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Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars (PC CD)

by Sold Out Software
Windows 95
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • 60 beautifully animated characters
  • 70 breathtaking, hand drawn locations
  • Compelling gameplay for the would-be adventurer
  • Dive into an adventure of global exploration
  • Solve cryptic puzzles
  • Fight for survival

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Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars (PC CD) + Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror (PC CD)
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 95
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 3
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00005AM4I
  • Release Date: 2 Mar. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,516 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Despite the ominous-sounding title, Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars is actually a colourfully animated adventure game that casts you as an American tourist vacationing in Paris.

But don't let cartoonish graphics fool you into thinking this is kiddie fare, as the game opens with a malevolent-looking clown bombing a café where you're sitting, leaving a man dead and many questions unanswered. Fancying himself to be a better detective than the local authorities, your nosy tourist dives headfirst into mystery and intrigue, hot on the trail of the killer clown.

Broken Sword uses a basic point-and-click interface, where moving a pointer around various onscreen hot spots allows different actions to be performed.

Broken Swordis a great adventure game. Crisp graphics, smooth animation, and brilliant voice acting help further the game's quirky plot and although it doesn't have the laugh-out-loud moments of Monkey Island , this is a classic among adventure games and well worth at trying out on budget.--Lucie Field

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure game 14 Aug. 2003
This is an excellent game and is recommended to anyone who likes adventure games.
People have reported that the game is not compatible with Windows XP but it is only the installer that will not run properly. You can however get round this by running the installer in Windows 95 or 98 Compatibility mode (look it up in Windows help).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ Adventure Game 11 Jun. 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
We seem to take the phrase `Adventure Game' for granted these days. `Adventure' refers to a journey or quest, usually beyond what an average citizen in this world is likely, and lucky enough to experience.

With the whole world conquered, and only 1 in every couple of billion likely to shoot off into space, the only chance many of us have to reaching an adventure of our own is to follow the protagonists in the world of movies and computer games.

So when you open up you're newly bought `adventure game' only to find that it's a 1st person game requiring you to stalk lonely in a lowly lit mansion in the middle of nowhere, you may be disorientated as to why the game has been filed under this genre.

So what do publishers and gamers need to do to understand the true term of `adventure game'?

They play Broken Sword: The Shadow Of The Templers

George Stobbart, a young-professional American, is touring Europe. Stopping at a small café at the end of a quiet road in Paris on a beautiful sunny day, a clown enters the café, switches an old man's suitcase for an accordion that proceeds to exploding, destroying the café, killing the old man, and leaving nothing but a handful of obscure clues in its wake. As Stobbart picks himself up from the wreckage, he proclaims "the busy streets of Paris continue around me, but the explosion would change my life forever". It would be safe to say the story I was about to witness would change mine as well.

It quickly becomes apparent that the police are in no situation to be solving the case any time soon. And so Stobbart takes it upon himself to crack the case.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Adventure Game Classic 24 Mar. 2001
By A Customer
This was the first adventure game I ever played on the PC and it still remains one of my favourites. You are George Stobbart, an American on holiday in Paris, who stumbles on a deep and gripping conspiracy-based plot involving, among other things - assassins in fancy dress, medieval artifacts and manuscripts and that old stalwart of adventure games, the Knights Templar (yes, this game predates Gabriel Knight 3 by a number of years). The cartoon style graphics are good and the characters can be genuinely amusing. There is a great score courtesy of Barrington Pheloung (of Inspector Morse fame) and hours of involving gameplay. I was really enamoured of this game, not least because I managed to complete it without resorting to a walkthrough. There may be fancier games on the market now, but in my opinion this still remains one of the finest adventure games ever made. Buy it and see.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
[edit] Since this review was written it has been confirmed that you can install this using Windows 95 or 98 compatibility mode rather than needing the approach I used at the time or there has since been a patch to get around the problem for XP and later versions of Windows.

