Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars

We’ll always have Paris…

When you look up lists of point and click adventures to play and write about for your blog that no one reads, the Broken Sword series is a name that keeps popping up. I have to admit that I had never heard of the game and, $5.99 on GOG later, I was ready to rectify that. And boy am I glad that I did.

1996 Me would have died.

We’re going to be playing through the Director’s Cut version of the game (the only version of the first game available on GOG or Steam). In doing research on this game, I found out that it was available on every platform… I’m not joking- this game is like the DOOM of point and click adventure games. When it came out, it was available for Windows, Mac, Playstation, GBA, Palm OS, and Windows Mobile.

Told you.

Upon launching, there are three things that set this title apart from your typical 90’s point and click. The first thing that strikes you is the quality of animation. The character animations during cut scenes are the same kinds you would find in an episode of Archer. In game animation uses a cartoon style to create a smooth, visually appealing environment that your character lives in.

The second thing you’ll notice is the quality of voice acting. I’m a huge voice acting nerd, and bad voice acting takes me right out of a game. A notable example for 90’s point and clicks would be “Flight of the Amazon Queen” which is being played currently for a review. You combine this with the excellent score from composer Barrington Pheloung, you’re in for a great time.

…Lana??

The game opens up with the Nico receiving an invitation from a french media mogul who may or may not have known her father. After doing some reading, it appears that this prologue section is only found in the Director’s Cut version of the game. All other versions pick up with the main character George Stobbart, and American Tourist that survives a terrorist attack perpetrated by a costumed assassin. What ensues is an adventure for the ages as George and Nico solve try to outwit the costume killer and get dragged into a conspiracy with the Knights Templar.

If you’re one of the 8 people who haven’t checked this game out, you really need to. It’s a great introduction to the point and click genre.

Broken Sword is available on GOG, Steam, PalmOS, Windows CE, and Gucci SmartToilet.

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