Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse Review

A robbery, a murder and the beginning of another epic adventure but much has changed in the video games industry since the first and would you believe it has been almost 20 years since the first Broken Sword? and it’s sad that point and click adventures are few and far between these days. Forget that now Broken Sword 5: the Serpent’s Curse is here! The story of the Serpent’s Curse is very well worked without reaching the heights of its predecessors this is not to say It’s not good but Just that i expected more after years of absence. The puzzles you come across on the game are still fun and interesting as ever.

Broken Sword takes place in Europe this time around and you play as American tourist George Stobbart and French journalist Nico Collard both of them are returning from the previous titles if you have played them.

George Stobbart is on the scene as an investigator for the insurance company along with his companion Nico who is currently a journalist, they are both witnesses to a massive robbery in the art gallery in Paris, the events of the robbery unfold and unfortunately that sees the murder of the gallery’s owner who was trying to stop the robbery from happening. This is where Broken Swords grand tale begins, after this you have to search the room for clues, of course you’ll need to talk with everyone in the area to gather more clues and progress in the game.

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The first thing you see in the gallery is the missing painting with the alarm that was behind it. It seems it was the only alarm that was sabotaged before the robbery and murder, to top it all off … It is thought to have been an inside job. Laine is on the floor out cold seems he had fainted or did he?. You’ll need something to bring him back around. I won’t tell you what you’ll need I’ll let you find that out for you’re self. What I will say is you’ll have lots of conversations with people but it can be a little slow starting off and the puzzles take a while to warm up in my option. …  Don’t worry  I won’t go in and talk about the story due and kill the game off with spoilers. The puzzles may be simple and sometimes hard and repetitive but that’s what this game is about puzzles and at it’s very best. None of this rushing around stuff here. Relax and take you’re time and you’ll surely be fine.

If you’re like myself and get completely stuck on these type of games doh!, there’s a hint system which goes from vague suggestions to telling you what to do…. There’s no limit on how often you can use this feature something I don’t really agree with. I mean for myself It’s great but it’s taken the challenge from the game that I really needed to get better.

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Let’s talk about the crystal rich in colour clean graphics. You don’t buy these type of games for graphics, But they look perfectly clean right from the start. You can see the famous eiffel tower in the window and everything is what you would expect from this type of game. You’re not looking for amazing 1080p 60fps stuff here. Simple and clean is the way forward and the people at Revolution know what they are doing It has that animated cartoon feel to it but in the best possible way.

As for the controllers It’s very easy to get into it. Some puzzle games can be hard at times. but I like how well the easy it is to use the point & click control something I think puzzle game have missed out on lately or not? Suppose everyone is differnt, With a clear user interface in mind that responds perfectly to the specific work of the genre: examine, using the inventory, ect

Also going onto The voices of the characters are mostly French due to the storyline being in Paris. But they sound perfectly fine and I don’t think people would want it any other way as it would take the characteristics out of the game.  It is all written out in a speech boxes what the person is saying after each character talks so you wont be able to misunderstand what the person is saying due to having it there in front of you to read.

Overall The Serpent’s Curse is a fantastic title If you’re a fan of puzzles and adventure games. The graphics reminds me of those classic hidden object games and you can buy it for just £19.99.. Gotta be worth a go right?

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