After completing his studies at the University of Berkeley in 1989, he was appointed at the already known at the time development studio LucasArts, where he supported Ron Gilbert as a design assistant in the development of the first two parts of the Monkey- Iceland - series. After Gilbert's departure from LucasArts Schafer took over his position as chief Adventure programmers.
The following games Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango and Full gas received positive reviews ( and now enjoy cult status ). At Schafer's displeasure, however, LucasArts turned more and more on the graphic adventures. Therefore, he left in January 2000, the company, after he had worked as a consultant to Escape from Monkey Iceland.
In July 2000, he founded his own company, Double Fine Productions. The first created under his direction there was the action-adventure game Psychonauts, which was released in April 2005. In 2009 he was counted from the games IGN one of the 100 best game developers of all time. That same year, the industry magazine Gamasutra him was one of the top 20 computer games authors in autumn 2009 Double Fines appeared second game, the heavy metal adventure Brütal Legend.
Tim Schafer has also still in contact with Ron Gilbert and consults with him about new games. At the moment both develop together a new, financed by crowdfunding graphic adventure titled Broken Age. This has been funded successfully in March 2012. The total sum amounted including premium donors to about 3.3 million U.S. dollars and presented so that the greatest success is that recorded a game project on the Internet platform Kickstarter until then.
On 30 May 2013, launched another Kickstarter campaign. This time for a turn-based strategy game called Massive Chalice.
- Maniac Mansion (1988 )
- The Secret of Monkey Iceland (1990 )
- Monkey Iceland 2: LeChuck 's Revenge (1991 )
- Day of the Tentacle (1993 )
- Full throttle (1995 )
- Grim Fandango (1998)
- Psychonauts (2005)
- Brütal Legend ( 2009)
- Broken Age (2014)