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.
User reviews: Very Positive (755 reviews)
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”
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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...

  • 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

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
I would recommend this game to fans of the first 2 Broken Sword games. Revolution has returned to using mostly 2D graphics, and the results are beautiful. If you like traditional point-and-click games, like the ones from the 90s Lucasarts and Sierra eras, you'll feel right at home with this game. The story isn't the most engaging, but most of the puzzles are pretty logical.

If you want a more modern point-and-click puzzle adventure game, TellTale has done a better job with Tales of Monkey Island and Sam n Max.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
cant launch
Posted: September 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Fantastic game!:)
Posted: October 16
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10.0 hrs on record
a joy to watch the story unfold. puzzles and mystery.
great voicetalent and acting. lot's of cool moments.
some puzzles are difficult as hell but there is a hintbutton with a gradual hintfeature to avoid stagnating the gameflow completely..

a very good part in the broken sword series.
loved it.
Posted: September 27
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16.5 hrs on record
1st episode is brilliant, 2nd is a little bit too hard and some of the puzzles dont really make much sense. Also the ending seems a bit rushed.
If you do get this game make sure you tune into the radio in the wrecked car using the ID card, it's really funny.
Posted: October 14
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13.1 hrs on record
A worthy sequel of the previous Broken Sword games.
It's all there: the exotic locations, the secret societies, the threat of the End of Days.
Clever puzzles and only very minor-pixel hunting made for pleasant gameplay.
Would recommend to point-and-click enthusiasts.
7.5/10
Posted: October 12
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9.7 hrs on record
Another great hit with this franchise! I love Broken Sword from A to Z.
I am very glad that they brought back the point and click concept and removed the keyboard controls (found in the third game).

I like this story very much. It was unexpected and refreshing.
Posted: October 3
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7.4 hrs on record
Have been a fan of these games since the very first iteration, and while I was less than blown away by the third game, this one is a return to everything that made the first two so much fun to play. The hand-rendered backgrounds are here, Niko's weird accent/delivery, George Stobbart's wry, saucy quips, the mystery, the globetrotting, the puzzles that seem so ridiculously obscure only to prove insanely obvious once you figure them out (it helps that this time around you have the option to ask for hints if you get stuck), and the beauty of the world. Worth waiting for, and here's hoping it won't be the last we see of George & company.
Posted: October 14
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18.6 hrs on record
A welcome return to the original Broken Sword games, the Serpent's Curse looks and sounds absolutely beautiful. Highly recommended, a pleasure to play.
Posted: October 11
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32.1 hrs on record
One Of The Best Broken Sword I Ever Played....I Recommend It To Every Fan Of Broken Sword
Posted: September 28
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 18
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59 of 90 people (66%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
As a die hard fan of original Broken Sword: Shadow of Templars, I really dislike this game. However, if I'm about to be fair, it's slightly above average. Adventure games aren't that common these days, and if you've never heard about Broken Sword series, for the price, it's not that bad.

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But if you're a Broken Sword fan like me, I would either not recommend the purchase, or buy it, thinking of it as kind of spin off game that has little to do with what made original great. For me particularly, it's the writing, acting and music.

Storyline & characters

Very uninspired and lazy. Dialogues are not funny, painfully cheesy, stuff happens solely for the plot to continue further, characters are (with some exceptions) quite bland, even George (!!!) and you can spot every cliche from miles away. "Hey, this place is not safe, let me tell you all that important stuff at much safer place, and count on me not to get killed on the way there!" Original Broken Sword was playing it seriously, but was packed to the top with dry humor that was fitting perfectly. Here, it's nothing like that. Goofy, lazy, stupid and only here and there you'll catch a glimpse of something funny. A lot of old characters that have been brought back are just pointless cameos without any reason to be there, plus they've all lost their charm. (Moe is nothing like the funny goofball he used to be, now he's really just a guy. A guy without any personality.)

Voice actors are also really bland. They all play it safe, so you'll never get a really bad impression, but you'll never get an impression that they beleive stuff is happening around them. Compared to how amazing they were in first game, once again, it's just a letdown. I personally blame whoever was in charge of voice acting, because actors can only do so much on their own, if they're not told what kind of vision director has. And I don't think they're bad, just badly utilized.

Music and graphics

Music is also somewhat of a letdown to me. Broken Sword 1 had amazing and memorable orchestral soundtrack and each track was carefully selected so it really had a meaning and helped out building atmosphere. Here, it's sometimes decent, but overall I just felt like in case of Fable series, where soundtrack never got any better than the first one. Plus I'm missing those little musical cues when something was happening, again, it's here and there, but not enough. Not terrible, but not amazing.

And graphics - I'm a big sucker for traditional 2D animation, not cell shaded 3D graphics like this one has. It's awkward. But I can understand that once again, budget issues wouldn't allow for traditional animation, or perhaps Revolution thinks this look sells more. I've always adored cutscenes from original, because some of them were like something out of Don Bluth movies (and if you don't know who he is, do some research), here for obvious reasons, it isn't like that. And don't get me wrong, the game isn't ugly, but it feels phony. Also, there is almost nothing going on in background. Remember the rich and animated backgrounds in original? Compared to traditional animation, it's just cheap and once again, takes you out from the overall experience, but compared to other things, it doesn't bother me too much.

