Paris in the spring. Shots ring out from a gallery… A robbery… a murder… and the beginning of another epic, original Broken Sword adventure. From multi-award winning Revolution Software comes the latest explosive episode in this classic series.
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Release Date: Dec 4, 2013

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“... immediately charming, Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse is easy to recommend based on its strong narrative, memorable characters, and artistic merit”
8/10 – Gamespot

“The best Broken Sword game since the original.”
9/10 – Games TM

“Eminently playable, cheekily characterised and delectably artistic, The Serpent’s Curse rekindles the romance of the much-loved Broken Sword series.”
4/5 – Adventure Gamers

About This Game

Paris in the spring. Shots ring out from a gallery…

A robbery… a murder… and the beginning of another epic, original Broken Sword adventure.

From multi-award winning Revolution Software comes the latest explosive episode in this classic series. Playing as intrepid American George Stobbart and sassy French journalist Nico Collard, you find yourself on the trail of a stolen painting – and a murderous conspiracy. A conspiracy whose roots lie in mysteries older than the written word...

Armed only with logic, integrity and a wry sense of humour - can George and Nico save mankind from disaster?

Can you solve the secret of the Serpent’s Curse? A curse forged by the Devil himself...

  • Includes Broken Sword 5 Episode 1 and Broken Sword 5 Episode 2
  • The latest explosive episode in the iconic Broken Sword series
  • Follow the adventure across Europe and beyond, in classic 2D hand-drawn locations
  • Immerse yourself in the rich storyline and interact with unforgettable characters
  • Experience the very best in adventure gaming: from unique puzzles and deft subterfuge to cipher solving and time-honoured detective work
  • Enjoy the award-winning scripts, and widely praised voice-acting

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
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Mr Slippy
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Terrible.
My eyes and ears are in pain. The bit where the fat american lady sings guilbert and sullivan, just to convince a GutlessP-ussy hiding in the cupboard to come out, made me puke cringe coloured vomit from all holes at once. I quite liked it when geroge drops a hammer on some poor Kunt though.
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edgesasha
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
I have physical copies of the first 4 of these games, so had to try the 5th. To be completely honest, I found it a little to easy compared to the rest, although I did love it.

If you love point and click adventure games, this series is for you. I also suggest trying the Runaway games ( i had the last one pre-ordered for a year!!)
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Muslim Archer ☾✯
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
Artwork amazing, game Amazjing, Story Amazing. Nico Amazing <3
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snugglor
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Jeez, Nico, how about YOU come up with some ideas for once?
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Mauti
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
It's really difficult to recommend this game. On one hand it's an ok adventure that has it's moments but compared to Broken Sword 1+2, and even 3 its outright boring. Uninspired set pieces, uninteresting characters and the worst you have to wait so much time that George does anything. He always has to move to someone to speak with him. I would say out of my 12 hours playtime at least 4-6 hours are just watching George moving from A - B, doing some talking and then going back. This completey destroys the timing and sense of action you had with the former titles. There are also no real story highlights.

What BS5 does reallly well is the hint system. It's starts with giving you vague clues and then reveals details after details. That's really great if you are stuck. I also like how some running gags from previous titles have been transfered to this one. It's an OK'ish game and if you have played the other BS titles you might enjoy this too. Otherwise I would everyone suggest to play number 1+2(essential), may the 3rd one too, but then you should look out for other great adventures on Steam and skip BS5.
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Majestic 12
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Beneath A Steel Sky (by the same developers) was the first point & click adventure game I played and a few years later, Broken Sword completely blew me away. The music, the atmosphere, the story, the characters, the many exotic locations - it all came together to form a near perfect experience. Since Broken Sword III, however, Revolution kind of lost their way - 3D action adventure games that were painful to control with mediocre stories and uninspired locations.

Broken Sword 5, however, was their chance to go back to what made the original so great: hand drawn 2D backgrounds, classic mouse interface, exploring Paris, etc. I was one of the first to back the game on Kickstarter because this was exactly what I had been wanting for 15 years! The question of course remains ... did they succeed? And the answer has to be ... yes and no.

