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Fine but flawed continuation of a classic series
The Broken Sword series of point-and-click adventures, similar to the likes of Discworld and Monkey Island, is one of the most beloved in the genre. While this fifth entry in the franchise maintains the generally high standard, a few niggles stand in the way of it being truly great. It is split into two episodes and sees series protagonists George Stobbart, hapless American tourist, and Nicole Collard, feisty French journalist, returning to find themselves in another globe-trotting adventure which brings in elements of ancient Biblical texts to create a typically compelling narrative. Gameplay-wise, The Serpent's Curse is largely familiar territory, featuring a point-and-click interface with which to navigate through the various environments, interact with characters and solve the myriad puzzles that are on display here. One new feature requires players to connect knowledge learned in their explorations in order to reach logical conclusions and which will thus allow them to proceed. Graphically, The Serpents Curse retains the series lush environments and cartoon-style characters and retains the feel of a big budget animated movie. However, lip syncing is quite badly done, which detracts from the atmosphere somewhat, but other problems include the generally low difficulty level, with puzzles that will not test seasoned adventurers and the overly linear nature of the game. The plot remains compelling however, and is sure to keep players interested, although it may prove a touch slow for those looking for action and the cliffhanger leading in to Episode Two is less than satisfactory. However, despite these issues, this instalment in the classic series is definitely worth playing for fans and newcomers alike, as it remains true to the spirit of its predecessors and provides an undeniably entertaining adventure.
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