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Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse Review
Broken Sword 5 - The Serpent’s Curse Episode One is available now on Steam, GOG.com and the Humble store. Revolution Software working with BAFTA award-winning game designer Charles Cecil have returned to the Broken Sword franchise to create an engaging point and click mystery adventure title. The game was launched with the help of Kickstarter supporters and is a solid mystery game with plenty of puzzles for players to solve.
“This has been a labor of love not just for us here at Revolution but the entire Broken Sword community too,” says Charles Cecil, founder, Revolution Software. “We have been privileged to be able to make the game we’ve wanted to thanks to the generous support of our Kickstarter supporters, who really have given us the freedom to take the series to new heights. But this is only the beginning – we’ve a concluding episode due early next year which will complete the story of what I hope will be see
Broken Sword 5 lets players uncover a mysterious robbery and it’s surrounding conspiracy by clicking around environments to find clues, solve puzzles, and even interrogate potential suspects and witnesses. Set in present day Paris, players will switch between the perspectives of American insurance agent George Stobbart and French Journalist Nico Collard to unravel the mystery of a stolen painting. The missing painting launches the protagonists into a much bigger plot filled with superstitions, history and intrigue.
The gameplay is smooth allowing players enough autonomy to feel like they are solving the mystery themselves but not so open ended that you could be hunting around an environment for hours not sure what to do next. To be a good virtual detective you’ll need to be observant in this game. Looking around for evidence and NPC’s to question allows players to enjoy the lovely layout art and great voice acting work.
The game’s plot has a "Davinci Code" feel to it as you discover threads of religious conspiracy and historical context throughout the plot. While some of the main characters interrogation tactics can seem heavy handed at times, the dialogue is peppered with adult humor that keeps the game fun and light. For fans of the point and click, puzzle solving adventure genre, reminiscent of games like Myst & Riven, Broken Sword 5 is a great game that seems to live up to it’s predecessors.
The game is available in two episodes for a total of $24.99 onSteam. It's also available for PC, Mac and Linux on GOG and the Humble Store as well as for iOS, Android, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you're a fan of the Broken Sword games or even just interested in trying out a good old-fashioned point-and-click adventure game Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse is worth a look.