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4 out of 5
Great sequel to a classic original
Point-and-click adventures don't come much better than the Broken Sword games, thanks to their combination of colourful characters, labyrinthine plots and cunning puzzles. This first sequel to the original Broken Sword
once again sees hapless tourist George Stobbart and feisty journalist Nicole Collard caught up in a bizarre adventure that would make Dan Brown jealous and which this time involves a globe-trotting quest with dark Aztec gods at its heart. To say much more of the plot would be to spoil one of the game's major attractions, but suffice to say, it is filled with twists, exotic locations, memorable characters and even a lashing of humour, and which combine to create a narrative which is rarely less than compelling. Gameplay is fairly standard point-and-click fare, with the player simply required to use the mouse to explore, interact with other characters and make use of items to solve puzzles and which makes the game highly accessible and a breeze to play. Visually, Broken Sword 2 retains the lush visual splendour of its predecessor, with beautifully designed environments that are reminiscent of an animated movie and which are a joy to explore. The sound is similarly impressive, with great voice actors who really nail their characters and which again add even more personality to the game, while music is haunting and atmospheric. The puzzles are decent enough, challenging but without being overly frustrating and while the game doesn't really do anything different from its predecessor, it makes for a great experience thanks to the sheer amount of attention that has gone into its creation. If you like games such as Monkey Island
, then this is another one to add to your list.
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!