing story </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lovely visuals and top-notch sonics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pushover puzzles </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sticking to tradition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Schafer promised an old-school adventure and that&rsquo;s exactly what he&rsquo;s delivered.</p> <p><em>Broken Age</em> harks back to the days when LucasArts meant top-notch point-and-click adventures, rather than second-rate <em>Star Wars</em> cash-ins. That means we get a proper story to experience and some puzzles to solve... but little else besides.</p> <p>That may sound a little threadbare in an era of multi-faceted blockbusters such as <em>Mass Effect</em>, but as Telltale&rsquo;s superb take on <em>The Walking Dead</em> proves, when it&rsquo;s done well story plus puzzles can equal greatness.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kuCErygUS_g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SpaceWeaverAndBoy.jpg?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shay and Vella </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Broken Age</em> introduces us to Shay and Vella, two teenagers who live separate lives but are equally keen to escape adult authority.</p> <p>Shay lives on a spaceship where a doting computer mum keeps him trapped in a childish routine of ice-cream avalanches and early learning space missions. So when a chance for real adventure appears, he quickly signs up.</p> <p>Vella, meanwhile, lives in Sugar Bunting - a bakers&rsquo; town threatened by Mog Chothra, a monster that will only leave if fed young women. Vella&rsquo;s on the menu but defies the town elders by deciding it&rsquo;s better to fight than become monster munch.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BoyGalley.png?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GirlDialogTree.png?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hitting the funny bone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Shay and Vella&rsquo;s parallel stories, which players can flip between at will, are strong reminders of why Schafer was able to convince people to hand him $3.3m of their cash.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: for every Broken Age-style Kickstarter success there are plenty of disasters. Here are the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/crowdfunding/8-worst-crowdfunding-ideas-so-far/feature" target="_blank">8 Worst Crowdfunding Ideas So Far</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/save-game-how-kickstarters-resurrecting-your-favourite-games/feature" target="_blank">How game developers are using Kickstarter to resurrect your favourite genres</a></strong></p> <p><em>Broken Age&rsquo;s</em> charming and imaginative world is backed by fine dialogue and characters that imprint themselves in your mind. It&rsquo;s genuinely funny, too, boasting a witty sense of humour that&rsquo;s only marred by a spate of laboured double entendres about poo. On top of that Act 1 ends with an ingenious twist that will leave you gagging for Act 2&rsquo;s conclusion - you&#39;ll have to wait until the end of the year for that, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GirlShellmound.png?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pushover puzzles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When not being charmed by the story, <em>Broken Age</em> boils down to cracking puzzles by using the right object, in the right way, at the right time - classic point-and-click stuff.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no way to fail, only ways to get stuck, but since <em>Broken Age</em> constantly drops hints about every solution that practically never happens. And that&rsquo;s a problem. Of course no-one wants to return to the bad old days of having to restart because you ate a custard pie that turns out to be the only way to kill an impassable yeti, but the lack of challenge means that there&rsquo;s little sense of achievement.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BoyMainBridge.png?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sound and vision </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With its easy puzzles and linear story <em>Broken Age</em> feels more ride than game, but at least it&rsquo;s a beautiful ride. The distinctive artwork feels like a stylish children&rsquo;s book brought to life and is so good that it feels near criminal to use the retro mode that makes the game look like it came out in 1992.</p> <p>The audio hasn&rsquo;t been neglected either. There&rsquo;s a memorable score performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and in-game dialogue from stars such as Jack Black and Elijah Wood. In short, it&rsquo;s an audio-visual treat.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GirlFeast.png?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But neither the lovely presentation or witty writing is enough to entirely make up for the lack of challenge - <em>Broken Age</em> is simply too shallow and short.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a backwards-looking game, decked out in rose-tinted specs and hoping to revive past glories. Perhaps that&#39;s all the Kickstarter backers were after, but we can&#39;t help but feel a little underwhelmed when the likes of <em>The Walking Dead</em> have done such a marvellous job of modernising the traditional adventure game. Beautiful though it is, Broken Age just isn&#39;t in the same league.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Broken Age review" alt="Broken Age review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bedroom_WakeUp.jpg?1390968896" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Funny but far from revolutionary, Broken Age is a pleasant stroll down gaming&rsquo;s memory lane</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Broken Age: Act 1 review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/broken-age/broken-age-act-1/review#comments Broken Age Double Fine Gaming Linux Mac OSX PC Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:51:21 +0000 Tom Parsons 1431707 at http://www.stuff.tv