Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Nintendo Power
    The masterfully crafted and converted game will keep you haning on every point, click and step of the way. [Mar 2002, p.134]
  2. Thus, while Templar's precursor may have been merely good when it was initially released, in the face of new competition from much shallower titles, it is even better, like Citizen Kane's positive reappraisal.
  3. A gaming masterpiece, the very fact that it exists in this format is an unbelievable testament to the development team behind it. Absolutely essential for all adventure fans.
  4. The graphics and animation are consistently brilliant. There are some gorgeous environments to explore, a superbly adapted control system for GBA. [GamesMaster Magazine]
  5. 90
    The beautiful backgrounds and fluid animation of the original are all spot-on.
  6. 90
    Graphically and sonically, the game does wonders for GBA. It’s clear and beautiful to look at – even in quite dimly lit play areas.
  7. Sports amazing graphical elements, and a solid plot.
  8. What an adventure it is! If you have the patience to explore, talk, and don’t mind a slow paced game, this will probably be one of you favorite GBA games so far.
  9. If you can get over the repetition of asking people about the same things (you do get new information so it is helpful to do so), you will get right into the game and play for quite a long time.
  10. Pocket Games
    It's not exactly action-packed, but the slow pace of Broken Sword is paid for with great puzzles and a well-thought out plot. [Summer 2002, p.38]
  11. One of the few games that manages to successfully center itself entirely around its story.
  12. A retake on the original product that yields surprisingly sharp results because of the compacted nature.
  13. 75
    It's there for those who love a good story and some attractive surroundings. It's not difficult or particularly challenging, but it will absolutely hook you.
  14. This is not a game for action oriented people, but if a compelling and interesting story can entertain you, the ease of the interface, the beautiful graphics and nice music should keep you interested until you’re finished.
  15. Gamers who like their games action-oriented may find Broken Sword to be too slow, but patient folks who like a good story that continually unravels will be delighted by this game.
  16. While the game lacks the intense action of today’s adrenaline-driven games, it makes up for it by offering an engrossing story that’s sure to suck in anyone with enough patience to put up with the title’s languid pace.
  17. It’s hard not to be disappointed by the resolution and graphics, which is more a fault of the screen rather than the game.

Awards & Rankings

#32 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Apr 14, 2017
    A bit old but still holding up pretty good.

    A classical adventure point and click game in which you play as an American tourist on vacation
    A bit old but still holding up pretty good.

    A classical adventure point and click game in which you play as an American tourist on vacation in France. Just so happens that a bomb explodes inside the cafe at which you were having a coffee. Needless to say it's enough for the main character to investigate and get tangled inside the Templar story.

    So the game is a bit cheesy. Has that 90's vibe as well. But that's actually quite refreshing nowadays. And I enjoyed it quite a bit. The story is a standard Templars story - there's a conspiracy, they want something to rule the world, you're up to stop it. Simple but quite entertaining. On your adventure you'll get to visit France, Spain, Ireland and Egypt. The characters while feeling a bit cliché are still pretty interesting and the dialogs are pretty fun.

    Visually it's still very lovely looking. Hand drawn locations are varied and pretty - although in a bit smaller resolution. It still looks good. And the animations remind of older French animation films. The sound is also well done - all dialogs are spoken so no reading necessary.

    The puzzles are pretty nice - there's nothing too abstract and they do make sense for the most part. Only on few occasions you get the full map with no clue where to go next. For most part the next step is obvious. The interface used is a standard point and click - but instead of picking sentences to speak you use the icon of the topic or item you want your character to talk about. Pretty neat if you don't like reading all the possible questions you might want to ask.

    Overall this game is pretty fun - even after all these years. Interesting characters, well designed and drawn locations and most of all entertaining story makes this a must play on any point and click enthusiast list. Highly recommended.
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  2. tonyD
    Jun 6, 2009
    Great puzzle/ adventure game. There are a few bugs in the game. I 'ran' into a few bugs. I had to do the game all over again Great puzzle/ adventure game. There are a few bugs in the game. I 'ran' into a few bugs. I had to do the game all over again because i was stuck. That kinda sucked. Full Review »
  3. JarienF.
    Nov 21, 2002
    A very interesting game.