Broken Sword returns to the handheld and continues the mystery of the stolen painting called the ‘La Malediccio’. George and Nico’s adventure takes you to far flung regions across the globe and this time around comes with a Raiders of the Lost Ark-esque script. The stolen painting is allegedly meant to harbour big secrets, so you’d not expect anything less would you?
If you’ve played the first episode (it’s definitely advisable playing Episode One before starting out) then you’ll know what the game throws at you – some beautiful scenery, some cunningly hard puzzles and two endearing characters. It’s time to grab a coffee and put your feet up, as Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse Episode Two delivers a gorgeously illustrated episode. Oh and don’t worry, I won’t give away the ending – let’s just say it’s down to you (and the goat).
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse Episode Two certainly starts with a bang. Your two loveable characters find themselves under attack from the start and in turn give you the gripping and exciting beginning you’d hoped for. Cute humour and friendly banter between the small cast keeps you engaged and the story rarely loses its way. It’s soon into the story that you realise the game delivers a double edge sword; for under its beauty lie some beastly puzzles. Luckily you can use the games hint system when you get completely stumped, but even with 3 hints, some vaguer than others, executing these can still be rather problematic. Broken Sword gives you no short cuts.
There’s a hefty amount of walking back and forth from set locations, gaining information from the cast. Paying attention to dialogue and taking extra special care viewing the environment around you helps you in moving forward. The pleasant distraction from these harder puzzles is the charm and warmth Broken Sword lovingly dishes back at you. Lush, detailed, hand drawn 2D backdrops depicting the different locations you arrive at all make your journey a more intermit one. Broken Sword makes globetrotting easy to fall in love with, in a going on holiday and not wanting to return kind of way.
The point and touch system works well and linking different items from your inventory can be performed with ease. Knowing which item to link and where to put this is the different part. Maps, deciphering codes, shoots outs, secret doorways and comicical dialogue add to the excitement and all make for a thrilling, final movie ending.
Break through the challenging puzzles and Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse Episode Two is an innocent and endearing experience that oozes beauty and charm.
Lizard rating: 7.5/10