Back when Double Fine had announced their kickstarter for Broken Age, I thought that I would donate a bit. Why not? Double Fine is cool, and what’s fifteen dollars to get an awesome adventure game? Of course things didn’t work out exactly as planned and so the game is being divided into two acts. Kickstarter backers will still receive the whole game when it comes out, it will just take some more time to finish up. That said, the first act was released some time ago and I finally sat down and played it.
I’m not usually one for point and click adventures. I don’t dislike them, but I don’t actively seek them out either. But I’m always willing to try new things and everyone had talked so much about the ending and how good the game as a whole was. Overall it was a lot of fun. I started out as Vella and played through her entire storyline without switching over to Shae. I knew I could if I wanted to, but I never felt bored enough or stuck enough that I had to switch. In fact there was only one time in each story that I got stuck and had to look up the solution. In Shae’s story it was just me being dumb and not exploring all the rooms. For Vella’s though, I got stock in the bird/cloud village. We’re specifically told NOT to go through the swirly clouds because you’ll fall through. Then they use it as a solution to one of the puzzles. It seemed like counter intuitive design to me.
The story itself is super charming. Vella’s story is much more fun and interesting in my opinion. The characters were more varied and the areas all looked very different. I found myself laughing at the dialogue several times. Shae’s storyline was a bit boring in the beginning, but it picks up towards the end. It’s never as exciting or fun as Vella’s storyline, but it’s still worth playing just to see the end. The ending itself is pretty crazy. I’m very curious to see where Double Fine takes the story from here. It certainly makes you question everything else that you’ve seen in the story.
I would highly recommend this game to anyone who wants a short – each story is about an hour and a half to two hours long – and fun experience. It’s roughly fifteen dollars on Steam right now. I’m sure it will be on sale some time soon too.