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Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon (Windows)

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Description

No less than six years have gone by before the third installment in the Broken Sword series saw the light of day. The first two games (The Shadow of the Templars and The Smoking Mirror) delved into the Knights Templar and Mayan mythology. This time, George Stobbart and Nico Collard are after the Voynich Manuscript to unravel its mysteries.

The Sleeping Dragon moves away from the 2D point-and-click concept from the earlier games and features a full 3D world, with a camera that does not rotate, but uses fixed cinematic perspectives, combined with full 5.1 sound. For the Windows version the game is no longer controlled through the mouse, but now through the keyboard, for the movement of the characters as well as all the actions. The player alternately controls George or Nico. Next to typical adventure gameplay such as exploration, conversations, and searching and combining items, there are also a few action sequences. The characters can duck, sneak, hang from ledges and move crates to reach higher areas.

The locations visited throughout the game include The Congo, Paris, England, Czech Republic and Egypt.

Screenshots

Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon Windows Infiltrating Susarro's castle
Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon Windows The inventory and actions system have been revamped. Everything is controlled by a few keys.
Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon Windows Nico explores the city of Paris at night.
Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon Windows Petra chases you throughout the entire story.

Alternate Titles

  • "断剑:沉睡之龙" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Сломанный Меч 3: Спящий Дракон" -- Russian spelling
  • "Slomannyj Mech 3: Spjaschij Drakon" -- Russian title
  • "Les Chevaliers de Baphomet: Le manuscrit de Voynich" -- French title
  • "BS3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Broken Sword: Nenereru Ryuu no Densetsu" -- Japanese title
  • "Broken Sword: Il Sonno del Drago" -- Italian title
  • "Broken Sword: El sueño del dragón" -- Spanish title
  • "Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon" -- GOG.com release
  • "Broken Sword 3" -- Common title
  • "Baphomets Fluch: Der schlafende Drache" -- German title

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User Reviews

George and Nico together again -- what a great team! Jeanne (75620) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Wow, there's actually a sword in this game *Katakis* (37805) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
A partly successful attempt to breath new life into the adventure genre Cadorna (190) unrated
Amazing experience, from the beginning to the very (cool) end Mark Papadakis (30) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
An excellent job from Revolution Software to try to awake the long lost adventure game spirit!!! ggfournar (6) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
A broken sword fixes the adventure Genre Isdaron (681) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Entertainmentopia Apr 08, 2004 A- 91
UHS (Universal Hint System) Feb 03, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamers Europe Nov 26, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Adventure-Treff Nov 16, 2003 86 out of 100 86
Adventure Gamers Dec 15, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Playback Dec, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Nov, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Netjak Jan 02, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
GameCell UK 2003 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Casting

The actress who played Nico, Sarah Crook did not actually audition for the role. She was one of the supervisors of the audition, and asked Charles Cecil if she could try out for the role after a string of applicants Cecil regarded as unsuitable.

References

  • In the room of Vernon Blier, the geek, you can find some references. In his bedroom, there's a poster with the cover image of the first Broken Sword game against the wall. In the living room, there's a painting with an apple on it. If you observe it closely, Nico will say: "Another Steve Jobs original" - an obvious reference to Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple.
  • George's lucky piece of coal makes a return. In the previous game, you could pick up a 'lucky piece of coal' in the warehouse in Marseilles. It appears in this game as well, you can find it in the locked metal shack in Susarro`s Castle. Just like the previous game, it has no use at all in the game itself.
  • The picture of George in Nico's apartment is the picture that George uses to ask about the killer throughout the first Broken Sword game, Circle of Blood. If you look behind George, you can see the assassin, complete with the bright green clown pants.

Trilogy

This was planned to be the last Broken Sword game, but later Revolution decided to continue the series with Secrets of the Ark: A Broken Sword Game.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2003 – Best Console Adventure Game of the Year (PlayStation 2)
Information also contributed by Depth Lord, Kalrac and Martin Smith

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Sciere (251707) added Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon (Windows) on Nov 13, 2003
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