Original review:

This is a fantastic game, a gripping and involving adventure and good visuals (especially considering its age)

However, if you have Windows XP the install will not work (this is not on the box). I got around this by using a virtual machine and installing 98 into but this is rather a pain just to play a game.

Be warned but a classic adventure none the less
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Sword RULEZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 22 Jun. 2001
By A Customer
My mate let me borrow this game and I thought it was going to be rubbish. I turned it on and ammediatly noticed I had already became addicted to the game. The writers of this game deserve a good thumbs up. I think any lover of Monkey Island (like me) would love this game and I strongly reccomend it!!!!!!!!!!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Broken Sword Experience 14 Jun. 2003
By Matt
This was the first ever point and click game i played and i found it superb, to this day it is one of the best games i have ever bought.
The storyline is superb, pulling you slowly in as it gets darker and more mysterious.
Starting you in Paris you take control of an American tourist named George Stobbart, and you begin your exciting journey in search of a murderer dressed as a clown. Sounds unusual right? Just wait till it gets going!
The game will take you in and out of locations all around the world, and you wont want to stop playing it till the end.
The soundtrack, composed by Barrington Pheloung, is a deep atmospheric mood creating masterpeice, that pulls you into the locations and enviroments.
The graphics are animated by the same team who do Disneys cartoons, but this in no way dilutes the gameplay.
The game works on the same principal as games like Monkey Island, solving puzzles of varying difficulty with items and objects you have collected.
This is the first in the Broken Sword Trilogy and a must have for any adventure game lover.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Update 17 Sept. 2004
I agree with all of the above and would just like to add that Broken Sword 1 & 2 are now supported by the free ScummVM engine, that lets you play classic adventure games (mostly the LucasArts games but also some others like Broken Sword) on recent platforms including Windows XP, Linux and Mac OS X.
So don't ever hesitate buying games like this one ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Nice to see this old classic out and about again. It has one of the best plots in the the gaming world and a real sense of humour thrown in for good measure.
Published 8 months ago by MH
5.0 out of 5 stars ''Paris in the fall...''
This is my favourite game of all time. I fell in love with Broken Sword when I was young, watching my older brother play it and couldn't wait to play it myself and I've been a huge... Read more
Published on 17 May 2011 by El Stevo
1.0 out of 5 stars oh please
I really searched through all the games that would play on our old hardware and this seemed to have brilliant reviews, so I bought it for myself and my 14 year old daughter. Read more
Published on 23 Jan. 2011 by Edgar A. Poe
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of art
This great game features beautiful artwork, clever sarcastic humor and the templar/assassin conspiracy story, popularized by Assassin's Creed. Read more
Published on 22 April 2010 by S. Pul
5.0 out of 5 stars supreme!! the daddy of all adventure games =D
In this game you start off in paris as a tourist,suddenly without warning you are involved in a sinister plot where you must figure out what to do next in every section. Read more
Published on 20 April 2007 by cmore butts
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!
This is by far the best adventure game I've ever played. It's funny, has an excellant story line which keeps you interested untill the very end and the inventory based puzzles are... Read more
Published on 18 Dec. 2006 by Amatheya
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect
This game has everything, doesn't drag on, excellent graphics (doesnt try to be all 3D and up2date). Read more
Published on 17 Nov. 2005 by N. P. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
If you love adventure/ point and click games this is a 'must have' one for your collection. With a gripping plot, intersting characters, well thought out puzzles and with some... Read more
Published on 5 Aug. 2005 by Ellie
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
The second best game ever, after half-life. After being introduced this by one of my friends i was ingrosed for hours, begining my liking of click and point games. Read more
Published on 3 Nov. 2004 by Christopher C. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Sword
What can I say about this game that hasn't already been said. This is one of the best Point and Click games I have ever played the locations you go to the music they all set up a... Read more
Published on 16 Oct. 2004 by James Doughty
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