Hack ‘N’ Slash is the Double Fine adventure that deconstructs and rewires the genre

Hacknslash

The title may be Hack ’N’ Slash, but it’s clear from the opening moments of Double Fine’s inventive action-adventure that you won’t be doing much of the latter. Alice, a young elf, immediately breaks her sword on the bars of her cell, revealing a USB connector beneath the blade. Plug it into the door’s slot… Continue reading

An Audience With: Tim Schafer – Double Fine’s boss on episodic games, Kickstarter and Brütal Legend 2

Tim Schafer

Few developers can lay claim to as many cherished games, or characters, as Tim Schafer. Starting out as a tester at LucasArts in 1989, he worked his way up to tools programmer, then co-wrote 1990’s The Secret Of Monkey Island with Ron Gilbert. Full Throttle and Grim Fandango saw Schafer refine his idiosyncratic storytelling style,… Continue reading

Tim Schafer on Amnesia Fortnight, the game jam powering the Double Fine ideas factory

Tim Schafer

It’s an unavoidable truth of game development that sometimes months – often years – of work might never be released, or be modified and compromised beyond all recognition. Double Fine has found a way around that wasteful culture with its Amnesia Fortnight, a game jam which started in 2007 and is described by the studio… Continue reading

Broken Age review

Broken Age

Tim Schafer’s first adventure game in 15 years is, in the most literal sense, fan service. Broken Age has been funded by players with fond memories of LucasArts’ golden era and built on the promises made to them in what turned out to be a defining, and record-breaking, Kickstarter campaign. The result is that the… Continue reading