Broken Sword: Director’s Cut in Review – Neo-Templars, Hashishin, Baphomet and world domination

OH MY GOD… I still can’t believe it’s true – one of the best adventure games of all time has finally arrived on the iPhone. And with more than 2-3 hours of added content! This is a dream come true! Revolution has done it again and now you can follow the adventures of the gorgeous Nico Collard and the witty George Stobbart with Jesus and Broken Sword: Director’s Cut!

Broken Sword: Director’s Cut is a port/remake of Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars aka Circle of Blood that was released on the PC back in 1996 and shook the gaming community. It is a classic third-person point-and-click adventure game, featuring the charming vacationing American, George Stobbart and the hot French reporter, Nico Collard. The two are thrown in the midst of a murder investigation that quickly turns into a world-domination conspiracy. Even if you finished the classic 3 times over and then some, you’ll want to pick the Director’s Cut version since it additionally features a storyline about Nico and her father worth an additional 2-3 hours of gameplay and character development.

Broken Sword is truly an example of the golden age of adventure games. The puzzles are logical, interesting and entertaining. At the same they are not too simple and require you to be able to put 2 and 2 together. (If you can make it a 5 – it’s always a plus.) The handy Diary will record anything of interest and if you’re stuck, I would advise to check it before whimping out and using the hints system. I would also advise to take your time when playing Broken Sword and not rushing through it with the walkthrough. The characters are very colourful and the dialogues are simply hilarious and the game rewards the curious and explorative natures with occasionally triggered tweets (you may have noticed some from me during the last few days).

The graphics are the same as in the original and still look fantastic. The quality and attention to details of the backgrounds and characters reminds me of the classic hand-drawn Disney cartoons. This feeling is immediately tripled at every cutscene. While some of them have been taken from the original, a whole new bunch has been drawn by Dave Gibbons to support the added storyline.

Broken Sword features the same interface system first tried-and-tested in Beneath the Steel Sky: Remastered. It is completely touch-based without that stupid touchpad-style cursor controls so popular in many adventure game ports. You move the finger around the screen and once you’re near a hot-spot, it is highlighted. If you move over a hotspot a number of icons with possible actions are presented above and you simply tap the one you want. The icons to access the inventory, game options and help are conveniently positioned at the corners of the screen. This is indeed a benchmark interface for the iDevice adventure games which works great.

The game allows you to manually save in several slots and also automatically saves state on exit. Unfortunately the latter doesn’t always work that well and sometimes the auto-save is a bit behind. On the other hand it is never more than a few actions behind, so it’s not too big of a deal. I felt it might have been a performance issue with 3G iPhones. The same goes for the strange situation when the game would occasionally not register when I tried to use an item on the hot-spot making me doing it twice.  And as in Beneath the Steel Sky: Remastered if you don’t have access to the network when a tweet is triggered – it is lost.

With over 12 hours of gameplay and a story featuring Neo-Templars, the Hashishin, Baphomet and even spies and Nazis Broken Sword: Director’s Cut is the definitely the new king of adventure games on the iPhone. Whether you’re a fan or a newcomer to the genre, whether you played the original 5 times through or never heard of it in your life – there is simply no way you could go wrong with Broken Sword: Director’s Cut.

With this I declare Broken Sword: Director’s Cut officially touched!

App Summary
Title: Broken Sword: Director’s CutDeveloper: Revolution
Reviewed Ver:1.0Min OS Req:3.0
Price:$6.99App Size:353 MB
  • Colourful characters and hilarious dialogues
  • Gorgeous hand-drawn graphics and animations
  • Exceptional interface
  • Excellent voiceovers
  • Over 12 hours of gameplay with an extra storyline
  • The auto-save sometimes is abit off
  • Using an item is occasionally not registered
  • The tweets are lost if there is no data connection

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