‘Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror – Remastered’ is a stunning update to the multi million-selling original. While investigating a ruthless drug gang, journalist Nico Collard unexpectedly comes across an ancient artifact.
User reviews: Very Positive (156 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 2, 2009

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Includes 3 items: Broken Sword: Director's Cut, Broken Sword 2 - the Smoking Mirror: Remastered, Broken Sword 3 - the Sleeping Dragon

 

Reviews

7.9/10 – Gamespot

“This is a sequel that has it all: laughs, danger, drama, romance… and a lucky lump of coal.”
9.5/10 – Alternative Magazine Online

About This Game

‘Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror – Remastered’ is a stunning update to the multi million-selling original. While investigating a ruthless drug gang, journalist Nico Collard unexpectedly comes across an ancient artifact. Little can she know that the ornately carved obsidian stone will lead her, and her adventuring companion George Stobbart, into a mysterious escapade of intrigue and deceit, in which they must overcome powerful forces and antagonists who will stop at nothing to fulfil their evil ambitions.

Torment and terror, sacrificial rituals, and bloody massacre is unearthed beneath a veil of Mayan mystery. Kidnap, stolen treasure, astronomy, and deadly drug baron are the least of the duo’s worries, as divine forces threaten to annihilate mankind! Nerve, cunning and guile are essential in order to conquer in this compelling adventure, guaranteed to leave you with an aching brain and a beating heart. Are you up to the challenge?

Along with an exclusive new interactive digital comic, from ‘Watchmen’ co-creator Dave Gibbons, the game boasts fully animated facial expressions, enhanced graphics throughout, high quality music as well as a context-sensitive hint system, and diary.

  • Over 60 characters with which to interact
  • A multitude of highly detailed locations to explore
  • Hundreds of mind-bending puzzles and clues to collect
  • Beautiful classically animated sequences
  • Stunning music from world-famous composer, Barrington Pheloung

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 98/XP/Vista
    • Processor: Pentium or equivalent
    • Memory: 16 Mb
    • Graphics: Direct X 5.0 compatible card
    • DirectX®: 5.0 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 600 Mb
    • Sound: Direct X compatible card
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Hard Drive: 1GB free space
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
An excellent sequel to the classic Broken Sword. It has all the compelling adventuring and puzzle solving of the first game, this time much of it in South America. The main remastering is the addition of portraits of the characters during dialogue to make conversations less boring. A highly recommended and under-rated adventure game, especially if you like the first Broken Sword.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
Classic. Nice story. Has few easter eggs. Runs on GNU/Linux. What else do you need?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
Beautifully animated 2D graphics, great humour and improved gameplay! Loved the first one and I'm loving this too.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Enjoyable romp that's not quite as epic as the first game, but the graphics are slightly improved and it's still an enjoyable adventure.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Lovely presentation, very sharp dialog, great characters and a huge barrel of fun! I haven't had a game that made me laugh for eons!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
If you haven't played the first Broken Sword, go do that first. Although it isn't really necessary to understand the plot, there are a few references that you'll miss which might diminish the experience. Anyway, the Smoking Mirror was a very good sequel. It didn't really change anything from the original, but that's a good thing. The new plot is pretty interesting and takes you to new and exotic locations. If you liked Broken Sword 1, I don't see why you wouldn't like this one. It was a bit short, but still very enjoyable throughout the entire game. Lots of funny and memorable moments, definitely worth the occasional frustration caused by some of the puzzles. Besides, you can always just use a walkthrough if you get really stuck.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Personal rating: 7/10

PROS:
+ great story telling
+ atmosphere of an adventure
+ (mostly) fun puzzles
+ no clumsy & ugly 3D graphics (like in BS3 & BS4)
+ good voice acting
+ most compatibility issues fixed in Remastered version

CONS:
- some puzzles make less sense
- hints added by the Remastered version take from the challenge
- "quick time events" which feel a bit out of place compared to the point&click style

Comment:
I first played this game over a decade ago. I picked it up before playing BS1. Along with my dad we would sit down and try to solve the puzzles and find the correct item combinations to move us forward in the storyline. The game felt relaxing and I really enjoyed that time. I finished it a couple of times since then and I got this Remastered version to see if it can replace my decaying CDs and to see a fix for the compatibility issues the game had. And yes, this Remastered edition is worth it. BS2 is not the best game in the world but it's fun and enjoyable. Very relaxing too, apart from the QTEs where you had to time something otherwise you were screwed. While I get the concept it felt out of place for this adventure game style. I also do not like the hints but simply just because I played the original version and I see how it takes the challenge out. But that is just my opinion on them. Overall a good game worth your time so I recommend it to all fans of the point&click genre.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
A Review Mostly for me so I know I’ve completed the story, as well as feedback on the game.

