February 2, 2015

Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars

Revolution Software Limited, 1996

Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars is one of the best graphic adventure games I have ever played, developed by Revolution Software, the people who developed acclaimed adventure games like Lure of the Temptress and Beneath a Steel Sky. The game cast you in the roll of George Stobbart, an American tourist visiting Paris. While sitting at a sidewalk café table and enjoying your coffee you notice a mysterious looking clown running out of the café. Moments after the clown's departure, a bomb blasts off killing Monsieur Plantard who was sitting inside the café. Since you were the only witness who saw the main culprit, you decide to investigate the incident unaware that your investigations will lead you to many mysterious locations in France as well as Europe. As you investigate, you discover the ancient intriguing mystery of the Knights Templar, which dates back to the tenth century France, and their lost treasure.

Broken Sword presents state of the art cartoon graphics, excellent music and voice acting, point-and-click interface at its best with huge inventory. The puzzles are very challenging but solving is mostly inventory-based and very often from the clues by interacting with characters. Highly recommended adventure game for all the fans of graphics adventure games and especially for those who have recently started playing adventure games.