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#88877 - 10/29/05 02:30 PM Broken Sword:Sleeping Dragon
bigmamma1 Offline
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Registered: 04/26/02
Posts: 842
Loc: florida
Having never played a Broken Sword game, Decided to give this one a try. Glad I did-well worth the journey, in spite of some minor irritations.I will for sure play BS Smoking Mirror, which has been languishing on the shelf way too long wink

That being said-I thoroughly enjoyed the delightful romp with George and Nico through a fascinating and often hair raising adventure. You get to help them solve a mystery and prevent some very evil and nefarious baddies from using an ancient powerful force to destroy the world(of course!)

The game begins with George on a terrifying flight thru a storm with an Aussie bush pilot named Harry. Seconds later you see George fastened in his seat in the plane which is hanging over a bottomless chasm. Somehow you've got to get him out. Harry is now passed out in his seat.How can he help?

And here is where you are introduced to the game's quirky controls: Little stars light up hot spots. At bottom right of screen is your action panel-gears for action, eye for look, ect. The game is keyboard controlled-WSA&D for actions and arrow keys for walk/run. You will soon find out how difficult it is to move George in the direction you want, but with some practice he'll get there. I'm wondering at this point how He'll fare when running for dear life away from armed guards and other enemies. ( answer: not well.) he will die numerous times when my nervous fingers press the forward arrow and he goes sideways instead and runs into a wall! (bang-you're dead!)Well, you get the picture. But never mind, this game is very forgiving, always bringing you back to try again-and again.

The characters you'll meet are well crafted, colorful, and often humerous. The dialogue is priceless, especially the great French accents in the Paris scenes. Example-the hilarious conversation George has with the restroom attendant-where he accuses her of keeping a filthy "Pissoir" and on and on.

The graphics are well defined, sharp, and colorful.Especially wonderful is the music, which always accents whatever is happening in the game.Heart-thumping and intense during getaway scenes. Locations are interesting and varied-Paris, Glastonbury, England, The Congo, Prague, and Egypt. City streets, an old theater, a castle, underground tunnels, ancient temples and mysterious machinery. Freedom of movement gives the feeling of an action game to the easier, less intenseness of the point and click adventure.A nice feature is-you can't fall off high places accidentally and get killed.

The puzzles are well integrated and serve to move the game along. Most are fairly logical and can be figured out even if you're not a math wizard. There are some action sequences where you have to get around armed guards and some where things happened so fast, I failed to notice the action panel light up to make George or Nicco pick up or do something to disarm a baddie, but, as mentioned, the game is very forgiving and quickly another chance comes up.However, I must mention here the other minor annoyance of the game: the crate-moving puzzles, of which there are many-way too many. You're progressing along nicely and-Oh No! not more crates! thumbsup

In spite of these minor glitches, I found the game thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining. I give it a well deserved thumbsup
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#88878 - 10/29/05 06:46 PM Re: Broken Sword:Sleeping Dragon
Becky Offline
The Medieval Lady
Sonic Boomer

Registered: 02/16/00
Posts: 26894
Loc: Stony Brook, New York, USA
Thanks bigmamma1! A very enjoyable review of a fun game.

I agree with virtually everything you said here -- from the difficulty of the controls to the pure pleasure of the graphics and dialogs to the overdone crate puzzles.

My favorite part was the first visit to Glastonbury. Just about laughed myself sick.

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#88879 - 10/29/05 08:43 PM Re: Broken Sword:Sleeping Dragon
looney4labs Online   content
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Sonic Boomer

Registered: 04/05/04
Posts: 42527
Loc: Alabama
Bigmamma, I haven't played this one yet--it is on my list--but you made it sound very inviting--well, except for the crates wink thanks
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#88880 - 04/21/06 02:47 AM Re: Broken Sword:Sleeping Dragon
godiseverywhere Offline
Junior Boomer

Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 10
Loc: Iran
Hi there,
The first time i played the broken sword was when it was releasd for the PS and I must admit that it was set in my mind ever since,the characters the storyline and you name it.I was so glad to hear that the PC version of the BS2 was published at that time and I hit it too.I wonder if the first part was also published for the PC? I have no idea.
Any way your comment about the game was great and I too suggest playing this game to all who like this type of game.
ThanX

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#88881 - 04/21/06 04:31 AM Re: Broken Sword:Sleeping Dragon
Jude Offline
Addicted Boomer

Registered: 07/01/00
Posts: 1082
Loc: E Sussex UK
I played BS Sleeping Dragon not so long ago and it reawakened my interst in adventures. I found the game very playable in that you are constantly rewarded for your endeavours. One of the parts that I loved was that it was the niece of the mad old aristocrat who had taken a liking to George in Paris who tried to seduce him in Glastonbury.
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#88882 - 04/21/06 08:44 AM Re: Broken Sword:Sleeping Dragon
Becky Offline
The Medieval Lady
Sonic Boomer

Registered: 02/16/00
Posts: 26894
Loc: Stony Brook, New York, USA
Godiseverywhere -- Hello, it's good to see you back!

Yes, the original Broken Sword was published for the PC. It was published in North America as Circle of Blood, and in the UK as Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars.

You can read GameBoomers reviews of the first game here:

Circle of Blood/Shadow of the Templars (Broken Sword 1)
---- by Becky
---- by lasanidine
---- by Witchen


Jude -- that was my favorite part of the game too. Well, one of my favorites. smile

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