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Circle of Blood (Game Boy Advance)

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Description

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 Chat With The Locals
Circle of Blood Game Boy Advance A Relaxing Afternoon at a Paris Cafe
Circle of Blood Game Boy Advance Inside Nico's Apartment
Circle of Blood Game Boy Advance Paris In The Fall

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

The Press Says

Game Over Online Jun 06, 2002 92 out of 100 92
Deaf Gamers 2002 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Mar 22, 2002 4.5 out of 5 90
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) Apr 27, 2003 9 out of 10 90
neXGam 2002 8.3 out of 10 83
Bordersdown 2002 8 out of 10 80
Pocket Gamer UK Oct 21, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Gamer 2.0 Jul 11, 2004 7.9 out of 10 79
Jeuxvideo.com Apr 02, 2002 14 out of 20 70
GameSpot Mar 28, 2002 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

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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Kartanym (10785) added Circle of Blood (Game Boy Advance) on Mar 21, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (233692), Kabushi (116227), Ummagumma (73), Scaryfun (11494), Grant McLellan (545) and MAT (66266)