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Fun but frivolous ‘Retro Mode’ filter found in Broken Age

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Posted on January 16, 2014 AT 01:00pm

Remember when silly little Easter eggs hidden in games used to be a common thing? It seems at least one developer—Double Fine—does.

YouTube user The Phawx posted a video yesterday detailing how to find the hidden “Retro Mode” option in Double Fine’s Kickstarter-funded adventure game, Broken Age. By going to the option screen and turning your resolution down to 640 x 480—a standard resolution during the classic era of point-and-click adventure titles—a new key binding option appears in the control configuration menu. By assigning this option a key, you can turn on or off at will a filter that makes the game’s visuals heavily pixellated.

Sadly, due to the way the filter works, it seems like a fun little surprise, but one that wouldn’t really be practical for actually playing Broken Age for any length of time.

Still, if you’re curious, you can check out The Phawx’s video below to see exactly how to enable Retro Mode, and what the end result looks like.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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