A universe of difference
Release Date: OUT NOW!
Reviewed on: PS4 Also on: PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, PS Vita Publisher: Double Fine
Shay ( voiced
brilliantly by Elijah Wood) and Vella ( a husky and astute Masasa Moyo) live in separate universes, linked only by a recurring theme of over- protection and a call to adventure that leads them to question everything they thought they knew about the world around them. Separate, or so it seems – until Broken Age reveals that you’re very much in the same situation with its dual protagonists.
Both long for danger, and when that danger inevitably arrives – given that this is resolutely a point- andclick – it’s propelled more by narrative than real- time interaction. The puzzling is refreshingly modern; there are some head- scratchers in here – including a challenging, actual knot- based puzzle – but they’re rare. The emphasis in Broken Age is much more on letting the story, the spellbinding visuals, the movietrumping voice acting, and the sense of place do their thing, with hypnotic results.
Broken Age is capable of eliciting emotional responses way beyond the laughter that Tim Schafer’s good- natured comedy writing is sure to produce. It forces you to re- evaluate, then re- evaluate that re- evaluation. Then make a talking tree throw up over a sand sculpture… Just know that you will remember how it felt to be a child for a fleeting second. You will stop and ask, “Hey, is that Wil Wheaton’s voice?” ( It is.) You’ll get stuck at least once, but the soothing voices of Shay and Vella will melt away your exasperation. You like beautiful things, and Broken Age is truly beautiful. And that’s all you really need to know. Phil Iwaniuk The stellar voice cast also includes Double Fine’s Jennifer Hale and Jack Black, along with Adventure Time’s Pendleton Ward.
Doesn’t look that messy.