5 out of 5
Laudable settings and enjoyable riddles
Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror is an adventure game following the first puzzle-solving mystery production of the series
. The action welcomes the player in a world full of details, charm, colorful hand-drawn and beautiful sceneries, similar to those found in the predecessor. You control George Stobbart, the main character in the first game, and Nicole Collard, the French journalist that he encountered in the prequel that soon became his lover. Unfortunately, she was kidnapped, and George founds himself in a desolate environment, somewhere in Marseilles, the location he went to search for Nico. Another places you will visit are Paris, London, Quaramonte, a jungle, a Caribbean setting, and a zombie island. Interesting, especially the last part. The graphics are top-notch, in fact, they are the strongest point of this masterpiece, and also, the animations are laudable. Well, a minus can be represented by the sounds, that in my opinion could have been better. Some elements in the game and some characters should be heard, likewise. While talking to the people, you can choose the topics below the screen. The puzzles can be solved with the aid of the items from the inventory. You will enjoy the riddles, so try out Broken Sword 2!
3 out of 5
Second BS adventure, play it!
Broken Sword 2 is the second entry in the Broken Sword
series of graphic adventure games. In the series, the second game is my least favorite because some of the issues that have been adressed by gamers that I have also experienced. Around 2010, the developed released a "remastered" version of the game, which had all the issues solved and added some new elements. But for the moment, I'm only going to talk about the original. The story of the game continues six months after the events from The Shadow of the Templars. You play as George Stobbart, who goes to a professor's home along with your girlfriend to learn about the secrets of the Mayans. But as soon as you two are greeted, you are being ambushed by two Central Americans and kidnap Nico, your girlfriend, and leave you tied to a chair. This is pretty much the synopsys of the story that you get within the first few minutes of gameplay and intro cutscene. The gameplay is typical of any point-and-click game that focuses on puzzle solving. Some of the issues I have found in the game were poor audio quality, dialogues that are out of place, pixelated backgrounds and my personal worst: lack of voice acting. However, I have to give the developers credit for the great use of cartoon animation. Overall, Broken Sword 2 is not a bad game, but simply a game with issues. I wouldn't recommend this game, however, I would recommend playing the remastered version.