Broken Age is a point-and-click adventure video game, Tim Schafer’s first return to the genre since 1998’s Grim Fandango. The game is produced and distributed by Schafer’s Double Fine Productions for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita platforms. The game was developed in two acts; the first was released on January 28, 2014 (two weeks earlier for Kickstarter backers), and the second was released on April 28, 2015. A retail version of the complete game for Windows, OS X, and Linux, published by Nordic Games, was released on April 28, 2015.
Broken Age began under the working title Double Fine Adventure (internal codename “Reds”) as a Kickstarter crowdfunded project promoted by company Double Fine and 2 Player Productions in February 2012. Originally a goal of $400,000 was set to cover the costs of development and documentary filming, it became the largest crowdfunded video game project at the time, raising over $3.45 million from more than 87,000 backers within the month. It remains one of the highest-backed crowdfunded projects of any type, and its success helped to establish Kickstarter and other crowdfunding mechanisms as a viable alternative to traditional venture capital and publisher funding for niche video game titles. The game’s development is being chronicled by an episodic series of documentaries produced by 2 Player Productions.