What starts out as a "run of the mill" art theft, which includes the killing of the gallery owner, spirals into something deeper involving the Gnostics, a weird painting, hidden symbols, and the best kick to the head of Gabriel Knight III's horrible cat fur moustache puzzle ever. The adventure pairs George Stobbard (American insurance man) and Nico Collard (French reporter) to unravel the mystery surrounding the theft that kicks off the game.
Even though the game starts a little slowly, even with a murder, it let me remember how to properly play point and click adventure games. This is no Walking Dead or Sierra adventure game scenario, where death is found at every corner. Broken Sword 5 takes an approach similar to the old LucasArts adventure titles where exploration is encourage and a fail state is never reached. Punishment for exploration or clicking on various items to see what will happen isn't delivered, which is fine by me because some of the puzzles are real head-scratchers. You shouldn't ever reach a point where an FAQ needs to be consulted because generally if you've reached an area during the course of the story the player likely has all the items or knowledge to overcome whatever puzzle needs to be solved.
The art style offers a certain amount of charm on it's own and it offsets the slightly stuttering way the dialogue exchanges take place.
Conversations don't feel natural except for a handful of times because each line is seemingly divorced of context, like each line was read on it's own and at different time so they could be adequately chopped up and put back in a different order. After a while the pauses (however brief) just melt into the background and becomes part of the game. Adds to the charm of it, at least for me. The actor voicing George does a great job.
|Find some wire and reconnect the horn!|
|Occasionally the game takes a dive into the ridiculous, but that makes it all the more charming.|
- Aaron Simmer
- Puzzles are just hard enough to offer a challenge
- Dives into humour occasionally
- Nothing quite beats a good point and click adventure game
- Really stilted dialogue transitions and some weird character animations are distracting
Score: 8.0 / 10