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Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars review (GBA)
2 days ago
Excerpt: Introduction I am a huge fan of point-and-click adventures. Some might even say that I appreciate them more than any other genre, because I grew up with games like Sam and Max Full throttle and the King's Quest series. Having never played the original Broken Sword or its sequel for PSX, I was very excited when I heard that it would be coming to GBA. For me, this was as if a brand new point-and-click adventure was being released right into my pocket.
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.