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George Stobbart is an American tourist spending his autumn vacation in Paris. He barely escapes a bombing of a café and decides to investigate the clues left behind by the killer. This eventually leads him to a mystery dating back to the legend of the Knights Templar.

Circle of Blood is the first part in the Broken Sword series. It is a third-person puzzle-solving point-and-click adventure game with 2D cartoon-like graphics. The player moves the character around using the mouse, examines the environment, talks to other people and collects items stored in an inventory. These items need to be used or combined with other items to solve puzzles. George gets help from Nicole Collard, a French journalist. The story is divided into eleven chapters and takes place in locations such as Paris, Ireland, Syria, and others.


Circle of Blood DOS At the hotel lobby
Circle of Blood DOS Mountfacon, once a place of executions and now a charming little area with typically Parisian cafes...
Circle of Blood DOS The mausoleum in the garden of Countess de Vasconcellos
Circle of Blood Game Boy Advance Explore the Dark Underbelly of the City of Lights

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Alternate Titles

  • "断剑:圣殿骑士的阴影" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Сломанный Меч: Тень Тамплиеров " -- Russian spelling
  • "Slomannyj Mech: Ten' Tamplierov" -- Russian title
  • "Les Chevaliers de Baphomet" -- French title
  • "BS1" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars" -- US GBA/PSX, UK PC title
  • "Broken Sword: La leyenda de los Templarios" -- Spanish title
  • "Broken Sword: Il Segreto dei Templari" -- Italian title
  • "Baphomets Fluch" -- German title

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User Reviews

An extremely well-executed adventure for the Game Boy Advance. Game Boy Advance Ruben van der Leun (14)
Neither fish nor fowl Windows Oleg Roschin (181560)
Learn about the Templars while searching for the café bomber Windows Katakis | カタキス (39505)
A strangely ordinary adventure Windows xroox (3970)
One word.....BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Windows Grant McLellan (623)
Jones!? You've got some nerve... Windows MAT (184526)
The great game that might have been. Windows PCGamer77 (3234)
Shadow of the Templars is best described as a "diet coke" of the Adventure genre, only with much better aftertaste. Windows Gonchi (3709)
one fine adventure game... and it's not from lucasarts ! Windows Xa4 (311)
One of the last true adventures of the 90s Windows Depth Lord (1003)

Critic Reviews PlayStation Jun 12, 2006 10 out of 10 100
Game Over Online Game Boy Advance Jun 06, 2002 92 out of 100 92
Pelit Windows Aug, 1996 91 out of 100 91
NowGamer PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 8.4 out of 10 84
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Dec 02, 1996 83 out of 100 83
Gamezilla DOS 1996 82 out of 100 82
Mega Fun PlayStation Oct, 1996 80 out of 100 80 Windows May 25, 2010 16 out of 20 80
Yiya Windows Aug 20, 2005 11 out of 15 73
Game Critics Game Boy Advance Nov, 2002 7 out of 10 70


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1001 Video Games

Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The game's animations and artwork were done by former animators and artists from Bluth Studios, makers of The Secret of NIMH, An American Tale, The Land Before Time, and the Dragon's Lair and Space Ace interactive arcade laser games.


The Game Boy Advance version does not use the Virtual Theatre game engine.


Some versions of the game came with the Knights Templar book Savage Warrior written by Steve Jackson.


The DOS/Windows installation program instead of showing a progress bar during the copying phase runs a Breakout variant. The paddle is controlled with the mouse.


The game contains over two hours of original music from Britain’s composer Barrington Pheloung, also known for his TV theme music on Central Independent Television’s renowned Inspector Morse detective series starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately.

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