As an adventure game it's great - the puzzles are interesting but never too hard (perhaps slightly too easy for a seasoned gamer though) and the story is definitely engaging. The backgrounds are beautifully painted as well and I really enjoyed exploring and revealing parts of the puzzle. The game has some solid new characters to encounter as well and many old characters make an appearance - even minor ones.

However, there are some (minor) negatives:
- some of the original voice actors are missing which is a shame. Moue and Mrs Piermont both had very recognisable voices but have sadly been replaced. I don't know the reasons why but the new voice actors aren't quite as good (or as memorable anyway).
- the music feels a little too generic to my tastes. The original had a masterful approach with the right music playing at the right time creating this amazing atmosphere. In BS5, the music is still similar in style but lacks the soul and doesn't come in at the right time either. They could have tuned this way better
- the 3D characters are no match for the well drawn 2D sprites of old. I know it's a LOT cheaper this way but the animation could have been a great deal better at least. Half the time, the animations look stilted while BS1, a 20 year old game (!!) had animations that still look fresh and fluent today.
- the locations aren't quite as interesting as those in the original Broken Sword game (which sent you all over the world).

These negatives aren't that important though - this is coming from a die-hard Broken Sword fan so it might not even bother you at all. All in all, this is a very solid game which is head and shoulders above BS3 & BS4. I'd say it's on par with BS2 (which was a little rushed and had a much smaller budget) which is not a bad thing because BS2 was still an amazing game.
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Shyhalu
( 19.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Great addition to the series, had quite a few laughs playing it.

Its not without its problems though. Some obtuse puzzles, lame humor, stiff animations, and a tad bit of sloppiness cna be found throughout the game.

The end also felt a bit rushed and anticlimatic.

Other than that, it was great to play through.
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5960xNvidiaGamer (Lee)
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
One of the best of the Broken Sword series, excellent pnc game. 9/10
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rayplaysgames
( 23.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
A gorgeous and exciting return to form for the fabled Broken Sword series. The (mostly) 2D format is yummy and it's great to be back with George and Nico again.

Here's a link to my video review of the game for JustAdventure.com:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lhHT1O48q4
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License Expired
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Buy them all the Broken Sword games here http://revolution.co.uk/games/
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
I have physical copies of the first 4 of these games, so had to try the 5th. To be completely honest, I found it a little to easy compared to the rest, although I did love it.

If you love point and click adventure games, this series is for you. I also suggest trying the Runaway games ( i had the last one pre-ordered for a year!!)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Artwork amazing, game Amazjing, Story Amazing. Nico Amazing <3
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
154 of 179 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
If you like adventure games you owe it to yourself to play .... THIS! Broken Sword 5! You do not -have- to have played the first 4 games, but you still should at least play the first 2 or 3. I know, after this 5th one - if you play it, you'll WANT to play the earlier ones, too.

Such amazing, lovingly crafted adventures! :]
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113 of 130 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
Immediately grabbed me.

The quality of the voice acting is thankfully superb, but it is the animation that has blown me away. There are lots of little details with characters body language that are truly impressive.

Based on my short time with the game so far, anyone who has played Broken Sword 1 or 2, or any other classic point and click adventure game, will feel right at home. Hearing the Revolution fanfare at the beginning was like sinking into a warm comfy bath :)
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54 of 64 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
Broken sword is back! Finally they dropped that ugly looking 3D graphics and annoying controls and got back to the roots.
The game looks amazing, beautifully drawn environments just makes you take screenshots.
From the very beginning you can feel that broken swordish atmosphere and hear the great music, nostalgia conquers you and finally you start your adventure with George and Nico.
The story is good as always and it's very broken swordish too. Religious symbols, some legend, people who want destroy the world, you know.
Game has been split into two parts. First part feels easier (at least for me), second part has some more action and good puzzles which could take some time to solve. Overall game is not very hard. Old school hardcore gamers probably wouldn't like it. But in my opinion the adventure game cannot be very hard when it has a logical solutions to the puzzles. I don't like when you need to do absolutely stupid and illogical things to solve something, so i'll better have an easier game but with logical puzzles.
Everyone who played the old Broken sword games should remember the damn goat. I remember it. It was a pain. Guess what? The goat is back! Of course people who didn't play the previous games probably will not be happy seeing all those characters from Georgie and Nico's past and will not understanding some dialogues and jokes, but don't worry, George has a new friend - Trevor. He's cute, he likes cookies and is very brave, he risk his live for George and he's a real hero.
Sorry i'm very biased towards this game series, it's my favorite. It's hard for me to say something negative about it, but i'll try. In the second part there're couple lines of subtitles missing. Ok that's enough bashing this game.
If you like adventure games i'd say this is a must have and if you liked it you should play previous games or at least 1 and 2. Yes they're old but still looking good, such games doesn't get old.
So get this game, go on adventure, save the world and eat a doner kebab.
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58 of 73 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
Dear Adventurecommunity,

