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Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
79
3.9
Windows
81
3.9
Xbox
76
4.1
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Description

No less than six years have gone by before the third installment in the Broken Sword series saw the light of day. The first two games (The Shadow of the Templars and The Smoking Mirror) delved into the Knights Templar and Mayan mythology. This time, George Stobbart and Nico Collard are after the Voynich Manuscript to unravel its mysteries.

The Sleeping Dragon moves away from the 2D point-and-click concept from the earlier games and features a full 3D world, with a camera that does not rotate, but uses fixed cinematic perspectives, combined with full 5.1 sound. For the Windows version the game is no longer controlled through the mouse, but now through the keyboard, for the movement of the characters as well as all the actions. The player alternately controls George or Nico. Next to typical adventure gameplay such as exploration, conversations, and searching and combining items, there are also a few action sequences. The characters can duck, sneak, hang from ledges and move crates to reach higher areas.

The locations visited throughout the game include The Congo, Paris, England, Czech Republic and Egypt.

Screenshots

Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon Xbox Looks like the weather in Africa isn't always sunny enough.
Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon Xbox Whenever visiting Paris, George somehow ends up beneath it, exploring the sewers.
Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon Windows The new 3D engine renders lifelike scenes, complete with lip synchronization.
Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon Windows George's plane crashes in the dark heart of Congo.

Alternate Titles

  • "断剑:沉睡之龙" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Сломанный Меч 3: Спящий Дракон" -- Russian spelling
  • "Slomannyj Mech 3: Spjaschij Drakon" -- Russian title
  • "Les Chevaliers de Baphomet: Le manuscrit de Voynich" -- French title
  • "BS3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Broken Sword: Nenereru Ryuu no Densetsu" -- Japanese title
  • "Broken Sword: Il Sonno del Drago" -- Italian title
  • "Broken Sword: El sueño del dragón" -- Spanish title
  • "Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon" -- GOG.com release
  • "Broken Sword 3" -- Common title
  • "Baphomets Fluch: Der schlafende Drache" -- German title

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User Reviews

Broken Sword, sadly a broken game too. PlayStation 2 Searly (30)
Loading... PlayStation 2 Paul Sinnett (497)
George and Nico together again -- what a great team! Windows Jeanne (75620)
Wow, there's actually a sword in this game Windows *Katakis* (37805)
A partly successful attempt to breath new life into the adventure genre Windows Cadorna (190)
Nice but failed attempt Xbox MAT (72486)
Amazing experience, from the beginning to the very (cool) end Windows Mark Papadakis (30)
An excellent job from Revolution Software to try to awake the long lost adventure game spirit!!! Windows ggfournar (6)
A broken sword fixes the adventure Genre Windows Isdaron (681)

The Press Says

GameSpy Windows Dec 18, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Adventure Lantern Windows May, 2006 85 out of 100 85
Game Captain Windows Nov 26, 2003 85 out of 100 85
GameZone Xbox Nov 26, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows May 23, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameElite.se Windows Dec 15, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Adventure Europe Windows Apr 27, 2005 78 out of 100 78
DarkZero Xbox 2003 7.7 out of 10 77
Xbox World Australia (XWA) Xbox Jun 22, 2004 70 out of 100 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Nov 18, 2003 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Casting

The actress who played Nico, Sarah Crook did not actually audition for the role. She was one of the supervisors of the audition, and asked Charles Cecil if she could try out for the role after a string of applicants Cecil regarded as unsuitable.

References

  • In the room of Vernon Blier, the geek, you can find some references. In his bedroom, there's a poster with the cover image of the first Broken Sword game against the wall. In the living room, there's a painting with an apple on it. If you observe it closely, Nico will say: "Another Steve Jobs original" - an obvious reference to Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple.
  • George's lucky piece of coal makes a return. In the previous game, you could pick up a 'lucky piece of coal' in the warehouse in Marseilles. It appears in this game as well, you can find it in the locked metal shack in Susarro`s Castle. Just like the previous game, it has no use at all in the game itself.
  • The picture of George in Nico's apartment is the picture that George uses to ask about the killer throughout the first Broken Sword game, Circle of Blood. If you look behind George, you can see the assassin, complete with the bright green clown pants.

Trilogy

This was planned to be the last Broken Sword game, but later Revolution decided to continue the series with Secrets of the Ark: A Broken Sword Game.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2003 – Best Console Adventure Game of the Year (PlayStation 2)
Information also contributed by Depth Lord, Kalrac and Martin Smith

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