Broken sword – the shadow of the Templar was the first of the games in the broken sword series. It was developed by revolution software and designed by Charles Cecil. The game was first released for PC back in 1996. Later the same year a PlayStation version of the game was also put on the market. The game have since been converted to several other platforms including Game Boy Advanced and Palm OS. A directors cut update version has also been re-released for Wii, PC, Mac and Nintendo DS. The game was a critical and commercial success. The game sold more than 1 000 000 copies. The second installment in the series was released a mere year later and sold in similar numbers. The sequel was called Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror and you can read more about this game in our Broken Sword 2 article.
The game was a 2d click and play adventure game. The goal is to use the objects in the game to come up with logical solutions to the problems that the game puts forward. The game contains a number of mysteries to solve. Most have logical solutions while some other solutions are a bit more out there. The game had an original score by Barrington Pheloung.
The heroes of the game is American George Stobbart. and French Nicole Collard who teams up to solve a mystery involving the Knights Templar. The knights Templar are the bad guys in all of the broken sword games except for the second one. The game opens when a bomb set by a clown explode in Paris in front of George Stobbart. He start investigate the bombing and soon meet Nicole. Together they investigate the mystery and prevent a plan by a mad grand master of the templars from succeeding. I do not want to say too much about the story as that might deduct from the game play of those who have yet to play the game.
The director’s cut version of the game was released in 2009 (2010 for PC). The game was first released for Nintendo DS and Wii and only later during 2010 for different platforms. The director’s cut version of the game has some changes to the story and have had some elements of the game censored. As an example can be mentioned that an intro has been added and that all blood has been edited out of the director’s cut version.
Broke Sword 1 the shadow of the templars is over 14 years old being released in 1996 but is still a fun game to play that still stand well among other games being developed and released today. This was partly proved by the release and relative success of the directors cut version in 2009/2010. If you are a fan of adventure games that haven´t tried this game yet than you should definitely give it a chance. With a little luck you can find the director’s cut version in the bargain bin at your local game store or you can order it online.