Broken Sword: Director’s Cut – Review

On July 4, 2010

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Broken Sword: Director’s Cut – Review

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By: Revolution Software Limited

Version #: 1.0

Date Released: 2010-01-24


Price: 6.99

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If you were me growing up, you played Space Quest, King’s Quest, Monkey Island, and countless other graphic adventure games. If you were me playing Broken Sword on the iPhone, you probably lost more than one night’s sleep reliving those experiences, totally enthralled by the beautiful artwork and the impressive voice-acting. That’s right, a fully voice acted adventure game on the iPhone.

The whole game takes about 12-20 hours to play through, and you travel all over Europe and the middle-east in that time, trying to unravel a mystery centered around the legendary Knights Templar. The plot is surprisingly deep, and the characters doubly so. Even some of the inconsequential side characters are dripping with backstory that never gets mentioned. Your two main characters, French native Nico Collard and American tourist George Stobbart are convincingly dynamic characters that do seem to grow over the course of the game. I don’t care what Ebert says; this is one video game that is definitely art.

The puzzles are, of course, the meat of the game, and they deliver well enough. If you like old-school adventure games’ puzzles, you’ll like the ones here. Oh, and just as a heads up, a rudimentary knowledge of Latin will help you immensely in a few of the puzzles.

Broken Sword is built with many fine parts, and the end result is a beautiful throwback to the good old days of adventure gaming, combined with fantastic innovations of modern technology. The touch interface is highly intuitive, allowing you to look at, or interact with, almost everything on the screen, and using items from your inventory is just as easy.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes.

Learning Curve:Low.

Who Is It For:Fans of classic adventure games or puzzle games.

What I Like:The voice-acting added a lot for me, giving life to these characters.

What I Don't Like:A few of the puzzles seemed arbitrarily unsolvable.

Final Statement:Broken Sword is an outstanding homage to the adventure gaming of yesteryear.

Read the Developer's Notes:
Paris in the Fall… a brutal murder at the Palais Royale. When Nico Collard is invited to interview statesman Pierre Carchon, she finds herself inextricably drawn into a terrifying conspiracy.One of the all-time classic adventures, multi BAFTA-nominated'Broken Sword: Director’s Cut'pitches sassy journalist Nico Collard, and intrepid American George Stobbart into a mysterious journey of intrigue and jeopardy. Guide George and Nico on their globe-spanning adventure, exploring exotic locations, solving ancient mysteries, and thwarting a dark conspiracy to reveal the secret truths of the Knights Templar.Featuring a widely-praised touch interface,'Broken Sword: The Director’s Cut'introduces an intricate new narrative thread, alongside the classic story that has charmed millions of players. It’s time to experience George and Nico’s worldwide adventure in a whole new way, with brand new puzzles, hilarious new jokes, and the distinctive, rich story that made the series so deservedly renowned. This is adventure gaming at its very best.

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