Broken Age: Act 1

  • Broken Age: Act 1
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  • Gorgeous world.
  • Remarkable characters.
  • Genuinely hilarious.


  • Puzzle solutions aren't very complex.
  • Stops just as it hits its stride.

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By TechSpot on

Nostalgia seeps out of every virtual pore of Double Fine's latest game. The game exists only because of the generosity of thousands of people who, by and large, wanted to recapture the charms of their video game playing youth. So, it's fitting that Broken Age looks like a gorgeously designed animated movie you can play through.

By PCAdvisor on 70

Extremely pretty, thematically ingenious and challenges narrative expectations, but the puzzles and jokes feel so lightweight - Broken Age's first act isn't the great adventure game comeback we'd been hoping for.

By PC Advisor on 70

Depending on how you look at it, Broken Age is either the vanguard of the Kickstarter era or a much-delayed return to unfinished business. It began life as a pledge by one of the main brains behind classic LucasArts point and click adventures such as...

By on

So, has Double Fine Productions succeeded? Yes, and admirably so. Where they could have simply relied on the draw of nostalgia to recoup expenses, they instead, painstakingly crafted an experience that players will want to revisit for years to come. ...

By TweakTown on 80

It seemed that 2013 was the year of the Kickstarter. Numerous famous companies hit Kickstarter to get the funds required to build their dream projects, but of course this had to start somewhere, and the first person to really hit Kickstarter hard was Tim...

By MacLife on 90

Broken Age Act 1 is vividly pretty, memorably funny, and absolutely worth playing if you've ever enjoyed point-and-click adventures.

By on 60

But neither the lovely presentation or witty writing is enough to entirely make up for the lack of challenge - Broken Age is simply too shallow and short. It's a backwards-looking game, decked out in rose-tinted specs and hoping to revive past glories....

By on

Kickstarter backers are typically very patient. You put your money down and then wait for weeks or months for the rewards. When backing a game, however, it can be hard to be patient, as the only tangible reward is usually receipt of the game...

By Strategy Informer on 80

Standard disclaimer: yep, I backed the Double Fine Adventure, now called Broken Age. I don’t feel that fact matters since I would’ve bought the game anyway, but I want you dear reader to be fully aware of this fact. Another fact is that I have high...

By TrustedReviews on 80

It might not be the second coming of Day of the Tentacle and Monkey Island, but Broken Age has its own tale to tell - and it's one we can't wait to finish.

By HardcoreGamer on 90

Broken Age tells a concise, clever story and, more importantly, knows exactly where to leave off. There’s a sense of accomplishment and closure in the final moments of Act 1, but it still leaves you itching to know what’s coming next.

By PC World on 100

Double Fine's ode to classic '90s adventure games is full of potential, but lacks the depth to make it a classic in its own...

By on 90

Broken Age isn't finished. What's available right now is the first four hours of an adventure game that still has at least four hours to...

By EuroGamer on 70

Pleasant but undemanding, gorgeous but lacking in depth - fans will be forgiven for expecting something a little more chewy, a little more experimental, from a developer who made his name by turning adventure games upside down. Here's hoping Act 2 builds some gameplay muscle to go with the supermodel looks.

By IGN on 95

It culminates with an effective cliffhanger that has me counting the days until I can finish Vella and Shay’s adventure in Act 2. Broken Age is a great reminder of why I fell in love with adventure games in the first place, and that the genre’s strengths lie in its fertile ground for storytelling and worldbuilding rather than mechanical tweaks.

By GameSpot on 70

Thankfully, the ending provides some resolution while also leaving you excited for the second act. While this game functions as a stand-alone release, it's not designed to be one. This opening act has set the stage for an engrossing tale of childhood's end--let's just hope the payoff is as fulfilling.

By PCGamer on 86

Like a reunion concert of a band you once loved, or a candy shop selling a particular brand of candy that brings to mind childhood summers of sun and sea and all that other cliched crap, Broken Age is a well deserved chance to remember the old days and realize that they're still closer than they might sometimes feel - even if the second part is a little further away than intended.

By GameInformer on 85

Broken Age is the best venue I’ve seen for Double Fine’s twisted sensibilities in a long time. They’ve crafted two unique worlds, ­filling them both with just enough silliness to be fun without overwhelming the characters and their ultimately touching journeys. I’m eager to see what Act II has in store for us all.

By Polygon on 90

I'll admit there's a little bit of Veruca Salt in this complaint. This is wonderful stuff so I do, in fact, just want it now. But there's also a lot of really important set up here, themes being established, conflicts being hinted at. I worry the impact of seeing those resolved will be blunted once so much time has elapsed upon the release of Broken Age's second act.

By Edge on 80

Broken Age is unlikely to convert detractors, then, but for those of us who grew up with Bernard, Ben, Manny et al, it feels like coming home.