Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (Episode 1)
A Crowdfunded Sequel
It’s been seven years since we last heard from George Stobbart. Following the remastered releases of the first two Broken Sword adventures, renewed interest in the beloved point-and-click franchise swiftly culminated into a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, which led to the release of The Serpent’s Curse. The first episode (of a two-part story) marks a return to the series’ 2D roots, complete with gorgeous, hand-drawn environments and cel-shaded, 3D character models, but the latter would’ve benefited from better animation.
If It Ain’t Broke
The plot, which revolved around a murder and a stolen painting, finds our intrepid lawyer-turned-insurance assessor and his on-and-offagain girlfriend Nico Collard embroiled in a conspiracy far bigger than they could have possible imagine. Make no mistake; the game still packs plenty of humor from its colorful cast of characters – both new and returning. The mouse-controlled interface remains as intuitive as ever, while the puzzles are generally clever, often time requiring out-of-the-box thinking and conversational nudging to solve.
Pure Fan Service
It wouldn’t be a proper Broken Sword adventure without Rolf Saxon bringing George’s brand of dry wit and sarcastic remarks to life. Nico, on the other hand, is once again voiced by a different actress, which is quite the shame, considering the developers actually secured Hazel Ellerby during development. Having said that, long-time fans will no doubt appreciate the numerous references to previous installments that are peppered throughout the game. Now, if only the second episode comes out sooner…