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Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror (Windows)

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Description

Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror is the sequel to Circle of Blood and the second game in the Broken Sword series.

The player alternately controls George Stobbart, the protagonist of the first game, and Nicole Collard, the French journalist he met in the first game and who has since become his girlfriend. The game starts with George witnessing the kidnapping of Nicole. This event eventually leads to an investigation into a conspiracy revolving around a forthcoming solar eclipse and the evil Aztec god Tezcatlipoca. The locations visited throughout the game include Paris, Marseilles, London, Quaramonte, the jungle, a Caribbean environment, and a zombie island. Certain locations from the previous game make a return.

The game is entirely in 2D and gameplay is in typical point-and-click fashion. The player moves the character around using the mouse, examines the environment, talks to other people, and collect items stored in an inventory. These items need to be used or combined with other items to solve puzzles.

Screenshots

Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror Windows No matter the country he's in, George has a soft spot for visiting prisons
Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror Windows Nico seems to have been poisoned, guess you'll have to find an antidote somehow
Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror Windows George versus wild boar... my money's on wild boar
Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror Windows Objects' names are highlighted

Alternate Titles

  • "Сломанный Меч 2: Дымящееся Зеркало " -- Russian spelling
  • "Slomannyj Mech 2: Dymjascheesja Zerkalo" -- Russian title
  • "Les Chevaliers de Baphomet II: Les Boucliers de Quetzalcoatl" -- French title
  • "Circle of Blood II" -- Working title
  • "BS2" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror" -- European title
  • "Broken Sword II: Las Fuerzas del Mal" -- Spanish title
  • "Broken Sword II: La Profezia dei Maya" -- Italian title
  • "Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror" -- GOG.com release title
  • "Baphomets Fluch II: Die Spiegel der Finsternis" -- German title

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User Reviews

From the Templar Knights to even crazier Mayan prophecies Depth Lord (943) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
A little on the simple side, but with a brilliant script. Vance (98) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
The second game is twice as good as the first one. *Katakis* (37809) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Great, but doesn't beat the original MAT (72386) 2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars
Rushed sequel, fails to live up to the first game Infernos (6252) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Broken Sword 2 ETJB (447) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
More of the same as the first game, but better Grant McLellan (545) unrated

The Press Says

Adventurespiele Jun 07, 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Adventure Corner Mar 25, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Aventura y Cía Aug 14, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Playback 2006 9.33 out of 10 93
Adventure-Treff Nov 22, 2003 86 out of 100 86
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 1997 84 out of 100 84
GameZebo May 15, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Quandary Oct, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Nov 25, 1997 7.9 out of 10 79
Just Adventure Sep, 1999 C 50

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Trivia

References

  • An easter egg in the subway station references Beneath a Steel Sky, an earlier game by the same developers. More information can be found in the tips & tricks section
  • If you watch carefully during the intro in Professor Oubier's house you can see a portrait of what looks like the Spanish villa from Circle of Blood.

Awards

  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1998 - Best Adventure in 1997

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Shane k (127) added Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror (Windows) on Mar 25, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Adam Baratz (1352)