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Broken Age

The RPS Verdict: Double Fine's Broken Age, Act 1

From the distant, waterlogged land of Bath Spa, John Walker sits at a keyboard and dreams of another world. A world by the sea. A world where 95% of its male population are bearded and…

2 weeks ago

Bag 21 free games with Twitch Prime this July as part of Amazon Prime Day

Ever since Twitch got gobbled up by cardboard box kingpin Amazon, the two have gone together like a ham and cheese sandwich - or that dreadful PB&J concoction if you're in the US. Got Amazon Prime? You've also got free-game service Twitch Prime - and to celebrate the upcoming day o' deals Amazon Prime Day, Twitch are giving away a free game everyday for Twitch Prime members. Here's a list of everything you…

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2 years ago

Her Story, Read Only Memories & Cibele For $1 In Humble Narrative Bundle

Wowee, isn't this a nice little surprise to help us shake off the Tuesday Wednesday blues? The latest Humble Bundle - Humble Narrative Bundle - has kicked off and, as always, the first tier is in familiar "pay what you want" format, with Steam keys costing a minimum of $1. Thing is, this particular collection's premier platform features one-time RPS Game of the Month and…

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3 years ago

Get Your Head Around Double Fine’s New Metroidvania

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…

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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.…

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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…

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Broken Age Act 2 review

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…

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Play It Again, Manny: Grim Fandango Remastered OST

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…

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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…

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4 years ago

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…

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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 GamesIndustry.biz 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…

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Maniac Mansion 3 By Any Other Name: Thimbleweed Park

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…

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MASSIVE CHALICE: Moderate Impressions

MASSIVE CHALICE (their capitals, not mine) is a Kickstarted strategy-roleplaying game from Psychnoauts, Costume Quest and Broken Age dev Double Fine. (Yes, they do seem to be chucking out a game every other week right now, and not without casualties.) Set in a fantasy kingdom besieged by demonic forces, you must raise and then control a defensive army, ideally sourced from the offspring of your…

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Costume Quest 2 review

Costume Quest 2 is a roleplaying and puzzle game from Psychonauts and Broken Age studio Double Fine. It's about kids' Halloween costumes actually transforming them, and thus enabling them to battle time-travelling dentists and candy-snatching aliens, in a fight to save the future from sugar-phobic tyranny. It's out now. "Is that a children's game?" she asked in confusion. "Uh. Not.. really," I spluttered in embarrassment.…

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Steam Who? – Humble Bundle’s Spring Sale

Is there going to be a spring Steam sale? Or has Valve finally elected to give its wearied money counters - their abacuses gnarled and gnawed on, fear and desperation write large on waxen wood - a brief respite? I'm not entirely sure it matters now, though, as Humble has elected to fire the first shot with a sale of its own, and it's off…

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Earworm: Game Music Bundle 7 Offers 5 Soundtracks For $1

A side benefit to videogame bundles: they offer the opportunity to write about games that would otherwise go unmentioned on a PC-only site. Take Game Music Bundle 7, for example. For $1, it gives you the soundtracks to The Banner Saga, Broken Age, Luftrausers, The Floor Is Jelly and Device 6. Which is four PC games and therefore ample excuse to mention that the mobile-only…

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Double Fine’s Unused ‘Bad Golf 2’ Idea Being Made By Fans

Perhaps Bad Golf 2 will prove to be the One Direction of Double Fine's latest Amnesia Fortnight prototype-off. Not selected as a winning project in the X-Factorish voting, it seemed destined to never become a reality - until fans decided to make it anyway. And now it's generating more headlines than any of the 'official' picks did. Fortunately, Double Fine have given it their blessing.…

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Broken Age Act II Already Funded, Claims Double Fine

Once upon a time in Prior Age 2013, you might remember that Tim Schafer garnered some Internet scorn by confessing that Broken Age had broken Double Fine's bank. This despite a Kickstarter so successful that it kickstarted the notion of using Kickstarter for games (Kickstarter). But then Schafer and co, those clever jesters, they hatched a scheme: break the game into two parts (WORDPLAY) and…

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The RPS Verdict: Double Fine’s Broken Age, Act 1

From the distant, waterlogged land of Bath Spa, John Walker sits at a keyboard and dreams of another world. A world by the sea. A world where 95% of its male population are bearded and wear Converse. Untold distances away, in said sea-neighbouring world of Brighton, Alec Meer also sits at a keyboard and imagines a tourist-besieged town made up of yellow buildings and fading…

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