George Stobbart and Nico Collard are back.
After a successful KickStarter campaign by Revolution Software, we finally have a new Broken Sword game to play. Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent’s Curse: Episode 1 is available on a variety of mobile platforms, ensuring that fans of the original titles can grab this latest adventure. But does it have anything else for the fans?
Well, for the fans this latest Broken Sword title actually has quite a lot. It is just the newcomers to the series that may come away feeling a little disappointed.
The Broken Sword series of point and click adventure games has quite the following, and it seems that it is for these fans that Broken Sword 5 has been made. Players will rejoice in the return of George and Nico, even though different actors have been used for their voices, and cameos by characters from previous titles. There are in-jokes and references that will raise a smile on any fans face.
However, for those who are new to the adventures of George and Nico, and given the mobile platforms that this game is available on there will be quite a few, they may be left wondering what all of the fuss was about.
This first episode of Broken Sword 5 just doesn’t seem to have the epic, world changing adventure that can be found in previous titles. In fact, this time around the mystery revolves around insurance fraud and a murder. Not exactly worthy of our heroes.
Broken Sword 5 has a tendency to plod along at a really slow pace. It begins with hefty amounts of dialogue and, although there are times when the pace picks up, feels as though it drags the story along, kicking and screaming. The imminent Episode 2 will no doubt get things moving, especially if the quite sudden ending of this episode is anything to go by, but that doesn’t help any non-fan who has to work through the roughly eight hours of episode 1.
The puzzles in Broken Sword 5 are fairly typical to the genre. Players will find themselves talking to other characters until the desired response is triggered, or finding everything of interest in a given area and combining it in unique ways to progress. While most of the puzzles are simply a matter of persistence and trial and error, some of them can be a little tricky to solve. It is here that the games’ hint system shines, offering players more and more obvious hints until they solve the puzzle.
Visually, the game really does shine. The game has made the jump to modern systems, and it looks like it. The environments are gloriously detailed, although the relative variety of the settings feels muted after the original games. It also plays very well on the touchscreen devices.
All in all, Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent’s Curse: Episode 1 is a point and click adventure built around fan-service. Any player who has been looking forward to this release will get not only a strong sense of nostalgia, but also plenty of nods towards the previous games. But take away the nostalgia and the player is left with a relatively slow point and click adventure that, whilst beautiful and entertaining, just doesn’t live up to earlier entries in the Broken Sword series.