Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon
|a game by||The Adventure Company|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||7.0/10 - 2 votes|
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George Stobbart's adventuring days were finally behind him. Now a successful patent lawyer, George was headed to the Congo to file a patent that could make him rich. However, adventure seems to find its way to George anyway. Strange, violent weather and seismic events around the world put George and those around him in real peril, and his earlier dealings with sinister, secret organizations like the Neo-Templars seem to be drawing him into a new mystery. Join George, his old friend Nico Collard, and several other familiar and not-so-familiar faces as they travel the world in search of answers. Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon, is the third in a series from The Adventure Company. From the depths of the Congo to the mean streets of Paris and beyond, you control several characters in order to unveil a mystery millennia in the making.
An adventure title, Broken Sword 3 is as visually stunning as it is easy to play. The keys (no mouse is used) are very simple, ergonomically set and easy to master quickly. Scenery, ambience, and mood are all well created and enhanced by an engaging, if somewhat linear storyline. Audio was also nicely done, with mainly well used voice acting and first rate sound effects, a must for this particular style of game. The developers also avoided the 'hunt the pixel'? style so prevalent in adventure titles, using instead a proximity detection system that only allows interaction with items of substance. Puzzles and action sequences ranged from extremely simple to mildly difficult, and for the most part, made perfect sense when applied.
However, some adventure/mystery aficionados may need more than Broken Sword 3 has to offer. I found myself guessing all of the answers on the puzzles quite quickly, and for someone who's not very Myst savvy, this is saying something. The fixed camera angles used in the game could become quite confusing after a time, when moving from scenes to new areas, sometimes directions and bearings could be easily lost. And a couple of minor gameplay flaws, such as selection issues particularly late in the game make this title come up just short of Recommended Buy material.
Still, a well conceived and nuance filled title, Broken Sword 3 is marred slightly by its lack of real depth of puzzles. Recommended for newcomers in the genre as well as those looking for a visual treat.