1/16/16

Gamer's Review - Broken Age

A peaceful and tranquil scene if weren't for what happens after
Well this is probably one of the most beautiful yet blackest comedy point-click adventures I ever played. Broken Age follow the tales of Vella and Shay on their coming of age journeys. Vella is a spunky, young girl whose path is more fantasy oriented as she is chosen by her village as a maiden to be sacrificed to giant scary monster (yep black comedy). Shay is traveling on a spaceship designed for babies being smoothed by a computer motherboard (who treats him like he's still a toddler) and longs for actual adventure beyond the safe environment of the spaceship.

Doesn't Shay sound like Frodo Baggins (hint hint) hehe?
Like most other titles from "Double Fine"....great game play is mixed with great art styles and healthy doses of comedy, which in this case I was very surprised because the comedy has heavy doses of morbid-black comedy. A ceremony involving a giant ugly monster eating young maidens is treated as a happy yet morbid celebration and to be chosen as a maiden is considered an honor. The maidens (besides Vella) are giddy with joy and prove to be so annoying in personality to the point that....will the giant monster just eat them already!? Shay's motherboard computer is motherly about him, its just hilarious to see her fret overly too much.

Gameplay is akin to what you find typically in a point click adventure only it fells very stream lined. Only the clicking on "hot-spots" is needed to look, see or touch plus you have an inventory. The slight twist would be, you are able to freely switch between Shay and Vella's story lines which proves to important in the 2nd act. The puzzles felt like more casual then usual point-click, but still tricky in some ways.

Eat up!
Art style is top notch....it feels like calm (which ironic considering the events that unfold), and pleasant with its rich oil or acrylic painted like visuals. It feels like you're stepping into an illustrated children's picture book....which is kind of hilarious considering the morbid turn of events.

This has been one epic and hialrious trip....

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