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Broken Age’s Secret Pixelated Mode Uncovered

by Ron Duwell | January 17, 2014January 17, 2014 7:30 pm PST

YouTube user, The Phawx, has uploaded a step-by-step video showing how to activate Broken Age’s secret blurry retro-mode. Fans might recall that Director Tim Schafer got his start in video games working on LucasArts graphic adventures, and this secret mode is a throwback to his pixelated roots in games like Full Throttle and Day of the Tentacle.

First, you must drop the resolution down to 640×480, a standard old man resolution for all you young kids, and then press the “key mapping” button. The main characters will appear in a new icon, and when assigned a key, pressing it will transform the game in and out of its secret retro mode.

Tim Schafer and Double Fine have confirmed that this was an intentional Easter Egg and not a bug. Don’t go trying the experiment and expecting to get a fully recreated version of the game with traditional SCUMM graphics like me, because I am an idiot. The blurry mode is just a nod, hardly a new experience worth playing the entire game in.

This is not like switching in and out of Secret of Monkey Island‘s HD and retro modes. Tim Schafer and crew would have to animate two entirely separate games to do that. They are working on a tight budget here.

The Phawx

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...