Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars Game Boy Advance

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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#32 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2002
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 14, 2017
    9
    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
    7
    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
    10
    A very interesting game.