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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.

Screenshots

Circle of Blood Game Boy Advance A Relaxing Afternoon at a Paris Cafe
Circle of Blood Windows In front of an archeological museum.
Circle of Blood DOS A statue of Baphomet, an idol allegedly worshipped by the Knights Templar, was found under this rather ordinary building.
Circle of Blood Windows Main Title (US Windows CD version of a game)

Promo Images

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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 Unicorn Lynx (181378)
Learn about the Templars while searching for the café bomber Windows Katakis | カタキス (39535)
A strangely ordinary adventure Windows xroox (3971)
One word.....BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Windows Grant McLellan (624)
Jones!? You've got some nerve... Windows MAT (165922)
The great game that might have been. Windows PCGamer77 (3237)
Shadow of the Templars is best described as a "diet coke" of the Adventure genre, only with much better aftertaste. Windows Gonchi (3712)
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

Adventure Corner DOS Mar 25, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 25, 2012 6 out of 6 100
Adventure Europe Windows Apr 30, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Dec, 1996 83 out of 100 83
PC Player (Germany) Windows Sep, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Feb, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameNOW Game Boy Advance May, 2002 B 75
Gamesmania.de DOS 1996 75 out of 100 75
Yiya Windows Aug 20, 2005 11 out of 15 73
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Mar 28, 2002 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

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.

Animation

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.

Engine

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

Extras

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

Installation

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.

Music

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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