Broken Sword: Director's Cut Review
- Great looking visual presentation.
- Excellent touch screen controls.
- Challenging puzzle gameplay.
- Using the hint menu can make things a bit too easy.
- Players have to manually save progress as the auto-save function isn’t the greatest.
This classic murder mystery adventure has undergone a facelift in visuals, sound, and interface while keeping the excellent story and gameplay intact.
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With the iPhone’s embrace of the classic point and click adventure genre, more and more ports of old franchises have come into development. The latest addition to the iTunes store is Broken Sword: Directors Cut, originally released on PC in 1996. You take control of French Journalist, Nico and American Tourist, George as they must unravel and uncover a long trail of deception, murder and mystery.
While some point and click adventure games have had some minor control faults on the iPhone platform, Broken Sword has effectively fixed these issues. By holding your finger on the screen, all interactive objects are highlighted and can be approached by tapping on them. The point and click mechanics work great and make the game itself very easy to play.
Visually the game looks amazing, and has been revamped with fluid cut scenes and animations. The sound is also terrific, boasting new voice over work along with atmospheric music and sounds effects. The game remains to be a single player only experience, as you progress through the main story mode.
For fans of the original or of the point and click adventure genre itself, Broken Sword: Directors cut is a must own game. The gameplay is challenging, the presentation looks fantastic and most importantly, the iPhone’s touch screen controls actually work! All in all, Broken Sword is the total single player package and well worth a look at, even if you’re new to the genre.
DescriptionParis in the Fall… a brutal murder at the Palais Royale. When Nico Collard is invited to interview statesman Pierre Carchon, she finds herself inextricably drawn into a terrifying conspiracy.
One of the all-time classic adventures, multi BAFTA-nominated 'Broken Sword: Director’s Cut' pitches sassy journalist Nico Collard, and intrepid American George Stobbart into a mysterious journey of intrigue and jeopardy. Guide George and Nico on their globe-spanning adventure, exploring exotic locations, solving ancient mysteries, and thwarting a dark conspiracy to reveal the secret truths of the Knights Templar.
Featuring a widely-praised touch interface, 'Broken Sword: The Director’s Cut' introduces an intricate new narrative thread, alongside the classic story that has charmed millions of players. It’s time to experience George and Nico’s worldwide adventure in a whole new way, with brand new puzzles, hilarious new jokes, and the distinctive, rich story that made the series so deservedly renowned. This is adventure gaming at its very best.
“…this is a must-play game: a latter day blockbuster in a director’s cut form”. The Independent online (5/5)
“An extraordinary example of how to properly remake a classic”. Pocket Gamer (9/10)
“Broken Sword's creative touch interface works like a charm on the iPhone screen”. Touch Arcade
Broken Sword: Shadow Of The Templars has always been a stellar example of video games' potential as a storytelling medium; now it also serves as a masterclass in porting to a handheld platform. With its glistening presentation, adroit controls and additional content, this is arguably one of the finest titles to appear on the App Store to date. Reforging the Sword on the iPhone was a stroke of genius.
Full English speech, with the option for subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian.