Excerpt: The amount of games being ported to or remade for the Game Boy Advance is staggering. Be they ports or remakes of games from older systems like the SNES or more current systems like PlayStation, Nintendo's powerful little handheld is seeing lots of great remakes. But one remake I never expected to see was a remake of Broken Sword, a point-and-click graphic adventure for the PC and PlayStation first released back in the mid 1990s.
Broken Sword: Circle of Blood (Shadow of the Templars) by Becky
1 March 2010
Excerpt: Circle of Blood It’s a beautiful day in Paris and a young American, George Stobbart, is relaxing at the table of a sidewalk café. From out of nowhere a clown appears. Party, anyone? Within seconds a man is dead and George is flailing around in the patio umbrella while debris scatters around him.
Excerpt: This game is a real winner! It combines the very best aspects of traditional adventure games and mystery thrillers, with even a little romance thrown in for good measure, and a suspenseful and slowly evolving story that will keep you glued to your seat.
Conclusion: In the end of it all, Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars is a one-of-a-kind game that will provide you hours and hours of sheer fun, and also make you learn a few things. Travel the world, start an urban myth or two, discover a dark secret... The trailer doesn’t lie. This game rocks.
Excerpt: Adventure games are a
dying breed. Ten to fifteen years ago, the video game market was filled
with quality titles like Sam and Max Hit the Road, Monkey Island, Day
of the Tentacle, Maniac Mansion, Full Throttle, Leisure Suit
Larry...the list goes on and on. These games were light on action, but
they told incredible stories, often with plenty of humor, and gorgeous
graphics and environments.
Excerpt: In 1995, Revolution released Broken Sword: Circle of Blood on the PC to critical and commercial success in Europe. Revolution followed the PC release with a European Playstation port in 1996 and a domestic Playstation port in 1998 (renamed, you guessed it, Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars), to critical success but marginal commercial sales.
Summary: PC-style adventure comes to GBA. Whether you’re a fan of the original game or new to the series, see how Broken Sword stacks up.
Pros: A control scheme that feels natural and well thought out., Although much is lost in the transition, the hand-drawn graphics still shine., A very deep and extensive story with interesting historical references.
Cons: A few puzzles that will stump you even after you know the answer., Loss of voice acting bogs down much of the original game’s style and humor.
Excerpt: Back in 1996 Revolution Software Ltd developed an excellent adventure game called Broken Sword. For once an adventure game that wasn't released by the gigantic Sierra or Lucas Arts, who by all means have released several awesome games. Virgin Interactive Entertainment published this gem, which ended up selling as a critically acclaimed game.