When a mysterious and beautiful woman rushes into George Stobbart’s office, pleading for help, he cannot know that he will be inextricably drawn into terrifying conspiracy, and a desperate search for a nefarious artifact of great and terrible power. For George, it looks like the world needs saving. Again.
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Release Date: Sep 15, 2006

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“As an example of classic, back to basics point and click adventuring, there can perhaps be no finer recent example in the genre than The Angel of Death - it's a nailed-down must-buy if you're an adventure diehard... It's got excellent production values, a great script, solid cast, a delightful orchestral score and some of the most challenging puzzles seen in a videogame for ages.”
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About This Game

After reluctantly battling dragons, Mayan gods, and becoming a knight of a long lost Holy Order, unwitting hero George Stobbart determines to settle down to a life of mundane 9-5 office work. Who would have thought that a mysterious and beautiful woman would enter his life; a woman whose sudden disappearance draws him into a desperate search for a nefarious artefact of great and terrible power?

As forces of ancient worlds and past forgotten myths clash, current emotions will conflict with past regrets. Emotion, humor, and puzzling combine to draw the player into a dark world of conspiracy theories, daring adventures, and ancient societies. For George, it looks like the world needs saving. Again.

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    • OS: Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista
    • Processor: Pentium
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Any video card with 64 Mb video RAM
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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55 of 58 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2015
TL:DR Probably the worst game in the series so far, only for fans of the series.

For starters, let's fix the low framerate and the sound glitching:
  1. Go to the game's properties in the Steam client: disable the Steam overlay(1), click on "Set launch options", put
    -compat-on
    and confirm(2,3).
  2. Open
    \Steam\steamapps\common\Broken Sword 4\system\custom.ini
    in a text editor and look for this line:
    m_uiUseExtraProcessors = 0
    Change 0 to 1 and save(4);
  3. Open
    \Steam\steamapps\common\Broken Sword 4\system\compat.ini
    in a text editor and look for these lines:
    m_bDSoundLocDeferOn
    and
    m_bDSoundLocForceSoftwareOn
    Change the first line's value to 0, the second to 1 and save(5).
This should be enough to make the game more enjoyable.

Now, about the game. This fourth chapter really felt rushed. Some characters felt rushed (I can't complain about Mark and Archie though, I liked'em). THE ENDING felt like someone was really in a hurry, the "I left the stove on" kind of hurry. The story starts a bit slow, it catches up in the middle and drops like a sack of potatoes at the end.
Look at the maps: NY, Istanbul, Rome. They all have at least 4/5 location shapes each, but you'll visit only 2/3 per map. It's like some locations were scrapped because of time/budget constraints and they didn't bother to change the maps design. You can't even skip dialogues.
Controls are meh, you'll get stuck often when running. Do yourself a favour and remap the directional keys to WASD.

This game could have been better D:
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49 of 66 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
I have completed this game already so ignore my play time. Great game, interesting story. The controlls are a little bit irritating but I think they did a good job following on from number 3 and continuing broken sword in 3D. In fact I think this one is better then number 3. The game throws your straight into the action and keeps up a good thrilling pace throughout. The only frustration I have is that the mouse does not always indicate a spot you can interact with, like a lader. Also without a tutorial some people can become confused about all the actions you can perform and get stuck, for instance right clicking and selecting a certain action to be able to proceed. However, once you have got used to these small issues the game is a very rewarding experience and another great chapter in the broken sword series. The voice acting is as always top notch. I highly recommend this game.
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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
When I saw that this game received mixed reviews, I still kept my hopes high. After all, Broken Sword 3 got mixed reviews, and I enjoyed it, despite being trampled by boxes ;). Then I played it. I will say this: I'm glad I played it. I'm a Broken Sword fan; therefore, I must play the whole series. If you are a Broken Sword fan, you probably should play it. It doesn't get everything wrong, it just doesn't get enough right. I feel that Broken Sword 3 was much stronger in terms of story and graphics. Anyhow, lets get to the positives of this game before I load you with the negatives.

First of all, the characters are still great. George Stobbart is still wonderful. We have the same voice actor, and his delivery is great. We get to see some "guest star" characters from previous Broken Sword games, which I always enjoy. There are a few new characters that are amusing, and well done all around. Also (slight spoiler, but good grief she's on the cover), we have a new heroine! Her name Anna Marie and I personally wish she wasn't there because Nico Collard is the best. However, she is there, and she does a good job at keeping you guessing about character loyalties, overrall game plot, etc. I love the sountrack. There are portions that sound like the regular Broken Sword standard soundtrack (which is great), and then there are the special portions. There is a stage in the game where Nico is in Phoenix, Arizona. Yeah...more on that later. While she is there, there is a great guitar soundtrack that really enhances the atmosphere. There is a spy soundtrack in a section where George is doing a covert operation. Very cool. Also, the controls are much better. I didn't like how BS3 only used the keyboard. Here, you use both mouse and keyboard, pointing where you want to go or look at with mouse and hold control to run. So the positives are the characters, the music, and the script. Now the negatives.

