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George Stobbart is an American tourist spending his autumn vacation in Paris. He barely escapes a bombing of a café and decides to investigate the clues left behind by the killer. This eventually leads him to a mystery dating back to the legend of the Knights Templar.

Circle of Blood is the first part in the Broken Sword series. It is a third-person puzzle-solving point-and-click adventure game with 2D cartoon-like graphics. The player moves the character around using the mouse, examines the environment, talks to other people and collects items stored in an inventory. These items need to be used or combined with other items to solve puzzles. George gets help from Nicole Collard, a French journalist. The story is divided into eleven chapters and takes place in locations such as Paris, Ireland, Syria, and others.


Circle of Blood Windows Perfectly disguised as a doctor... with only a lack of knowledge.
Circle of Blood Windows "Don't try this at home kids! It's high, and it's dangerous."
Circle of Blood Windows "Hey!? How's my hair now?"
Circle of Blood Windows Whow, somebody take his gun!

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Alternate Titles

  • "断剑:圣殿骑士的阴影" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Сломанный Меч: Тень Тамплиеров " -- Russian spelling
  • "Slomannyj Mech: Ten' Tamplierov" -- Russian title
  • "Les Chevaliers de Baphomet" -- French title
  • "BS1" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars" -- US GBA/PSX, UK PC title
  • "Broken Sword: La leyenda de los Templarios" -- Spanish title
  • "Broken Sword: Il Segreto dei Templari" -- Italian title
  • "Baphomets Fluch" -- German title

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User Reviews

Neither fish nor fowl Unicorn Lynx (181441) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Learn about the Templars while searching for the café bomber Katakis | カタキス (42880) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A strangely ordinary adventure xroox (3957) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
One word.....BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grant McLellan (622) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Jones!? You've got some nerve... MAT (233449) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
The great game that might have been. PCGamer77 (3225) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Shadow of the Templars is best described as a "diet coke" of the Adventure genre, only with much better aftertaste. Gonchi (3709) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
one fine adventure game... and it's not from lucasarts ! Xa4 (310) unrated
One of the last true adventures of the 90s Depth Lord (1003) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Absolutely Wonderful!!! Sylven (6) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Adventure Classic Gaming Nov 24, 1997 5 out of 5 100
PC Games Dec, 1996 A 100
Adventure Lantern Mar, 2006 95 out of 100 95
Coming Soon Magazine Nov, 1996 93 out of 100 93
GameSpot Oct 03, 1996 9.2 out of 10 92
Przygodoskop Jun 13, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Just Adventure Feb 06, 2003 B+ 83
Power Play Sep, 1996 80 out of 100 80
Online Gaming Review (OGR) Jan 15, 1997 8 out of 10 80
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) Feb 08, 2004 5 out of 10 50


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1001 Video Games

Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The game's animations and artwork were done by former animators and artists from Bluth Studios, makers of The Secret of NIMH, An American Tale, The Land Before Time, and the Dragon's Lair and Space Ace interactive arcade laser games.


The Game Boy Advance version does not use the Virtual Theatre game engine.


Some versions of the game came with the Knights Templar book Savage Warrior written by Steve Jackson.


The DOS/Windows installation program instead of showing a progress bar during the copying phase runs a Breakout variant. The paddle is controlled with the mouse.


The game contains over two hours of original music from Britain’s composer Barrington Pheloung, also known for his TV theme music on Central Independent Television’s renowned Inspector Morse detective series starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately.

Information also contributed by Garcia, Rola and Sciere

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Ummagumma (79) added Circle of Blood (Windows) on Nov 30, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Kartanym (12706), Sciere (792001), Kabushi (257695), Scaryfun (17974), Grant McLellan (622) and MAT (233449)
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