Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror
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Description official descriptions
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.
- Сломанный Меч 2: Дымящееся Зеркало - Russian spelling
- 断剑2 - Chinese spelling
Credits (Windows version)
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Average score: 80% (based on 48 ratings)
Average score: 4.0 out of 5 (based on 172 ratings with 7 reviews)
The story was on the quirky side, but the characters, the dialogue between them, and the way the voice actors brought it all to life was simply a joy. At first glance the graphics looked like something that wound up on Hanna-Barbara's cutting room floor, but once into the game they animated with a nice frame rate that settled all fears. Also, the difficulty level was low, making this perfect for beginners or people mainly interested in the story. The puzzles were pretty well integrated into the game, with none of the noticable "adventure game syndrome" coming to the surface. Another glowing point that deserves praise is the execution of the plot. There were a lot of things going on here, but so many of them were subtle. Farces on pop culture lay everywhere, but never does the script beat them over our heads. They're just there to pick up on in passing. So too is a lot of the game's adult content. Instead of coming right out and screaming in the user's face that this is a no-holds-barred gorefest or language-spree, instead it is once again shuffled into the deck and produced as the plot requires.
Well, the game was easy. I know I listed this as a good point, but it can also be bad. Sure, you can sit back, look at the big picture, and figure out the solution, but veteran gamers will not be challanged at all here.
The Bottom Line
Quick-witted and fun as a piece of entertainment, this is something to enjoy if you're here for the story and dialogue. Mensa members seeking to challenge themselves should move on.
Windows · by Vance (94) · 2000
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.
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...
Windows · by Depth Lord (934) · 2004
It starts interesting, it puts you on fire, and ties you to a chair. And as much as it sounds I'm referring to a player, this is just about what happens to George as the game starts. George... player... George... player... what's the difference, right? Well for one thing, George rushes too blindly into anything that starts with 'dangerous', not much different from Indy, actually. The story takes on after the original as it is clear that George and Nico aren't such strangers anymore (and if they were ever any less, alas, we don't get to see that like in GK3). The graphics is as beautiful as ever, and the game comes with plenty hand-drawn 2D cinematics just as its predecessor. Furthermore, there's an ability to "enhance" how the graphics look, even though I'm not entirely sure what was that about, it's probably something no other game tried before (and never will).
This game as well will take George and Nico across the globe in search for whatever they'll be searching to uncover this time, and dialogues and puzzles will keep you amused, and if they don't, the scenery should, because it's really one of the finest (and alas, among the latest rare few) 3rd-person point-and-click 2D graphic adventures. This time soundtrack is 'better' and it doesn't consist of only short clips, and credits even have a song with lyrics. Only one year pause, and it seems as they did invest a lot of sweat into creating this game, which ultimately turned into a fine product.
And by now, it was nothing new, but still great to see, you could control Nico as well as George.
The story doesn't seem as interesting as the original, and becomes really dull at some points. Going into supernatural stuff just doesn't fit characters like George Stobbart or Indiana Jones, it's more for those like Gabriel Knight. Also, cover art doesn't seem much creative, at least US one I got, box front cover, and jewel case front, inlay and back have the same picture on it. Since they lost "ink" on printing the picture at all, what difference would it be if they actually added some more creation to the cover art, if for the players who bought their games.
The Bottom Line
Graphically reaches the first place in the trilogy, story cuts it down to last, and any other characteristic makes it equal with the trilogy. George is back, that is reason enough to buy this game, he's a character we players like, and good adventure game characters can be counted on one hand. This is a good game, and good adventure game that should not be left out if you played either from the series, it's part of a bigger picture, and I can say I would really like if they continued making game like this every 1-2 years than what I waited for 6 years and got BS3.
Windows · by MAT (240069) · 2012
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- 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.
- When the dog falls into the water in Marseilles, a melody from the known nursery song "Oh where, oh where is my little dog gone?" is heard.
- PC Player (Germany)
- Issue 01/1998 - Best Adventure in 1997
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Broken Sword 2 on Windows XP
As Inferno explains, Smoking Mirror can be played on Windows XP systems.
Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror - FAQs & Guides
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Hints for Broken Sword 2
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Full solution on the developer's web site.
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Walkthrough by Malcolm Schmidt
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Game added March 25, 2000. Last modified January 28, 2024.