Broken Age is a point-and-click adventure game that is the direct result of a Kickstarter campaign by none other than Tim Schafer. It might be the game that single handedly kickstarted Kickstarter. I’m not positive but that’s definitely how I remember it. Tim Schafer has a glut of credits to his name, including “Never Actively Tried to Sabotage the Project. Tim Schafer, the Racoon King” in Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire. I think you could be wampas in that game, and that’s pretty cool. He also made Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, and Sid Meier’s Pirates!: Curse of Monkey Island. The point is, the man makes good games, and this one is no different.
According to the Steam description, highlights of the game include both “pointing” and “clicking.” Which is great! You can make your girlfriend play it. She might say, “Video games are a waste of time,” or, “Why don’t you get a job?” But then, she tries an adventure game. Pointing! Clicking! Dialogue choices! Taut, palpable emotion! It could work!
The game looks gorgeous. It’s surprising how so many games use the stylized-illustration-watercolor-sketchbook aesthetic, but manage to make each one unique. As far as gameplay goes, I’m assuming you know how adventure games work, and Broken Age works the same way. There are two stories here, and the game is pretty short. But I heard you get the next episode for free. Which is good, because this game is a whopping $16.74.
Verdict: SKIP IT if you’re broke. But this game is good! BUY IT during the Steam Spring Sale. Which will hopefully be in a few weeks.