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Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror (Windows)

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Written by  :  Depth Lord (943)
Written on  :  Aug 02, 2004
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

From the Templar Knights to even crazier Mayan prophecies

The Good

What first caught my attention was the first puzzle, a great beginning for an adventure game. The gameplay made a good improvement that some missed playing BS1, when you move your cursor over a hotspot the game displays the name of the object or person. You can also play with Nico too in BS2. The graphics, similar to BS1 but with some technical improvements, were a good surprise too. There are a lot of animated cut-scenes giving the game a cartoon feeling. The music is composed again by Barringhton Pheloung, something good because the music from the first installment was amazing.

The Bad

Maybe too similar to BS1 but with just some improvements. The two wheel puzzle near the end was a bit annoying as it drove you away from the climax of the situation.

The Bottom Line

This game wasn't a big success (or at least not as BS1 was) maybe because as the back cover says, it was prohibited in South America (for some reasons that you will see when you play the game), a shame, as not being able to sell a game in a huge territory as South America is a great loss, and could have gained some more benefits. Anyway a great game, with tons of well-thought puzzles and a cinematic feel on it. Another guess is that it could have been more, it looks just like an add-on to the first game...