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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 Nico seemed to have found a long forgotten underground tunnel
Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror Windows George and Nico, together again, and on a case
Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror Windows Options
Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror Windows Above are the options

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 (945) 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* (37494) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Great, but doesn't beat the original MAT (66286) 2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars
More fluent than the first game, but equally unoriginal Oleg Roschin (164863) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Rushed sequel, fails to live up to the first game Infernos (2695) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Broken Sword 2 ETJB (397) 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

Aventura y Cía Aug 14, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Electric Games 1997 95 out of 100 95
Playback 2006 9.33 out of 10 93
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Sep, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Svenska PC Gamer Nov, 1997 85 out of 100 85
PC Jeux Aug, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Adventure Classic Gaming Dec 31, 1997 4 out of 5 80
Gamesmania 1997 75 out of 100 75
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Adventure Gamers Aug 31, 2003 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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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 (1353)