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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
While there's nothing inherently difficult about the game, there's little to help players who do get stuck. You'll have to actively explore each screen and complete some tasks in order to proceed, which many of today's gamers may find unfamiliar.
Violence & Scariness
There's mild cartoon violence, including a monster that eats tweens who are sacrifices, but it's not graphic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Broken Age is a point-and-click adventure game, much like the kind that was popular in the 1990s. It includes a few mature themes, such as kids being sacrificed (violence is cartoonish) and kids rebelling against overly protective parental figures. Young players might not be familiar with these sorts of games, and figuring out how to solve the puzzles in the right order could frustrate them.
Is It Any Good?
The nostalgia emanating from BROKEN AGE is almost overwhelming. It's a love song to the classic days of computer games from one of the best developers of the point-and-click adventure. And it does a good job of intriguing players, who want to know how the two very different stories eventually combine. But whether you'll like it really depends on your gaming history.
Those who have played the older games might feel at home, figuring out the right order in which to do things and the slow pace. Younger gamers, though, may get frustrated or bored. There's plenty of whimsy in the games, a trademark of developer Double Fine, but there aren't a whole lot of laugh-out-loud moments, which is kind of disappointing. And the cliffhanger ending (the game is Part 1 of two) makes the whole thing feel a bit incomplete.
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