An ancient conspiracy. A broken Code. An unsolved murder. Welcome to Broken Sword – The Sleeping Dragon, the multi BAFTA-nominated adventure. Once more George and Nico must travel the world, wrestling danger, and piecing together the clues that will unravel the secrets of the Sleeping Dragon. Powerful seismic events are shaking the world.
User reviews: Mixed (80 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

 

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"The near perfect script is delivered with humour and subtlety by a brilliant cast. The magnificent facial animation system says as much as the dialogue, adding nuance to the simplest of lines. In terms of narrative-led video gaming it is leagues above anything else in recent times" - Edge, 9/10 (Issue 131)

"...an adventure game that does the genre proud." - Gamespot 8.1/10

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An ancient conspiracy. A broken Code. An unsolved murder. Welcome to Broken Sword – The Sleeping Dragon, the multi BAFTA-nominated adventure. Once more George and Nico must travel the world, wrestling danger, and piecing together the clues that will unravel the secrets of the Sleeping Dragon.
Powerful seismic events are shaking the world. Something sinister is emerging. An Ancient Conspiracy, the Secret of the Templars, and a fiendish source of pure Evil are responsible. The death of a back bedroom computer hacker in Paris is just the beginning of another extraordinary adventure for George Stobbart and Nico Collard. Welcome to the world of Broken Sword.
  • Breathtaking graphics driven by cutting edge technology.
  • Compelling contemporary non-linear gameplay driven by a powerful and unique interface.
  • Proprietary real-time Ray Tracing technology creates a unique visual style with free-roaming camera.
  • Movie quality script and voice acting, choreographed by Revolution’s proprietary Virtual Actor Engine.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: Pentium3 750MHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 128 MB
    • Graphics: 64 MB
    • DirectX®: 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB
    • Controller Support: Yes
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Not as good as 1 & 2 and the controls can be pretty awkward at times.

Quite a few box puzzles, which are more time consuming than difficult. The worst parts are the 'sneaking' sections which highlight poor controls and some odd camera angles which often lead to multiple attempts to get past them.

Also having moved away from the cartoon graphics of 1 & 2 this one hasn't aged quite as well.

I'd still recommend the game if you have played 1 & 2 and liked them. It's still good fun and humorous, enjoyed playing through.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This is not a point&click!
Instead of mouse-control, there is only keyboard or controller, and both suck.
Control and camera are even worse than Monkey Island 4...

Neither dialog nor cut-scenes are skippable, which is especially "funny" in scenes in which you can die...
Did i mention that you also can't save during those dangerous scenes?

Except for one of the main characters, every voice-actor uses accents that are so horrible that after about two hours, you just want to punch them to make them stop.

I wasted 11 hours of my life and i damaged my keyboard out of sheer anger after dying 17 (!) times on the same scene: 2 minutes of unskippable cutscene/dialog, 1/2 second where camera and controls screw you, 30 second unskippable death-sequence, rinse and repeat...

If you want good point&clicks, play one of the Wajet-Eye- or Telltale-games

♥♥♥♥ this game
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
There is only one type of puzzle: box. This game is just about pushing boxes to clear your way.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Another quality Broken Sword game, hurt only by awful controls and awkward mechanics. The series never should have left the original graphical and gameplay style and they learned that by going back to basics for the Kickstarter.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
If you like mystery games that involve a lot of puzzle work then you will love this one. I am a great fan of the whole Broken Sword sequel and I am looking forward to playing the next one shortly. Overall, the game has improved from the previous version by intergrating 3D animation. However, I thought the point and click concept that was present in the first two games was more user friendly. It's a good idea to buy it when it's on sale (also look for the collection package I recommend it).

Pros:
-Expect to put in a lot of hours because many puzzles are simple but long to solve (they are also fun though).
-Expect to see interesting character developments.
-I liked the references to the previous games.
-The story line is once again amazing.

