Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars Game Boy Advance


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

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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. 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 »
  2. JarienF.
    Nov 21, 2002
    A very interesting game.
  3. KevinB.
    Oct 13, 2002
    Simply the best adventure game on the GBA.