Broken Sword: The Shadow of The Templars (PC)

Paris in the fall, the last months of the year, at the end of the millennium. The city holds many memories for me, of music, of cafes, of love, and of death.

Broken Sword is a point-and-click British adventure about an American guy (George Stobbart) who meets a French girl (Nicole Collard) and travels the world trying to solve a mystery case whilst making fun of all the cultures represented in the game. Broken Sword is from the time when CD-Rom drives started becoming popular and the game was one of the first with full voice acting. The cut-scenes are presented as hand-drawn cartoons and the music is excellent with helpful cues whenever something important happens.

After so many years I had forgotten how good this game was and it was a pleasure to rediscover it once again. I did get stuck once for a few days trying to outsmart an evil goat and later a kebab stand, but overall it was a very entertaining experience which I highly recommend.

There are some things that might put you off as well. There is too much dialogue. For example, lots of puzzles are solved by just talking to people in sequence over and over. After each milestone, George goes back to Nico’s apartment to fill her up about what just happened for God’s sake! The interface may also be a problem sometimes and forces you to scan the screen slowly trying to find clickable objects. However, these complaints are relatively minor.

All in all, an interesting first game in a good series. In this first case, it’s also a story about the Knights Templar, who are always cool.


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