Cons:
-Very hard to control the character movements in the game (only done by keyboard).
-Some puzzles are redundant and get annoying after a while.
-Too many sudden camera angle changes.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
3rd installment from a classic point-and-click series. Top notch voice acting in this one and the usual witty script that makes you want to exhaust every option just to see what George/Nico would say. Graphic-wise it's so-so for me as I am always more partial to older styles.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Eh, The controls on tis game are akin to driving a tank. The story and everything is nice. But there are way to many times where you wish you weren't driving a tank.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Talk to people. push box's and solve a riddle thats so complex only one thing can be done. did i mention pushing box's cause you do that a hell of alot.
i did enjoy the 3d remake of the cafe from bs 1 and 2, but it was a rather weak scene in terms of puzzles.

I forced my self thorugh this game and was only confused and angry from the last scene. its about 90% a box pushing fest then the uh magic happens.

i loved the first two broken swords, but this, they really called it broken sword 3.
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9.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Great adventure, marred by some rather confusing controls and camera angles.
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10.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
This is an OK point-and-click adventure game, which took me around 10 hours to beat. Parts of the story were good, and the addition of the crate puzzles and some QTEs did not bother me much, but the ending is so bad it makes you wonder what were they thinking - it almost feels like they rushed it and just went along with whatever they could come up with at the last minute. Nevertheless, it is still somewhat decent if you like this genre.
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
loved this game
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Unskipable Dialog
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25.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
I am really enjoying this. It is much better than I remember.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
Even though Broken Sword 3 departed from the point-and-click 2D adventure, I am trying to be open-minded and not afraid of changes, when it comes to games that I literally grew up with.
But in general:

+ Good story, nice dialogues;
+ The characters remain faithful to the first two games;
+ More cut-scenes than the previous 2 games;
+ You get to play with George and Nico equal time;
+ The character animations feel quite much human.

- They could've made the ending a bit more satisfying;
- TOO MUCH ♥♥♥♥ING MILLION-KILOMETERS-OF-CRATE-PUSHING "PUZZLES"!
- No, seriously. DO NOT PUT CRATE PUSHING PUZZLES IN YOUR GAME! EVER! If I wanted to play a game that you push crates, that game should not be named "Broken Sword".

Anyway, this game is pretty much enjoyable and I recommend it. But only after you finished the first 2 Broken Sword games.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2012
Too many block pushing puzzles fail to provide any real challenge, off-putting controls make you wish you invested in a proper gamepad, but characters you know and love make you want to see it thorugh the end. Overall, very basic adventure game. 3-D wasn't a way to go.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Just completed the game and actually wanted to vote a "Neutral" rating for the game, but unfortunately, there is no such choice. Went with "Recommended", but only if you are a fan of the series.

I previously played part 1 and 2 of the series, and this game was, IMHO, the poorest of the 3.

The game had lesser puzzles! I don't count box pushing as puzzles and there were really too many of them! They also added Quick Time Events (QTEs), some action sequences (usually running away or hiding) and sneaking around. Well, my preference would have that it been more puzzle-oriented.

The 3D perspective would have been fine, but the camera angles made it terrible. The camera kept switching and the controls are relative to the angle at that point, and so making it difficult to move the character. For example, I might end up running towards the enemy rather than away. And certain sequences had time constraints, which made it frustrating when I can't move the character to the correct position, and had to keep repeating till I get it right. It is also irritating that I couldn't skip cutscenes when repeating these sequences. For these reasons, I prefer the 2D view in the first 2 games. The shift to 3D was refreshing (reminded me of Uncharted a couple of times), but implementation was really poor.

Well, having said all these, I love George and Nico and won't hesistate to buy the next game (was also wondering why The Angel of Death is not on Steam?), though newcomers that start with this game first will probably think otherwise.

Will probably get The Serpent's Curse (glad that it went back to the series' 2D roots) on the Playstation Vita once, or if, it releases in the Asian PS Store (probably the region with the worst store updates).
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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Broken Sword 3 is host to some big problems that unfortunately overshadows a lot of the good aspects of the game.

Just like the previous Broken Sword games, the story is decent though not special. The dialogue and voice acting is definitely one of the strongest aspects of the series, and BS 3 has that too. Most of the puzzles range from okay to pretty interesting.