In the end, I'm happy for Revolution that they can continue doing what they love, it's better to get something than nothing and frankly, as I've sayed, it's at least an average game. I just wish it was better, and I'm still hoping that one day we'll get that Broken Sword game that will be just as awesome as the first one was.
Posted: June 13
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Many people are jaded by Kickstarters that either fail or deliver a poor product. Broken Sword 5 is proof that in the right hands, your pledge can be put to good use. This was the best Broken Sword since the original and even for an experienced adventure gamer like me, the full game took 12 hours to beat, which is long for an adventure game. They went back to the original style and while they took no risks with the storyline, sticking to fairly predictable themes, created an absolute diamond of a game. Highly recommended!
Posted: May 28
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25 of 35 people (71%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
This is easily one of my favourite Broken Sword games.
The graphics are very crisp and clean, old-style point and click like their first game.
Wonderful storyline, puzzles, and voice acting.

Really gets you thinking like MacGyver!
Posted: June 13
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 31
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Nice idea to create detective quest. But the story is awful. It is full of stereotypes: silly policemen, french waiter-revolutionary bent on revolution and philosophy. And of course the "cranberry": Evil Russian Bear who looks like Putin and befriends evil colonel Gaddafi, reads "War and Peace", has medals for his service in Chechnya, smokes cigars "Romanovs" and even has a bush trimmed as the emblem the Russian Federation. I will not surprise if he drinks vodka with his pet brown bear, plays on balalaika and wears ushanka when he runs his own nuclear reactor in cellar.
If creators collects so much stereotypes about Russia in one place they should learn Russian alphabet better. The typewriter's keyboard is very strange at least.
One more big minus: the game is too simple. You do not have to think. This game can be exciting only for 7 years old child or for mentally challenged people.
But if you want to play without thinking and Zooma already bothered then you can try this game.
Posted: August 10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
29.2 hrs on record
For years now, as a series, it’s been pulling the nails back out of the adventure genre’s coffin, even when it misfired with titles like #4. The Serpent’s Curse is a successful rolling reboot in that it has taken on so much of what made the previous titles special, but is trying not to allow itself to be anchored to the past. It’s still a story-rich brain teaser, but now it has new layer of accessibility that the hardcore faithful are able to turn off and ignore. Even though it’s the newest title, it doesn’t have all those negative modern touches that ganged up to bully the last two releases; no awkward 3D controls, no dumbing down for obvious console ports, no clumsy block puzzles and no insulting 30 second ending. It’s as strong and charming and wonderfully offbeat as any of its predecessors, a comfortable familiarity born of something both unique and sentimental. I’m a fan – can you tell?

Full review // http://www.honestgamers.com/12263/pc/broken-sword-5-the-serpents-curse/review.html
Posted: April 29
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
This is an great Point and Click Adventure, which is especially made for the Fans of the first and the second Broken Sword games, because the Graphics are really beautifully hand-drawn.
Posted: May 9
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
I was really entertained by this game and had a few chuckles, but there were times, when I was probably too tired, that I felt it was really testing my patience and dragging it's feet to much. I completed the game in little less than 15 hours and despite cutting a few lines I had heard before during trial and error, I wasn't really in a rush.

Puzzle-solving Adventure games are always a little on the edge, because developers have to come up with new puzzles and find a way to balance them and incorporate them into the natural flow. Being an Old School Adventure player I found a lot of things to be quite intuitive and straightforward, but there were also a few very complicated puzzles and some that were too hard for me.

BS5 have added a gentle Hint system, that you can access whenever you feel lost, that nudges you in the right way with each option until it completely spoils you with the last option, but there were times when I found the spoilage to be just as cryptic as the problem itself. Even with the solution at hand I know there are puzzles I would never have guessed at all. There were times when it was hard to resist using the Hint system, but I really recommend not using it too much, because it is a rather short game and relying on hints too much dulls your mind to the point where you are almost completely dependent on them.

The game looks and sounds pretty nice in the Broken Sword 2D style and the resolution is pretty high too, but there are times when the generally nice and smooth, but sometimes too flat and bland graphics worked against the puzzle solving of the game, it simply doesn't support the needed attention to detail and there were times when I really wished there had been more controls than just the mouse to move parts of the game.

The one thing this game really required of me above all else was PATIENCE! I often found myself to be quite annoyed with the slow mechanics of the game. The slow movement of the characters, the repetitious nature of problem solving like the repetition of the same walk, talk, action and 3-4 mental notes that kept popping up in boxes like bubbles in a club soda was really straining my decreasing patience a lot. Phew.

I think the price of the game at $14.99 is a actually a bit too high, $9.99 would probably be too little, but I wouldn't have had any second thoughts about the worth of the game, because even though it's really a nice game the constant challenge of my patience really detracts a lot from my joy of the game, but I had a good time and in the end game there was a nice crazy turn of events and a romantic touch, that saved the day.
Posted: May 30
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Back when the first Broken Sword game came out, I was just a kid. I remember being taken away by the cartoon-style graphics, and the mystery revolving the killer-clown and the templars. I loved that game, and I loved Broken Sword 2 as well. Then the 3D titles came, and I played them, but they never really hit the spot for me, not like the first two games did.

With Broken Sword 5 - the Serpent's Curse, I feel it's safe to say that Broken Sword is back. If you loved the first two games, you will love this one as well. The humor, the gameplay and the all-around feel of the game is very similar to the way this series started.

I never write reviews for a game, but this one had me experiencing nostalgia as well as gripping story, so I felt that I had to recommend this to other people. I miss the cartoon graphics of the old games, but this in no way effects my overall experience. 10/10 for fans of Broken Sword, and a most enjoyable game for all fans of point-and-click adventure games.
Posted: July 10
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