Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. Pick it up and I think you will soon be drawn into its rich plot, fun characters and puzzles, and great art and soun
  2. On the Wii, Shadow of the Templars: Director's Cut was a great game slightly marred by a few minor flaws; on the DS it's a great game that makes the best of its platform.
  3. Not quite perfect, this Broken Sword: Director’s Cut is still the best port of an adventure game on the DS to date.
  4. 88
    Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - Director's Cut for the DS is a worthwhile purchase for graphic adventure fans.
  5. When the original game is so good, can a Director’s Cut spoil the experience? We still don’t know, because Broken Sword is a very solid Director’s Cut of an awesome Graphic Adventure. Developers could have gone the extra mile to smooth some rough edges off, but even so the mission is completely accomplished.
  6. Still as delightfully charming and rewarding as it was when it was first released, the Director’s Cut of Broken Sword for the DS will not fail to amuse. If this is your first time playing the game then you will most definitely be surprised by its rich storytelling and fun puzzles. If it isn’t, you’ll be glad you played this one again.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    13 years after its first appearance, Broken Sword lost nothing of its powers – it is a fantastic adventure game with lovely characters, strong story and DS-enhanced puzzle solving. [May 2009]
  8. 80
    Broken Sword was a classic over a decade ago and remains so today, despite many pretenders to the adventure throne appearing over the years and a few games actually surpassing Revolution Software's title.
  9. The Director’s Cut is not only the return of one of the greatest exponents of "point and click adventure” but even is better than the original by a series of new puzzles, new phases of gameplay and new scenes. The music is very beautiful and sound effects play their work too, recreating a charming atmosphere. The only flaw is the little screen of the Nintendo DS that doesn’t allow us to appreciate all the graphic details.
  10. 80
    Surprisingly, the relative limitations and idiosyncrasies of Nintendo’s handheld have combined to deliver a Broken Sword experience that shines, in many ways, more so than its console counterpart.
  11. The passing of time has done little to dull this classic adventure. This DS release might just be the best version of Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars yet
  12. Superior animation, an engaging story, and clever puzzles make Broken Sword well worth investigating.
  13. Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars is a fine choice for DS, and with the added content, there’s something here for newcomers and long-time fans alike.
  14. 80
    Despite being more than ten years old, Broken Sword is an excellent mystery adventure which will delight genre fans, both those who already knew the series and also newcomers.
  15. I would much rather play an interactive novel than read one, and Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars is a huge step in making that happen.
  16. Broken Sword series shows its beginnings with a remake full of new features and, at the same time, very loyal to the original videogame. Same story, new scenes, identical gameplay and never seen puzzles take a mix in a title suitable for casual and experienced gamers.
  17. 76
    The story and characters are engaging, and the animation system makes for a unique, cartoon-like experience.
  18. Nintendo Gamer
    The cutscenes don't look so horribly grainy here either. [June 2009, p.74]
  19. This is not only a great tribute to one of the most famous adventure games of all time, but also an excellent opportunity for people who didn't play the first entry in the Broken Sword series back in the day.
  20. The story is quite engaging while never being pretentious thanks to its great sense of humor, and difficulty has been balanced so that both experienced and novice players can jump in without feeling overwhelmed.
  21. Character interaction is the great highlight, weak and wandering pace is the low point.
  22. 60
    Broken Sword is an excellent proof of concept. Yes, classic point-and-click adventures work very well on DS. It is also a funny, engaging game with a wide variety of puzzles, locations and characters. But it also spotlights the gameplay elements that adventure games of the 1990s could get wrong.

Awards & Rankings

#56 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#44 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 4, 2012
    Astonishing game!!!! The puzzles, the story, the dialogs, the scenarios, everything in the game is awesome. It makes you wanna play at once. Amazing!
  2. Mar 3, 2012
    I recently played this on the iOS, and was a big fan of the PC versions, so I had to try out every version. While it's not the developer'sI recently played this on the iOS, and was a big fan of the PC versions, so I had to try out every version. While it's not the developer's fault, there is no voice acting. But it is still incredible! Full Review »
  3. WallidK
    Mar 30, 2009
    If you liked games like Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney andProfessor Layton, you're going to become very fond of this game. My impression If you liked games like Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney andProfessor Layton, you're going to become very fond of this game. My impression was based on the GBA version, and from what I've played (I'm about 7 hours in) it's very close to the original (which I also give a 9) and is improved so much thats it feels fresh again. However, the game is starting to show its age (Just because it's fresh doesn't mean it's not old), seeing that this is a 13 year-old game. Either way, if you've never played a Broken Sword game, this is a great place to start. Also, Ir recommend the DS version over the Wii version because the voice acting is crinkly and it's very steep for such a short adventure, ESPECIALLY if you've played the original. Full Review »