However, the controls are an unholy collection of awful and rubbish. They suck, they suck in every way possible. Combine the bad controls with the terrible camera and you got a special kind of awful. The camera uses weird angels and it switches them constantly. CONSTANTLY. It jumps back and forth, sometimes as much as five times in a few "meters" of road. It's enough to make you seasick... and it causes you to run the wrong way since what was one direction a second ago is suddenly the opposite direction or sideways. It also prevents you from seeing the things you wish to see.

Maybe it is easier to play on a controller, but as far as I can tell there is no way to do so.

The move to 3D really did not help this game in any way. The visuals look dated compared to the other two older games. The controls and camera are, as I said, horrific. To the puzzles it has apparently only added crate/block dragging and hidden climb points. The block puzzles are unfortunately uninspired and the hidden climb points are either obvious or frustrating. It has, however, added a bunch of empty space that you have to transverse, filled with an endless supply of locked doors that you can for some reason try to open, look at and listen to. It is a frustrating test of patience. It adds nothing to the puzzles when five endless corridors still only contain one object and one place to use it. It does not make the world feel larger and more alive, it just creates even more space you have to get through with your bad controls and camera.

Then we have the fact that you can't skip dialogue or cutscenes. Which is going to be a problem considering BS3, like all adventure games, encourage interacting with objects numerous times... which means that it sure would be nice to be able to skip past having to hear them say they can't open the door for the thousands time until you find the door you ARE supposed to open. Not being able to skip cutscenes is even worse since they had decided to match almost every cutscene with either quick time events or chases... and if you miss you die... and if you die... YOU HAVE TO WATCH THE WHOLE FREAKING CUTSCENE AGAIN... AND AGAIN... AND AGAIN.

It's a shame, because underneath it all is a pretty nice adventure game. The problem is that the amount of frustration you have to go through to get to the good parts is just not worth it. The only reason I played to the end is stubborness. There are good moments, but the only way I can recommend this game is if you have a high tolerance for bad controls, bad cameras, watching the same cutscenes over and over again, and just generally feel like the game is wasting your time for no good reason.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Regardless of the change to 3d, this installment still manages to maintain the charm we all came to know Broken Sword by. Defintely recommended for veterens of the series.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Broken Sword 3 ♥♥♥♥♥es, this time in 3D

The graphics are ok i guess for the date this came out.
Voice acting is great.
Dialoge is pretty good though cheesy at times but aye I love it :P
Lot of people complaining about controls. I found them to be ok, at first its a bit tricky but after 5 mins it's not a problem (keyboard).
I think you can even adjust the controls to suit your needs, so i do not know why these people are ♥♥♥♥♥ing.
Some of the puzzles are hard XD but aye you can always use a walkthrough like the "Oh those puzzles were so easy" people.

Personally I feel the previous two games are better but this is still worthy of having the broken sword title.
6/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon is a game that is so good, that knowing of its simple existence is enough to put a smile on your face. The Sleep Dragon is a shining example of how the genre has progressed and what it is capable of, it’s a stunning achievement adventure gaming. Inclusive of a solid story, likeable and engaging characters, stunning visuals, and delightful dialogue, this is one adventure you simply won’t be able to tear yourself away from.

Graphically, the game is well done, with bright, cartoonish visuals. Cut-scenes are well voiced and complement the story, animation quality is superb. Incredible voice acting dominates this game, often surpassing the graphics and story by far. From Nico’s French accent to George’s “yankee lawyer” daftness, it’s a pleasure to listen to this game.

Many of the puzzles are somewhat straightforward in design, and while ensuring player is less likely to hit those infuriating brick walls typically found in many of the genre's titles, your input into the events once again tends to feel slightly shallow and less rewarding than before as the majority of ‘box’ puzzles are repetitive, yet otherwise clever.

The games controls however, feel somewhat broken, as to can make it almost impossible to play expect for the most dedicated of fans. The Sleeping Dragon is the only instalment in the series that is not point-and-click, in fact, it’s impossible to use the mouse for anything; instead all major actions in the game are done by keyboard or even game-pad as I preferred. The games manual brags about its “hybrid” system, but it’s practically unusable. The UI on the other-hand does steer away from the familiarity of the previous titles in the series, but once you look past the crude user interface, you will find an otherwise excellent and compelling game.
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