I really like the way Double Fine makes games. Looking through my backlog (which, thanks to holiday sales and Humble Bundles, continues to grow), I see a few more Double Fine games I can look forward to playing. Expect to see me play ‘The Cave’ some time in the near future, and I’ll continue playing ‘Psychonauts,’ too.
But last night, it was ‘Broken Age,’ a 2D point-and-click game presented in a gorgeous hand-painted style. You play as Vella and Shay, two different characters in two very different settings, and you can switch between the two at any time. Where the story goes, and what joins these two, I couldn’t say. Can’t wait to find out.
‘Broken Age’ is all about the story, which is bizarre, a bit dark, and sometimes pretty funny. And the puzzles, thankfully, are not so tough they left me hopefully stuck. I found solving them to be pretty satisfying, actually. It was relaxing, setting down the Xbox controller and just using the mouse, leisurely clicking around the screen, listening to the excellent score and voice acting. Every gamer should do that once in a while.
I mentioned the game was gorgeous. I actually took a bunch of screenshots while playing ‘Broken Age,’ but rather than post these, I figure I’d just invite you to play ‘Broken Age’ and experience it yourself. You won’t regret it. You’ll probably find it on sale somewhere right now.
Act 1 of ‘Broken Age’ is available now, and I don’t know when Act 2 will be out. Soon, I hope. This is why I’d rather wait for all episodes of a game to be released before I start them. I know what’s going to happen: I’ll finish Act 1, fall into a spiral of despair that I can’t play Act 2 yet, and then I’ll probably get drunk and pass out. Thanks, Double Fine!
Next week, I’ve got something violent lined up. 7pm-ish on Twitter.