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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 Map of Paris
Circle of Blood Game Boy Advance Examining The Inventory
Circle of Blood Game Boy Advance Travelling to another country
Circle of Blood Game Boy Advance Dealing with an obnoxious clerk

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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. Ruben van der Leun (11) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Jun, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 (GAF) Apr 27, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Deaf Gamers 2002 9 out of 10 90
64 Power / big.N / N Games Mar, 2002 86 out of 100 86
Pocket Gamer UK Oct 21, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Bordersdown 2002 8 out of 10 80 Apr 02, 2002 14 out of 20 70
GameSpot Mar 28, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Level 7 Aug 28, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Game Critics 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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Kartanym (10726) added Circle of Blood (Game Boy Advance) on Mar 21, 2002
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