First of all, the story is horrible. For me, it boarders on heresy. In each BS game, we are dealing with an ancient artifact or technology that will bring about the end of the world. This time around, the ancient artifact is The Ark of the Covenant. Now, if your mind jumped to Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark...you would be on the right track. (Spoiler!) (Spoiler!) George Stobbart is our Indiana Jones, the "good guys" are the Mafia, and the Nazis are played by...high officials in The Catholic Church. Nico Collard and Anna Marie take turns being Marion. If this plot doesn't sound absurd, I don't know what does. High officials in the Catholic Church want to use the Ark of the Covenant and capture either Anna Marie or Nico to use their body as a sacrifice and/or vessel for the Angel of Death to inhabit, so said angel can destroy all those that don't believe in the one true faith . Horrible isn't it? The game really doesn't look finished either. There are instances where you look on a large area map, and there are indentations in the map that make you think that you will go to said place once the story opens up to that area. Some of the places show up, and some don't. Seriously, the look and feel of this game is like Nico's hair: messy and unfinished. The ending is incredibly rushed and depressing. The ending sequence throws logic out the window, since all the characters you helped in the game somehow find the secret entrance and come to your aid, and it's never explained how. Apparently its easy to find the secret chambers in the Vatican. You know how you had so many places to visit in the first three games, not to mention hidden temples and stuff? Even in Broken Sword 3? Well, here you get to start in NY, go to Syria, then Phoenix, Arizona, then lastly, a small section of Rome including supposed hidden offices of The Vatican. Thats it. Four. There are no cut scenes. The game just puts widescreen bars into view, which lets you know this is a cut scene, with no change in graphics. I'm not a stickler on graphics, but they should be at least on par with the previous 3D title. This takes a step backwards. Now the character gripe. While Anna Marie is not a pointless character, Broken Sword has always been about George and Nico. Nico doesn't show up till halfway through the game. She is a side character in her own game series, which ticks me off. I'm sorry if the negatives seem to be disjointed. To sum it up: The story is ridiculous, the game looks unfinished and ends rather sadly (trust me when I say that it was not necessary).

So should you buy it? If you are a BS fan, I think you should still play it. If the storyline strikes you with the "its so bad its funny" vibe, or if you don't think it a ridiculous premice, then you should play it. The script works well within the plot. For all my complaints, I'm glad I played it. It would have annoyed me if I hadn't. Also, I got this game on sale. Knowing what I know now, I'm really glad I did. This is definitely the weakest game in the series. I hope for a better time with Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse.
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2015
This game seems to be receiving a lot of hate.

Is it well deserved? Well... yes... and no.

This is definitely the worst of all series. But it is still quite interesting and atmospheric.

The one thing, that massively lets thie game down is its puzzles. You would think, that difficult puzzles in a game, dedicated to puzzle-solving is a good thing. And you would be 100% right.

But in this game, puzzles can be hard to slove not due to their intended complexity, but due to them being illogical, due to the unclear goals that should be achieved, lack of information or downright stupidity.

Sometimes the most unobvious actions need to be completed, to progress with the story. Like showing one guy an object, which you found much earlier in the game and which has no connection whatsoever to this particular guy - not even a hint that it should be shown to anyone. And this is just one example of many - I could go on all night, but don't want to post spoilers.

Let's just say, that in previous three games, I got hopelesly stuck and needed to use walkthrough only once. That's ONCE in THREE games. In this game, I am about half way through and already had to google the solutions to quests about 5 times. And they not even difficult quests - just one tiny extra bit of information would make them fun and enjoyable to solve. But the game does not give you this info and you're getting stuck - going back and forth between locations, talking to everyone, clicking on everything and getting p****d off - because you still can't find the solution.

Also - the game feels unfinished and/or unpolished. There are random locations on the map, that you never able to unlock and travel to and random objects in the world, that are there for no reason. They don't give you info, they don't help you solve puzzles, they not even there for laughs (like some objects in previous titles) - they are just there, so your protagonist can approach... let's say - book on a table, and say in loud monotonous voice - "It's the book"... Wow - thanks, Captain Obvious! I would have never guessed, if you had not told me... So yeah - in comparison to other titles in the series, this game sucks harder, than any German actress I've ever seen.

Why do I still recommend it then? Well - because it's the Broken Sword game and I am a bit of a fan.

Also because:

- The atmosphere is still there. Alike Broken Sword 3 - it's in 3D, so world does feel a bit empty, but somehow it still manages to be quite charming.

- George, Nico and some of the old characters return, bringing back the memories.

- The usual dark/ridiculous sence of humour is still there.