After My first impressions of this Game I can say the Broken Sword Series is back. The lovely Graphics, the Voice Acting and the Story make this hole Game to a great Revolution of the Series. From the Design it is like the first two Parts of the Broken Sword Series, but with new features like an Autosave and Game Hind function.

All in all I would thank Mr. Charles Cecil and the Kickstarter Backers who make this all possible. So i hope You all will enjoy this Game and happy Investigating.

Your DickEvil

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An Euch Adventurefreunde,

nach meinen ersten Eindrücken ist es wirklich fantastisch geworden. Es sieht wunderschön aus und macht einen lebendigen Eindruck, sehr schöne deutsche Synchronisation. George wird wieder von dem gleichen Sprecher synchronisiert und auch die anderen Sprecher sind sehr gut gesprochen. Es spielt sich wie damals beim ersten und zweiten Teil. Also wieder back to the roots. Die Geschichte geht spannend voran und die Rästel sind logisch.

Es ist wieder wie damals, Nico und George in Paris, danke Charles Cecil und alle Kickstarter Backer das ihr dieses Spiel für uns Fans möglich gemacht habt.

So dann werde ich mal weiter ermitteln und die Verschwörung versuchen aufzudecken.

Viel Spaß beim spielen liebe Adventure und Rätselfreunde

Euer DickEvil
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61 of 79 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
I probably won't ever get around to writing a full-on review for the game, but I highly recommend it if you're a fan of the 2D Broken Sword games. The game is slightly more hint-through-speech-oriented than I would like in a point-and-clicker, but if you can look past that minor off-put and appreciate the game and its innards for what it is, you'll love it, for sure.

Gary

xx
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57 of 74 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
The game is various levels of awesome.

There are some moments when the lips don't move. Yet, that's the only complaint I have with the game!

A tutorial for newcomers and an autosave. That and various great options. Man, I'm loving this version <3
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
As a Broken Sword fan who loved the first two games, but found the third and fourth game forgettable, I find this installment to be nothing short of fantastic.

What's to love?
- Original voice actors,
- Beautifully designed 2D backgrounds,
- Combination mechanics that make sense, you can actually figure these puzzles out!
- Original design team who clearly have a love for this series.

If Broken Sword 1 and 2 were personal favourites of yours, you have no reason not to give this a try. The game is quite long! Just over 14 hours or so to complete, and there's depth to it all. It's heartwarmingly back to its roots, so much so to have a wondrous Paris landscape with beautifully soothing music.
If I'm not talking about the bad points, it's because I don't think there are any. Fans of the series know what a Broken Sword game is like, and apart from a mildly underwhelming ending, it's solid enough to be fun, engaging and very, very clever. Purchase, sit back, enjoy and smile.
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
The Broken Sword series is pretty much a classic. You can't say you love point & clicks and not have played them.

Ignoring the 4th game released in '06 - The Angel of Death (which was pretty much a mixed bag) and the 3rd game in '03 - The Sleeping Dragon (which was rejected by purists for its 3d graphics and keyboard controls); it was a truly long wait since the 1st game - The Shadow of the Templars and 2nd game - The Smoking Mirror, released respectively in 96 and 97.

This 5th game, returned back to its 2d roots and with current technology, boasts a really neat graphic system. We have the usual solid adventure to solve and lots of places to explore. George's nemesis - the goat made an appearance yet again and it is also part of an easter egg. Do check that out for lots of laughs. As this game was backed on kickstarter, there were some goodies for the kickstarters to find in game. Don't forget to listen to the Radio Yorkshire for the answers to some of the questions we have been dying to know - as asked by the backers.
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