review

Broken Age, act 1

March 11 2014
Double Fine
Android iOS Linux OSX PC Ouya
2-4hrs
Take or leave

Having raised over 3 million on KickStarter, Double Fine adventures have partially delivered on their promise in the form of Broken Age: Act 1. As to be expected from Tim Schafer, the man who created The Grim Fandango and The Day of the Tentacle, the game is a classic point-and-click adventure. Its most notable feature is the dual storyline. From the start you can choose to be either Vella or Shay, the latter being voiced by professional mince, Elijah Wood. At any given time, you can swap between the two. Although simple, this dynamic works well. Given the game revels in making you experiment with every object/subject combination until something fits – or you realise there was another something you could click on, this swapping element helps alleviate those 'stuck' moments.

The game has two interesting stories pushing it along, with Vella's tale having a Hunger Gamesfeel to it –at least with regards to people being comfortable with public death. Shay's tale is similarly intriguing, although it does feel a bit slow for the most part. This criticism could be leveled at the game more generally. While the art style, story and voice acting are all superb, overall the game feels a bit empty. Most of the dialog is pleasant, but forgettable. The scenery is nice, but not breathtaking.

The game doesn't do anything wrong, but there's nothing that notable here to speak of. If you like your point and click adventures, grab it, otherwise there's probably not enough to keep you interested.