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Costume Quest 2 isn't for the hardcore, but it's for the hardcorn photo
Costume Quest 2 isn't for the hardcore, but it's for the hardcorn
by Brett Makedonski

If there's one thing that the folks at Double Fine aren't known for, it's being pigeon-holed into making the same game. In fact, almost all of its titles are wildly different from one another. From the likes of Brütal Legend to Stacking to Broken Age, nothing the studio does is derivative of its past works.

It's not exactly a flag that Double Fine waves proudly, but it maybe kind of is, in a way. That's why when I sat down with publishing manager Greg Rice last month to talk about Costume Quest 2, he almost sheepishly started off with "Well, it's the first sequel we've ever done," (apart from the add-on to Double Fine Happy Action Theater, which hardly counts).

The statement struck me as unusual as I mentally ran down the company's list of titles. "Has Double Fine really gone this long without iterating on any of its other games?" I pondered. Apparently so, and Costume Quest 2 will be the game that finally breaks the streak.

And, that's okay, because more Costume Quest is never a bad thing.

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3:00 AM on 05.14.2014

Watch Tim Schafer play through Day of the Tentacle after a 10-year lull

This glorious video before us is a Let's Play of Tim Schafer himself playing Day of the Tentacle. The 40-minute video features Tim narrating a playthrough and sharing little tidbits of information regarding production, voice...

Brittany Vincent



Hack 'N' Slash lets you take revenge on those darn block puzzles photo
Hack 'N' Slash lets you take revenge on those darn block puzzles
by Bill Zoeker

Max recently sat down with Brandon Dillon of Double Fine, Programmer and Project Lead on Hack 'N' Slash. Brandon walked us through a demonstration of the game, which allows players to manipulate the actual code of the game with the protagonist's USB sword, and we all learn some lessons in critical thinking.

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11:00 PM on 05.07.2014

Last Life shows that death is not the end in a cyber-noir future

Max sat down with Sam Farmer, the creator of Last Life. Being developed in association with Double Fine, Last Life is a point-and-click adventure game set in a cyber-noir future, where death doesn't always mean the end. Check out the Kickstarter for this game here.

Bill Zoeker

11:00 PM on 04.14.2014

I hacked a bush in Double Fine's Hack N Slash

With a name like Hack N Slash, it’s easy to assume exactly what’s in the package and dismiss it. Then people hear it’s from Double Fine and expectations immediately change for the better, as they should. Hac...

Patrick Hancock

7:00 AM on 04.13.2014

Double Fine drops a 90s themed Hack 'n' Slash trailer

Double Fine's Hack 'n' Slash, which is similar to Zelda with a hacking mechanic involved, is looking pretty great so far. Here to help the wait is a new trailer from the developer, which is themed like a 90s commercial ...

Chris Carter







Review: Escape Goat 2 photo
Review: Escape Goat 2
by Ben Pack

Escape Goat 2 is not a goat simulator. No, this is another goat game. I know it’s confusing. Sometimes two seemingly identical properties come out of nowhere. Armageddon came out two months after Deep Impact, moviegoers confused The Thin Red Line with Saving Private Ryan, and now, in the Spring of 2014, we have two games with goat protagonists.

But other than the main characters, these games have nothing in common.

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Escape Goat 2 released as Tim Schafer tries to take credit photo
Escape Goat 2 released as Tim Schafer tries to take credit
by Conrad Zimmerman

Are you ready to laugh? Double Fine has released this video to promote the launch of Escape Goat 2 today on Windows, Mac and Linux PCs, and I suspect it's the funniest thing I'm going to see today. Watch what happens when Tim Schafer mistakes the developers of Escape Goat 2, MagicalBeanTime, for burglars and unleashes some street justice before attempting to steal all the glory from their work.

As many good ones do, the joke arises out of reality. MagicalBeanTime completed the final weeks of development on Escape Goat 2 using a spare office at Double Fine headquarters. 

Even if you don't give a whit about this really fun and strange puzzle-platform game, that's a damned funny ad. And if you do care, you can pick it up from Steam, Humble or GOG.com this week for 10% off the regular price of $9.99.

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Double Fine's Hack 'N' Slash is like Zelda, but you hack the game photo
Double Fine's Hack 'N' Slash is like Zelda, but you hack the game
by Steven Hansen

Borne out of Double Fine's yearly Amnesia Fortnight game jam, Hack 'N' Slash (as well as Spacebase DF-9) is getting a full release this summer. The top down action adventure game may look like a Legend of Zelda clone, but that's intentional, because the actual mechanics are different. And weird. 

You actually hack the game, rewriting bits of its code and changing values in real time to affect how you interact with these iconic mechanics. I feel a little dumb and intimidated, too, don't worry.

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12:30 PM on 03.10.2014

A Double Fine ... sequel? Costume Quest 2 announced

Double Fine's turn-based role-playing game Costume Quest is getting a sequel for PC and consoles by way of publisher Midnight City, the two companies announced today. Moving on up! Protagonists Wren and Reynold return for th...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 02.24.2014

Fans are bringing an unused Double Fine pitch to life

While it may not have been my favorite concept for a game out of Amnesia Fortnight 2014, the pitch itself for Bad Golf 2 was among the best. It was literally just Double Fine's Patrick Hackett chanting "Bad Golf 2!" four time...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 02.22.2014

Double Fine has enough funds for Broken Age Act II

I think the question that most people asked themselves when they finished Broken Age Act I was "Okay, so when am I going to get to play Act II?" The more pressing concern was "Will there be an Act II?" but thankfully Double F...

Alasdair Duncan

6:00 PM on 02.18.2014

These are the four winning games of Amnesia Fortnight

Before Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight, "The only way [other people] would become project lead was if I died, and I didn't want to die. Or be killed," said CEO Tim Schafer. The game jam is back this year and as voted by peop...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 02.06.2014

Vote on potential Double Fine games in Amnesia Fortnight

Double Fine is hosting another Amnesia Fortnight game jam over the next two weeks, giving fans a chance to support the company financially and voice their opinion about which prototypes should move forward into full producti...

Jordan Devore



Very Quick Tips: Broken Age Episode One photo
Very Quick Tips: Broken Age Episode One
by Chris Carter

Double Fine just released part one of Broken Age to Kickstarter backers this week, and it's a big deal for multiple reasons. Not only is the game highly anticipated, but the Kickstarter itself was full of fanfare and controversy, mostly for splitting the game into two acts.

Our own Caitlin Cooke is plugging away for a review [which has since gone live], but in the meantime, here are some tips I've collected throughout my journeys in the world of Broken Age. Most of these are at the request of readers who got "stuck" in an area or two, but like all adventure games, I urge you to try and beat it by yourself, and only consult these tips if you really can't progress any further.

Also, there are light spoilers abound, so if you're not a backer and aren't playing, come back after January 28 when the game is released to the public!

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2:15 PM on 01.28.2014

Double Fine's Broken Age Act 1 now playable by all

Well, this is it. After a short period during which only the backers of the Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter project had access, Broken Age Act I has now been released on Steam for all to buy and play. As successful as...

Conrad Zimmerman