- Story isn't that bad.

- Those quests that have any logic to them are still quite interesting to solve.

That about sums it up.

So... In general, the verdict is as follows:

If you are fan of the Broken Sword, then by all means get this game for your collection (wait for sale). And if you are not, you are much better off playing the first two games, becoming a fan and only then getting Broken Swords 3 and 4 (wait for big sale).

It's not bad a deal if you're following the story from the beginning and spend 2-3 bucks on this one.
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Broken sword 4, and yes like the third one we're in 3D.

The graphics are alright, nothing fancy but they get the job done.
The voice acting is ok.
It has some of the moments that honor the broken sword series but not many.
Lots of puzzles.

Now for cons....

The voice sync is poor.
The characters show very little body language which seems odd at times.
The story is lacking and so is the action to be fair.
Not much humor compared to the other games in the series. (very weird for a broken sword game)
There are parts in the game that just do not make sense...

And to be honest the game just seems really dull...I am not sure but it feels rushed? I'd have to say this is probaly the worst out of the series and if i was not a broken sword fan (which i am) i probaly would have not bought it.

5/10
For loyal broken sword fans who cant turn down one of their games no matter how boring it may be.

P.s I hear there is no link with this game and the 5th in the series so I guess you could just skip it...wouldn't be missing much XD
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Broken Sword 4 - The Angel Of Death *6/10

George Stobbart is back, but not of his will. Troubles always look for him anytime, anywhere.

George is working as Lawyer again in his own office... With lack of clients. A girl called Anna Maria will come in his office seeking for his help as she's found a manuscript that might lead to a treasure and she's being followed by some thugs. And the moment those thugs break into the office our adventure begins.

The previous chapter has kind of changed into a thrid person puzzle as the mouse was not used and a 3d engine was introduced, but this chapter reintegrate the use of mouse pointer both for movement and inventory/dialogue options. You can still move with keyboard and maybe it's more comfortable in some "platform" situations. And in those same situations mouse might not be optimized as it should because some hot zones, as ledges you might want to grab onto, are not adequately covered as they should.

Some riddles and puzzles are interesting and tough, I personally love the sections of "hacking" where you have to direct a beam from a point to another by deviating its trajectory with a determined number of elements and at the same time avoiding other elements. Other puzzles might be not so logical as it may look forcing some sessions of trial and error without any idea of what you're doing.

While some characters are well defined or just ok, many others are kind of... caricatures which after a while might result being funny... In some cases.

The engine is again 3d, and this time looks smoother and more realistic than the cartoon-style engine from the previous chapter, and, honestly, I appreciate this news.

+++PROs+++
  • MOUSE. This chapter uses a hybrid control system by reintegrating the classic mouse pointer together with the Movement commands used in Broken Sword 3. Even though I didn't hate at all the previous system, I liked the integration and I adapted without any trouble.
  • MORE MODERN COMPATIBILITY. Unlike its predecessor this chapter works fine with modern systems, so no windowed modes, no graphic settings to be forced, Steam Overlay perfectly working.
---CONs---
  • NOT SO MUCH MODERN COMPATIBILITY. I am told there are a lot of issues due to the game code which was never meant to be played on x64 environments. I've never had any problem, and I've played without any trouble at all just "out of the box". One day it suddenly showed those symptoms but I've never been able to solve them with any of the advices listed in the Steam community. A month later I solved it by updating my Nvidia drivers, and seems like that was the cause: before any issue showed up I've updated my video drivers. So be careful when you play BS4 as there may be some issues, so if you can play smoothly without any problem try not to change anything at all in your system and finish the game as soon as you can.
  • HASTY. I have had the impression that while the general story is well planned some scenes are quite approximate and vague not to mention the conclusion with a growing climax, a shocking scene. Credits. No consequences, no reactions. Very hasty and disappointing.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
Look...I'm a Broken Sword series fan!! The first 3 episodes before this one are ok, but this one is really crap. 3D and point & click its a bad combination and yet they make this combination a lot worse!!! You cant skip scenes, visual its terrible and if its already bad find some spots in 2D point & click games in this one is a pain in the a**. Dont waste your time and money on this game!!! =(
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2015
This episode of the saga follows the previous one.
Great game and the control are better in this one than in the number 3 (not perfect but better)
It's also hard to find the right interactions to do between objects... but ok, after a little bit training you understand how it works.

Concerning the puzzles in the game: it's not what I expected. Too "easy"... or maybe "deja vu". Too bad.
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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
I don't know why there aren't any reviews for this game, but don't let that fool you. If you are a Broken Sword fan, you should definitely try this one, especially if you liked BS3.

Graphics/Atmosphere: The Angel of Death continues to use the 3D perspective first established in BS3, but it looks much better. With anti-aliasing turned up, some scenes look almost photo-realistic (except for the lower quality character models). As a result, you really feel like you are in the story.

