While we wouldn’t describe the Broken Sword Trilogy as one of the greatest that has appeared on the PC, it is certainly very well respected and has a long history to it. Also being a British production there’s an added level of character to it, which people simply seem to fall in love with. The good news is that there’s something of price war going on over it, with the current occupying general being Tesco, undercutting both ASDA and Amazon by a pound or two respectively. If you long for an absorbing well written adventure then for less than a fiver this fits the bill perfectly.
Developed by Revolution Software - the company responsible for classic adventures such as Lure of the Temptress and Beneath a Steel Sky – its best known release is the Broken Sword series. Starting off with a classic point-and-click interface, it sets the scene by following American tourist George Stobbart and his side-kick Nico Collard as they find themselves being dragged unwittingly into a plot involving the Knights Templar. It’s classic adventure stuff, having you track down and follow clues, solving puzzles and enjoying the story as it unfolds.
It’s that absorbing story which made fans come back for more with Broken Sword II, again a point-and-click 2D adventure. It added the twist that you got to play both the main protagonists Nico and George, so you got to see a different side of story and on the whole happily built upon the original. The third part of the trilogy went 3D, as all games have done, but it didn’t spoil Broken Sword one bit. It feels more like an animated movie than a game. Sometimes this does run off the tracks, as there are some awkward action sequences and even the dreaded action-event but they’re infrequent enough not to ruin the gripping story that is the backbone to the whole series.