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Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse is a classical point & click adventure. It abandons 3D graphics and direct control which were used in the two predecessors and returns to the style of the first two games. The only major technical differences are a higher resolution and that the characters are modelled instead of drawn. Like every Broken Sword game the plot is inspired by historical events: everything centers around the painting La Maledicció. George Stobbart and Nicole Collard witness as a masked man steals La Maledicció and kills the gallery owner. Both have their motivations to solve the crime - George works for the painting's insurer, Nico is a reporter and the police is incompetent - and so they unravel a conspiracy which is somehow connected to the Gnostic Gospels.

The game uses an intelligent mouse cursor: a right click on a hotspot results in looking at the item and a left click triggers an item-specific action. Of course this is the main ingredient of the puzzles: collecting items and using them on other items in order to solve problems. In some occasions there are also logic puzzles from a zoomed-in view on an object, e.g. connecting cables of an engine in order to repair the car's horn. Another important part of the game are conversations with the various characters, some of them known from previous instalments. During the course of the game the controlled character switches between George and Nico. A help function supports players which are stuck.

The original release only included the first half of the game and the second half was patched in later. The first half is set in Paris with two trips to London. The Vita version was released as a bundle (listed here) and also with the first episode separately (listed along the Android/iOS version).

Retail PlayStation 4 releases include an 8-page color prologue comic in place of the manual.

Screenshots

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse PlayStation 4 Character info page gets unlocked as they appear in the game
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse PlayStation 4 Introduction
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse Windows Nico tries to distract the shooter while George runs to him (Episode 2)
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse PlayStation 4 Approaching the shooter

Alternate Titles

  • "Les Chevaliers de Baphomet 5 : La Malédiction du Serpent" -- French title
  • "Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Season Pass" -- GOG title
  • "Baphomets Fluch 5: Der Sündenfall" -- German title

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User Reviews

Yeah, well ..... Windows piltdown_man (110655)
Ahhh, that old warm feeling of adventure... Windows Mastran (523)

Critic Reviews

Christ Centered Game Reviews Macintosh Jan 23, 2016 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec 06, 2013 86 out of 100 86
Nivelul2 Windows Jun 05, 2014 7.8 out of 10 78
Games Arena Windows May 12, 2014 7.5 out of 10 75
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 4 Sep 08, 2015 14 out of 20 70
TrueAchievements Xbox One Sep 01, 2015 3.5 out of 5 70
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox One Sep 08, 2015 14 out of 20 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Apr 28, 2014 7 out of 10 70
4Players.de Windows Dec 20, 2013 62 out of 100 62
Riot Pixels Windows May 13, 2014 60 out of 100 60

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Funding

The game was financed by crowdfunding. Revolution Software asked for $400,000 and received $771,560. The campaign successfully ended on September 22, 2012.

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