My Thoughts:- The 2nd Broken Sword game where a few improvements have been made to the art and the game itself, George and Nicole are back on another adventure this time to save the world.
Just like the 1st game it’s a point n click adventure game with more puzzles.
Has a Help system to give you hints on how to progress in the game although will spoil the achievement of you doing it for yourself.

Achievements:- N/A

What Could Be Added:- Achievements

Rating:- 7 / 10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2014
LOlL, so cool, it made me remember "Atlantis ,,," , i can't stop playing this and can't wait to buy all of this. 10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
A.K.A. The One With The Goat.
Love it. Every bit as much as I loved it when it first came out. Even more so than the first installment.

One of the best adventure games ever! (...and then they went to 3D and made a mess of it)
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
I wrote a review for this game, it is too weird for this forum, please go here to read it.

http://ricepixel.blogspot.jp/2014/07/indy-hobo-played-broken-sword-ii.html

I also playalyzed this game which you can watch here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYBJxdpXNnt7ELcc_DEnuJaWN8UZde1kG
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
This is an okay point and click adventure game, which took me around 9 hours to beat. This remastered edition does add some nice touches to make the story more cohesive, so it is worth playing if you liked Shadow of the Templas, the first (and still the best) game in the series.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2014
A great sequel which maintains the charm of the first game (same colourful characters, same witty dialogues) . A must have for any fan of the series.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2014
Broken Sword 2 offers pretty much identical gameplay to the first one. The story on this one felt less than believable and was often times plain comical. Like the first one, this is a very casual adventure; the puzzles are extremely easy, plus the blue markers remove any difficulty in finding whatever you need. There is also a hint system in the unlikely event you ever get stuck. The movement is still slow paced. Often times you have to wait for an animation sequence to complete and you can't double-click to run or quickly move from one location to the next. Overall, it was is a reasonably well done adventure game that feels a little dated.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
Very interesting sequel to the first amazing Broken Sword game. Whilst not as good as the original, I feel this game still belongs in the hall of fame for point and click adventures.

It continues all the great elements that the first game had, and has it's own interesting continuation of the characters. The only downside to this game I feel is the character artwork for Nicole, the artwork portraying her character animation looks horrible compared to the facial conversation artwork, I can't believe they didn't improve it.

Still, it's a great game to play.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014
Broken Sword 2 is a decent sequel to Broken Sword 2, but definitely weaker than the original. The story is not as good, with a far more black and white us vs them (while the original had three factions which made the story more interesting). For the longest time I was afraid they had remade Nico into nothing but a side-character who does nothing but get rescued, but luckily she does get to do more stuff later in the game.

The biggest let down was the number of time-wasting puzzles though. I.e. puzzles that are not hard to figure out, but takes a long time to do... or in the case of the jungle section, not even to do, just walking around (in the directors cut of the first game it was possible to fasttravel by dubbelclicking... the remastered version of the second does not seem to have that). Or when you want to tie two things together with a rope and you click on one of them and George instead says it would be better to tie it to the other first... instead of just doing that.
Together with some puzzles that have frankly stupid or contrived solutions (or the puzzles themselves are contrived) it certainly makes it weaker than the first game and far shorter. Sure it took me 7h vs the 10h of the original, but I'd still say it was half as short... the additional two hours felt artificially prolonged by the time-wasting aspect of some of the puzzles.

However, while it is IMO weaker than the first game, it is still a good adventure game. If you enjoyed the first you will probably enjoy this one for the most part. If you haven't played the first, start with that instead.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Point and click adventure classic. Just like the predecessor it is a must play for fan of the genre. Solid story, beautiful graphics and memorable characters. 8/10


NOTE: It goes very often on sale with the first game in the series.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
Those who are fans of point-and-click adventures will love this as the logic train derailed sometime between the first and second game and you Will be needing that help system or a heap of patience; to be honest, probably both. Definitely a great series for the genre with a mostly solid plot and an actual possibility of dying this time around. The only downside I can see is a comparitively short play time compared to the first game even with the two unnecessarily long puzzles towards the end.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
Let me just start off with saying i'm not a huge fan of the Point and Click genre, but when I saw Broken Sword 2 it looked like a pretty cool game. When I first booted up the game the menu was lacking in detail, but that was not what I was here for. When I got into the game I was greeted with a honestly cool cartoon for the first part of the game. So then there I was in the game that I would love. The story is great, characters are great, point and click mechanics are great, great puzzles, ETC.
Overall 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
As much fun as the first, I thought Broken Sword 2 was even more enjoyable. The art style and the voice acting and writing are excellent, and I felt very engaged with the story and the puzzles. That said many puzzles, even the early ones were too difficult for me without a bunch of hints, but at least the game acknowledges that with the in-game hints, and it's quite possible that has more to do with me being terrible at puzzles than with the game! Really enjoyed, a must-buy for anyone who likes point and click adventure games, and I'm looking forward to playing the next installment.
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