Bro­ken Sword 5: The Ser­pent’s Curse (Episode 1)

HWM (Malaysia) - - REVIEWS - WORDS MICHAEL LOW

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…

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