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Circle of Blood (DOS)

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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 In the back alley of the hotel
Circle of Blood DOS Keeping up to date about clues and findings with Nico.
Circle of Blood DOS Map of Paris, new locations will become available as the clues present themselves
Circle of Blood DOS At the costume store

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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PC Games Dec, 1996 A 100
Aventura y Cía Aug 14, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The DOS Spirit Dec 25, 2012 6 out of 6 100
GameSpot Oct 03, 1996 9.2 out of 10 92
Adventure Europe Apr 30, 2005 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) Sep, 1996 85 out of 100 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 1996 83 out of 100 83
Power Play Sep, 1996 80 out of 100 80
GameBoomers 1996 4 out of 5 80
High Score Dec, 1996 3 out of 5 60


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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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MAT (104053) added Circle of Blood (DOS) on Jun 12, 2002
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