Broken Pieces

Broken Pieces is a psychological thriller taking place in a french coastal village somehow outside the flow of time. Solve the mysteries by putting the pieces of the story back together by figuring out the enigma behind this mystical place.

About the Game

Created by a team of 5 people, Broken Pieces is the first game to come out of the French game development studio Elseware Experience.
When Elise and her fiancé decided to leave urban life and settle near the French coast, she could not imagine that she would end up completely alone.
Now, surrounded by strange phenomena in a dark, post-Cold War climate, Elise will have to investigate and unravel the mysteries surrounding the region of Saint-Exil, its ritualistic cult, and its lighthouse overlooking the coast.
Broken Pieces is an action-packed investigative and adventure video game set in France. The game puts you in the shoes of Elise, a woman in her thirties who finds herself in the village of Saint-Exil in an imaginary region reminiscent of Brittany. Following an unexplained paranormal phenomenon, Elise is stuck, completely alone and out of time. Your investigation begins here…

Exploration and Discovery

Broken Pieces is set in a visually stunning and rich game world.
  • Enjoy a completely revised version of the camera system that accompanies legendary gaming sagas, aimed at providing flexibility and player agency
  • Choose from first person or third person cameras as well as more panoramic sequences while exploring and travelling
  • Absorb the inspiring original soundtrack and custom EP

Exploration and Discovery

  • Explore the area of Saint-Exil and its surroundings in the 1990s.
  • Enjoy a completely revised version of the camera system that accompanied legendary game franchises of the 90s, aimed at providing greater flexibility and player agency.
  • Switch between 2 camera angles in any situation or drop into a first-person view to have a closer look around.
  • Interact with the environment to learn more about what has happened to you in Saint-Exil.

Cinematic Storytelling

  • Your investigation will be rhythmically punctuated by cinematic sequences, with motion entirely captured from handheld cameras.
  • Enjoy a thriller atmosphere in your adventure to the fullest extent.

Puzzles and Mystery

  • Keep an eye on the time with your watch; it is imperative that you get home before nightfall.
  • Manage your inventory capacity and ensure that you carry about what you need to make progress.
  • A variety of additional interactive elements, such as a vintage arcade machine, is available in your main and secondary quests.
  • Change the weather of Saint-Exil to forge new paths or solve the puzzles blocking your way.

Hear the Truth with your Tape Player

  • You will discover tapes from which you can draw clues to help you in your investigation.
  • Use the tape player to fast-forward or rewind the tapes and home in on the information you seek.
  • Listen to your tapes while exploring the village of Saint-Exil and enjoy a seamless experience of discovery.
  • Discover the music composed by Pierre for Élise that will accompany you in your adventure.

Face your Ghosts

  • Face challenging enemies with a unique combat system using fixed camera angles.
  • Dodge your enemies or hold them at a distance using your powers to better defeat them.
  • Restore your health by grabbing a drink in the fridge, catching a nap on a bench or spending a night in the safety of your bed.
  • Craft high-quality ammo and upgrade your gun to increase your fighting abilities.

Broken Pieces Ratings & Reviews

  • 29%
    Critics Recommend
  • 66
    Top Critic Average
  • Fair
    OpenCritic Rating
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by Audra Bowling
75 / 100
Broken Pieces is a nostalgic mystery adventure that feels like it might be missing one or two components still.
PC Invasion
by Andrew Farrell
7 / 10
Broken Pieces has strong world design and interesting mechanics, even if the action feels needlessly shoehorned in.
by Cosmin Vasile
7.5 / 10
Broken Pieces has a decent narrative and puzzles that mostly make sense, with a camera system designed to evoke nostalgia. But the combat sections, few as they are, are mediocre and players need to quickly become invested in the story to keep moving forward, finding puzzle solutions, and returning to their home before 8 PM.
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Broken Pieces System Requirements



OS versionWindows 7/8/10 (64 bit)
OS versionWindows 7/8/10 (64 bit)
CPUIntel Core i3-2130 (3.4 GHz)/AMD FX-4100 (3.6 GHz)
CPUIntel Core i7-3930K (3.2 GHz)/AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (3.2 GHz)
Memory8 GB
Memory16 GB
GPU3 GB, GeForce GTX 1050 (Legacy GPU: GeForce GTX 660) / Radeon R7 370
GPU4 GB, GeForce GeForce GTX 970 / GTX 1060 / Radeon R9 390
DirectXDirectX 10
Storage9 GB
Storage9 GB
Languages Supported
  • Audio: English, French
  • Text: Spanish (Spain), French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Simplified), German, English, Russian, Hungarian
© 2020 Benoit Dereau, Mael Vignaux. Broken Pieces is developed by Elseware Experience and published by Freedom Games. BROKEN PIECES and its logo are registered trademarks of Benoit Dereau & Mael Vignaux. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective owners. All rights reserved. Benoit Dereau is registered in France