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  • Summary: (Known as "Broken Sword" in the UK) Play as George Stobbart, an American vacationing abroad and a witness to a bombing. A mystery has erupted and George will be exposed to a world of deceit and danger. Creep closer and closer to the truth behind the bombing without getting noticed.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Beautifully illustrated, hand-painted graphics combined with an entertainingly twisted plot makes this an eye-catching adventure to savor.
  2. I thoroughly appreciated it from the opening sequence and found I didn't want to stop playing even when I was tired.
  3. The presentation of the game is spot-on and it's an interesting challenge for those hardened adventurers who prefer a who-dunnit puzzler to a comical romp in the park.
  4. This game will keep you hooked all the way up to its finale. Even after completion, you may opt to go through it a second or even third time.
  5. It's entertaining, challenging, and worth playing, but it's not a graphic adventure that will blow you away. [Jan 1997, p.234]
  6. Plays fairly well. I say 'fairly', and not brilliantly because Broken Sword seems a little too linear places. Unlike The Pandora Directive, you only have access to a few locations at one time, and once you enter a new area, such as Spain, you can't leave till you're finished there.
  7. Since it's fairly easy to find all the necessary objects, and you can safely talk to every character about almost every object, it's not much of a challenge to finish the game. There's only one storyline, one ending, and one mode of play (i.e. easy), so you're not likely to play the game through more than once.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. KieranD.
    Sep 16, 2006
    The pinnacle of the genre. Deep story line, lovingly hand drawn artwork, all the jet-setting atmosphere of the Da Vinci Code sans an underacting Tom Hanks. Video games as an art form. Flawless. Expand
  2. FremanD.
    Feb 25, 2008
    Shadow of the templars seems to flow, which is rare with an adventure game. Yet it retains that "adventure" kind of spirit. Highly recommended. The graphics may seem dated now, but I think they are artistic in their own way. Expand
  3. GaryM.
    Aug 29, 2008
    Absolutely gorgeous artwork. The music and sound effects all blend wonderfully with the scenes. The story is very interesting and the flow and pace of the game works extremely well. Sure it is a point and click, but a person should know this before going into it. If you don't like point and click games, then stay away. It isn't a pixel hunt game, all items you interact with are easily visible but you do need to investigate each scene and find out what you need to discover. I do so wish this game would come out again in 3d. It would be the first game I would probably buy before reading a review. Outstanding game experience. Expand
  4. Feb 3, 2012
    This is a classic in the Adventure gaming genre. It is one of the best adventures ever to be made, perhaps the best. Congratulations to Revolution Software, that was one of the rare companies that could compete with LucasArts/Sierra classics. #Perfection Expand