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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 Game Boy Advance Phone A Friend
Circle of Blood DOS Helping the waitress after the explosion.
Circle of Blood DOS Actually, the mysterious medieval items in this game are mostly used like that - to be able to see some hidden clue.
Circle of Blood Game Boy Advance Inside Nico's Apartment

Promo Images

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Circle of Blood Screenshot
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Circle of Blood Screenshot

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 (11)
Neither fish nor fowl Windows Unicorn Lynx (174076)
Learn about the Templars while searching for the café bomber Windows *Katakis* (38325)
A strangely ordinary adventure Windows hydra9 (3818)
One word.....BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Windows Grant McLellan (541)
Jones!? You've got some nerve... Windows MAT (149808)
The great game that might have been. Windows PCGamer77 (3001)
Shadow of the Templars is best described as a "diet coke" of the Adventure genre, only with much better aftertaste. Windows Gonchi (3664)
one fine adventure game... and it's not from lucasarts ! Windows Xa4 (268)
One of the last true adventures of the 90s Windows Depth Lord (931)

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine Windows Nov, 1996 93 out of 100 93
Adventurearchiv Windows Aug 27, 2008 93 out of 100 93
Adventure Europe DOS Apr 30, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Adventure-Treff Windows Sep 24, 2000 86 out of 100 86 Windows Mar 01, 2005 17 out of 20 85
Gamezilla DOS 1996 82 out of 100 82
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mega Fun PlayStation Oct, 1996 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Sep, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Pocket Gamer UK Game Boy Advance Oct 21, 2005 8 out of 10 80


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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.

Information also contributed by Garcia, Rola and Sciere

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