Posts Tagged ‘Broken Age’

Get Your Head Around Double Fine’s New Metroidvania

What's that Lassie? Little Timmy's head has fallen down the well?

Headlander is the next game from Double Fine, and with news that the project lead from the wonderful Stacking is in charge I’m definitely paying attention. Borrowing the body-swapping concept from that Russian Doll-themed game, Headlander applies it more of a Metroidvania structure, with some lovely 70s sci-fi trappings and the option to graft your head onto anything from dogs to dancers. Take a look below.

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The Final Episode Of Double Fine Adventure! Is Out

Games are strange in that they’re a medium that inspires devotion but even the most feverish fans often know little about how they’re made. Most efforts to explicate the process are also often hamstrung by the marketing need to put on a good face or by the details being delivered long after the fact by developer’s whose memories have faded.

Double Fine Adventure is different. It’s a twenty-part documentary series about the making of Broken Age where the cameras were there at the very beginning, when the fresh Kickstarter success seemed to point towards a future of infinite potential, and were still there at the very end, when the team size had been whittled away, when morale had been dampened by layoffs, and when crunch had caused people to fall ill. As of last week, the final episode is out and available to watch for free along with the rest of the series.

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Why Broken Age Act 2’s Story Is An Awful Mess

It wasn’t possible for me to get into exactly why Broken Age Act 2’s [official site] story is quite such a betrayal of the first half’s potential in my review. It’s all major spoilers. So, with that in mind, the following article contains plot spoilers up to the very end of Act 2.

While Broken Age Act 2 is a let-down in many ways, not least the dreadful puzzles, for me the complete abandoning of what had seemed so special in the first half is what sucked the most. I’ve explored why.

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Wot I Think: Broken Age Act 2

Over a year since the first act was belatedly released, Double Fine’s seminal Kickstarter project Broken Age is now complete. Act 1 was bursting with potential, if a somewhat flawed PC adventure. Obviously this review is of the second half of a game, so will contain some light spoilers for the core plot (but avoids most). Can it live up to the potential it suggested in its first half? Here’s wot I think:

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Play It Again, Manny: Grim Fandango Remastered OST

Can you hear the sound of us not talking?

Rare’s the day we post about game soundtracks here, because by sheer coincidence every member of RPS was born without the ability to enjoy music at the same time as watching pixels flash, but I’ll make an exception. Why? Oh, a combination of this one being a little bit special and my being hopelessly mired in the past, I guess.
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Double Fine Releasing Broken Age Act 2 On April 28th

Imagine the comedic potential of the second half of something called Broken Age [official site] coming out. Something about how it’s fixed. Jokes about superglue. Jibes about Double Fine being ‘butterfingers’ warning them not to drop it again. You could reference Atomic Kitten’s Whole Again or Coldplay’s Fix You [no links, not now, not ever -ed.]. Endlessly entertaining.

At the end of the day, all you’d be trying to do is drag out news that Double Fine have announced plans to release the second half of their crowdfunded adventure game on April 28th.

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18-Part Double Fine Documentary Goes Free

Depending on who you ask, the first Double Fine Kickstarter was for an underwhelming adventure game which snaffled up far more money than it needed, or it was for a fascinating warts and all insight into the making of a high profile videogame which at the very least tried to reach for the stars. I’m not sure either stance is particularly accurate – i.e. given the aesthetic quality of the game it’s not at all hard to see how the money got legitimately spent, but equally Broken Age wasn’t the grand point’n’click comeback we’d hoped for – but there’s no question that the extensive and human Making Of documentary series also provided to backers sweetened the deal enormously.

And now the rest of us get to watch it too, for no-pennies.
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Aaaaaages: Broken Age Act 2 Delayed Till Early 2015

Broken Age has long blown past its originally projected release date, but the documentary series available to backers continues to be a regular and excellent thing. Each episode goes into the development process in great detail – and in doing so, telegraphs news like this long in advance: Act 2 of the adventure game has slipped from the end of the year and into early next.

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Doubleplusbad: Double Fine Layoffs

Grim news emerged from Double Fine at the tail-end of the week, when Tim Schafer confirmed to that the cancellation of an unannounced project has led to layoffs.

One of our unannounced projects was unexpectedly cancelled by its publisher, forcing us to reduce our staff by 12 people. Our remaining projects–Broken Age, Massive Chalice, and Grim Fandango Remastered, were unaffected…

That’s all the information we have and while there’ll be a brief attempt to squint between the lines below, first up are condolences and best wishes for the future to those affected.

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Maniac Mansion 3 By Any Other Name: Thimbleweed Park

are you OK, sir?

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the crowdfunding waters – the Old Men Of Videogames are back, and they want your cash so they can pick up where they left off. Again. This time it’s Ron Gilbert & Garry Winnick, creators of Lucasarts point’n’click grandparent Maniac Mansion (not to mention a little game called Monkey Island), and they’re after $375k to make a spiritual sequel named Thimbleweed Park.
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