Story: Like any Broken Sword game, there are some parts that are less believable or even boring. Overall though, it was pretty good. I liked how it tied together plot elements from the previous games. The ending left a lot to be desired however.

Puzzles: Maybe I'm just impatient after playing almost nothing but Broken Sword in the past 2 weeks, but I felt like the puzzles were really hard. There were only a handful of major puzzles that I solved all by myself, for the rest I had to use a walkthrough. A couple in particular were really hard because they were logic puzzles, and after looking at a walkthrough I'm not so sure their logic makes sense.

Overall, this is another good addition to the series and is worth playing. It's long, looks really nice, and is full of surprises. So get ready to see what kind of crazy situations George and Nico find themselves in this time.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 16, 2015
Still in 3D, so the controls are a littly wonky, but it's MOUSE control! Much better than the third game, although I feel this one was stretched out quite a bit.

I found no way to skip conversations or video scenes, so replaying certain bits became tiring.

I had to follow all advice for making this game run like less butt - see the forums for help.

Still recommended.
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Trukmuch
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 10
You like the broken sword serie and wish to go further ? Nope, just ignore this game, it doesn't launch for a lot of people, and it's a real piece of garbage, game is laggy, gameplay is bad, don't waste your money like I did...
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elle_hmg
5.8 hrs
Posted: July 31
Controls are horrible. Couldn't continue because it was so boring and tedious. Too bad because all the other games in this series are amazing. Don't waste your time even if you enjoy the series skip this one.
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Moonmadness
8.9 hrs
Posted: July 30
Want endless platform/stealth/puzzle sections, RE camera angles, horribad story writing and hilariously lifeless facial expressions? You'll have it. Want a point 'n click? Hmmm... maybe next time.
Definitely stay away from this one.
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marciliocb
17.6 hrs
Posted: May 30
I'm a fan from the BS series, but the ending of BS4 for was not up to the level of the previous versions.
But that´s ok. The game was great anyways :)
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Reivn
15.6 hrs
Posted: March 2
While having played all the other BS games I was looking very much forward on playing this also. Now having completed this I can only recommend it for the hardcore fans, and only because of the story it tells about George and Nico. The story seems a bit off the line compared to the other games in the series, it is too spread out and somewhat vague with very little links to the other games in the series, the older games had very much more links to each other.

Puzzles are very difficult and almost often they make almost no sense. While the older ones were understandable and possible to solve with common sense, in this fourth one I had to rely on walkthrough guides way too often. This includes puzzles based on maps&manuscripts you have alreade lost from your inventory so you should remember little details without any clues. Very difficult when spreading the gameplay over several days or weeks. Includes also too much illogical thinking, I honestly think that you must be a genious to think through and solve all the puzzles related to the manuscript pictures.

So, only for the fans of the series, and plus sign only for the story, minus for everything else.
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VANDERSEXXX
1.0 hrs
Posted: March 2
this is the worst game in a whole series. short, boring and with awfully rushed ending.
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dalibor.fak
11.0 hrs
Posted: February 25
Must repeat what someone already said: " It doesn't get everything wrong, it just doesn't get enough right. " Although I was already dissapointed with the graphics in 3rd part, that one had a cool story behind it. This one - not really. The story is so full of stereotipes it becomes silly after a while and has worse ending than "Titanic". Anyway, I'll still recommend it but I beg of you - don't let this be the first of the series you play! Off course, all of us Broken Sword fanatics will play it and get it over with just like Star Wars fans do with Phantom Menace. Not that it is a bad game by itself, it's just a disgrace tot he series..
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6twistedbiscuits
1.1 hrs
Posted: February 23
I've only played a little less than an hour, which is in no way long enough to have played and be able to leave a proper review. I had to though. I had to stop when George Stobbard stared making constipated noises while trying to move something he couldn't.
And that is the main part of my review. The character sounds like he badly needs to go and can't.

I'm not terribly fond of it, if you can't tell. As its own game, it might be alright. I'll have to play more to know for sure, but it's not off to a bad start. As a 4th installment in the Broken Sword series, it's a bitter disappointment. It's so hard to get into it, knowing that it could and should have been something different and better.
Buy it on sale or something, where you don't spend a lot of money on it. Or better yet, if you haven't played the other games, start with this one. That way, you don't get let down by it not being like the others.
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silverfox0786
0.2 hrs
Posted: February 22
I'm a big fan of BS Series and kinda did enjoy this too. But the story did kinda throw me off guard with Nico being out of the picture kind of and Anna being the new love interest with more twists than a plate of spaghetti. Overall I did enjoy it. But it had its flaws and annoying points. The camp reverends was a little toooo camp. and Nico what can I say. She was dressed like a Hooker and ran like she been on the job far too long and experienced some really big ones from behind. And the story line was yes you guessed it. Templars.
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