Broken Sword - The Smoking Mirror: Remastered Review
- Exciting traditional adventure gameplay.
- Minor graphical updates.
- Easy to use control and hint system.
- Universal iPhone/iPad support.
- Not as polished as the first title.
- Low difficulty level; puzzles are relatively linear in their design.
While 'The Smoking Mirror' may not feature the same level of polish and love that went in to its predecessor, it's still a great classic adventure game to curl up with.
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While classic adventure fans may not get much in the way of traditional point and click adventures for their iDevices, the few that do end up being released almost always feel like a special treat. Broken Sword has had a lasting legacy thanks to its incredible storyline and clever puzzles and now the sequel 'The Smoking Mirror' has been remastered for iOS devices.
However, don't let the name fool you; unlike the 'Director's Cut' of the first title, this release doesn't feature much in the way of new content and the graphics have been left relatively in-tact from the original. Thankfully the original game is still a beautiful and interesting title, so it's no great loss that things were left as-is, but it did dampen some of the enthusiasm of diving back in.
In this tale of mystery you'll play as George Stobbart and Nicole Collard as they track down the connection between a drug ring and ancient artifacts that people are willing to kill for. While it's a step apart from the usual plot revolving around the Templars, the story still takes a decidedly supernatural turn by the end.
Making your way through the game is made easy thanks to an object 'glow' system that highlights interactive elements as you drag your finger around the screen, however if you're ever stuck you can use the built in hint-system to guide you on your way. Also, the game features Dropbox integration, allowing you to transfer your progress between iDevices without hassle.
It's easy to feel privileged after the excellent update to the original Broken Sword title and 'The Smoking Mirror' certainly doesn't live up to its predecessor in this regard. However, adventure fans and those after a solid story-based puzzler will still love this relaunch of a classic title.
Description‘Broken Sword 2 – the Smoking Mirror: Remastered’ sees the return of George Stobbart and Nico Collard in the sequel to the App Store #1 smash hit ‘Broken Sword 1 – Shadow of the Templars: Director's Cut’, widely praised as the best adventure available for iPhone / iPad.
While investigating a ruthless drug gang, journalist Nico Collard unexpectedly comes across an ancient artifact. Little can she know that the ornately carved obsidian stone will lead her, and her adventuring companion George Stobbart, into a mysterious escapade of intrigue and deceit, in which they must overcome powerful forces and antagonists who will stop at nothing to fulfill their evil ambitions.
‘Broken Sword 2 - the Smoking Mirror: Remastered’ is a stunning update to the million-selling original. Along with an exclusive new interactive digital comic, from ‘Watchmen’ co-creator Dave Gibbons, the game boasts fully animated facial expressions, enhanced graphics throughout, high quality music as well as a context-sensitive hint system, and diary. The game also features Dropbox integration which facilitates a unique cross-platform save-game feature, enabling players to enjoy the same adventure simultaneously on multiple devices, full Game Center integration – including in-game achievements – and many other enhancements.
148Apps: 4/5 EXCELLENT
"Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror is a fantastic game... Many hours of entertaining storytelling lie ahead."
AppGamer.net: Perfect 10/10
"… easily one of my most highly recommended titles on the platform. Bravo, Revolution. Bravo!"
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