Linux http://www.stuff.tv/sg/linux/all en-SG Octodad: Dadliest Catch PS4 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/octodad-dadliest-catch-ps4/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Think being a dad would be easier with eight limbs? Not so, proves the cephalopod craziness of Octodad: Dadliest Catch </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="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Octodad_review_1.jpg?1398769141" /> </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="/sg/users/tristan-donovan" title="View user profile.">Tristan Donovan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Doors. Doors aren&rsquo;t usually a problem. I&rsquo;ve been around long enough to have doors sussed. But in <em>Octodad: Dadliest Catch</em> doors are my number one enemy.</p> <p>Even when I manage to grab a doorknob, it&rsquo;s a challenge to get through the entrance without slamming it on myself and ending up a tangle of tentacles pinned to the floor by the door. Sigh. Such is life as Octodad, the unlikely hero of this slapstick indie game.</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"> S$19.00 </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"> converted from US$14.99 </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"> It will make you laugh </div> <div class="field-item even"> Octodad’s expressive burbles </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Makes supermarket shopping fun </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"> Runs out of ideas fast </div> <div class="field-item even"> It’s over before you know it </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Feels overpriced </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"> Cephalopod in disguise </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>If there&rsquo;s a prize for the wackiest game concept of the year, <em>Octodad&rsquo;s</em> got to be a firm favourite.</p> <p>You&rsquo;re an octopus. In a suit. That would be odd in itself, but you&rsquo;ve also just got married and had kids with a human and no-one, especially not your wife, seems to have noticed that you are actually a salty sea mollusc.</p> <p>The challenge is to maintain the pretence by doing everyday tasks such as mowing the lawn or doing the shopping. Sounds easy, but when you&rsquo;re a hard-to-control octopus in a suit and tie, dexterity isn&rsquo;t on your side.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/weird-simulation-games-you-wont-believe-actually-exist/feature" target="_blank">The Best Weird Simulator Games Ever</a></strong></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="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</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="Octodad&#039;s weird burbles are a particular audio treat" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_2.jpg?1398769141" /> </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="That&#039;s your wife and kids. No, we&#039;re not sure either" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_8.jpg?1398769141" /> </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"> Out of control </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>Octodad&rsquo;s wayward tentacles are where the game&rsquo;s magic is. The PS4&rsquo;s right stick controls Octodad&rsquo;s right arm, while the L2 and R2 shoulder buttons manage his legs and the left stick handles the direction of his movements (alternatively you can use the PS Camera).</p> <p>At first, it&rsquo;s chaos and you flail around like a wavy tube man in a hurricane. Once you get used to the controls, it&rsquo;s only mildly less chaotic as you career around bumping into precariously balanced household objects, jostle with doors and generally tumble around. It might be hard to control but that&rsquo;s the point and, together with Octodad&rsquo;s expressive eyes and burbles, it&rsquo;s a game that can be amusing even when all you&rsquo;re doing is trying to walk down a corridor.</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="Controlling Octodad is like controlling an octopus in a suit. Oh." alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_4.jpg?1398769141" /> </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"> Killer chef </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 the flippy floppy movements are coupled with mundane tasks such as buying frozen pizza at the supermarket, <em>Octodad</em> is laugh-out-loud funny.</p> <p>The supermarket stage is a standout as you awkwardly scramble over stacks of boxes, slide around the aisles on banana skins and get trapped in freezer cabinets before trying to compose yourself lest the other shoppers stare at you for too long and see through your imperfect disguise.</p> <p>But chores are not the only challenge. There&rsquo;s also a mad chef who, rather ironically, knows that you are an octopus and now wants to turn you into calamari. He pops up at the end of each stage for often frustrating madcap chases or boss fights.</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="Supermarket shopping has never been so tricky" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_5.jpg?1398769141" /> </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="Why doesn&#039;t the chef call child services?" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_11.jpg?1398769141" /> </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"> Calamari with friends </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>You don&rsquo;t have to enjoy <em>Octodad</em> alone. <em>Dadliest Catch</em> has a four player co-op mode in which you and your friends can each take charge of a different tentacle with inevitably dire but amusing consequences.</p> <p>There&#39;s also a free play mode that lets you go back to the stages you&rsquo;ve already completed and mess around without any of the usual objectives to deal with. While free play is perfect for going back and finding the many easter eggs lurking in the game, the game feels directionless without a list of chores to get you into trouble.</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="Free play is a good way to find secrets" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_9.jpg?1398769141" /> </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"> Shallow waters </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>Fun as <em>Octodad: Dadliest Catch</em> is, the novelty wears thin fast. The juxtaposition between the everyday and Octodad&rsquo;s haphazard stumbling is situation comedy gold, but the game trips itself up by dishing out bland sneak-past-enemies fare in its later stages.</p> <p>By the end the game feels more like a so-so platform game with annoying camera than the free-wheeling chaos promised at the start. It&rsquo;s short, too - two or three hours to complete each stage, and the easter eggs and free play mode aren&#39;t going to keep you coming back for much longer.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-hitman-go/review" target="_blank">App of the Week: Hitman GO</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="Air hockey&#039;s tough enough when I&#039;ve got full control of my faculties" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_6.jpg?1398769141" /> </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"> Octodad: Dadliest Catch 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><em>Octodad: Dadliest Catch</em> is a great idea - but it&#39;s only half-realised.</p> <p>The gleeful fun of the early stages is let down by the game&rsquo;s less than inspired later stages and its brevity. And at US$14.99 (S$19) it&rsquo;s a hard game to wholly recommend - you will almost certainly enjoy it, but probably not for long enough for you to feel that you&#39;re getting your money&#39;s worth.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s a shame because in those early moments when it does fulfill its messy comedy potential <em>Octodad</em> is a charming game with a great lead character and plenty of joyful slapstick fun.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/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="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" alt="Octodad: Dadliest Catch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Octodad_review_10.jpg?1398769141" /> </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"> 6 </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"> 5 </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 and charming as <em>Octodad: Dadliest Catch</em> is, its unfulfilled potential leaves it as a novelty game</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> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/octodad-dadliest-catch-ps4/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Linux Mac OSX PlayStation 4 Windows Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:50:58 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1436306 at http://www.stuff.tv North Korea updates its "homegrown" OS and it looks rather familiar http://www.stuff.tv/sg/north-korea-updates-its-homegrown-os-and-it-looks-rather-familiar/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The DPRK’s Red Star Linux 3.0 OS could pass as a very good OS X knockoff </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=" North Korea updates its &quot;homegrown&quot; OS and it looks rather familiar" alt=" North Korea updates its &quot;homegrown&quot; OS and it looks rather familiar" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/redstar_main.png?1391649741" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looks like the North Koreans are pretty big Apple fans. The DPRK&rsquo;s very own national OS took a huge cue from Apple in terms of looks, bearing remarkable resemblance to Mac OS X.</p> <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="/sg/users/cheryl-bates" title="View user profile.">Cheryl Bates</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News 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-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="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/north-korea-updates-its-homegrown-os-and-it-looks-rather-familiar/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/north-korea-updates-its-homegrown-os-and-it-looks-rather-familiar/news#comments Linux Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:03:16 +0000 Nigel Yap 1432012 at http://www.stuff.tv Broken Age: Act 1 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/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="/sg/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"> S$31.90 </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. Converted from US$24.99 </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/sg/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/sg/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/sg/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> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BrokenAge.jpg?1390967999" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/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 Elissa Loi 1431730 at http://www.stuff.tv