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Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - Nintendo Wii

by Ubisoft
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews) 74 / 100

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Platform: Nintendo Wii
Nintendo Wii
  • Update to the original adventure game with a new narrative
  • Puzzle-based gameplay takes full advantage of the Wii controls
  • Long, engrossing storyline
  • Graphics and animation done by Dave Gibbon of Watchmen fame
  • Provides foreshadowing and context for later games in the series

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Product Details

Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches ; 5.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,065 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: Nintendo Wii

Product Description

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars ¿ The Director¿s Cut builds on the original, boasting a new and explosive narrative interwoven with the first story. This game brings the adventure genre to life like never before with unique DS and Wii controls. After witnessing the brutal and horrifying murder of one of Paris¿s richest and most influential statesmen, the player is pulled into a sinister conspiracy rooted in a long- forgotten medieval legend.

Broken Sword, the renowned series by Charles Cecil, makes its way to the Nintendo Wii, and old fans and new players alike won't be disappointed in this "Director's Cut" version. The classic adventure game series is brought up to date with a new narrative loosely based on the original and with game play mechanics that take advantage of the unique aspects of the Nintendo Wii.

Explore every inch of the game in order to solve the puzzles. View larger.

New animation by Dave Gibbons adds dimension to the game. View larger.
Gripping Story Will Keep You Engrossed
The original Broken Sword was praised for its engaging story line that kept players guessing what would happen next. This version closely follows the original story but adds an interwoven narrative that serves as a prequel to future games.

A new narrative is seamlessly integrated into the original story. View larger.
Specifically, the game explores the history of the female protagonist Nico, and how her mysterious past connects with the events that are unfolding in the story. All this new material is seamlessly added to the original.

Classic, Puzzle-Driven game play with Wii-Specific Controls
Like the original, Broken Sword features puzzles and brain-teasers that are woven into the narrative of the game. Players have to come up with solutions to problems that are encountered during the game in order to move forward with game play. Broken Sword takes advantage of the Wii's motion controls to introduce new, interesting puzzles. In order to solve some puzzles, for example, you'll have to use the Wii remote to turn dials and push blocks.

New Graphics and Animations
The detailed graphics and animation are drawn by Dave Gibbons, the artist behind the graphic novel and movie "Watchmen." The game features a style that makes it look like an animated movie, and this version adds a new first-person perspective when interacting with objects and people in order to increase the sense of immersion.

Beautiful Music and Soundtrack by Barrington Pheloung
Famed composer Barrington Pheloung composed the original score for Broken Sword and has expanded it for this Director's Cut. The original voice cast has also returned to add new parts for the newly expanded version of the game. All of this adds up to a rich experience.

Exclusive Two-Player Mode for the Wii
Instead of going at it alone, you can add a second player to the fray in the Wii version. Two cursors show up on the screen, and one player becomes the main player while the second highlights areas of interest on the screen. Working co-operatively adds another dimension to the game and allows the game to be enjoyed simultaneously by two players.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was a big fan of the adventure games so popular on PCs in the 90's but somehow completely missed the Broken Sword franchise. When I learned of this game I was excited to return to this all but extinct game style but unsure of how it would work on the Wii. My concern was unfounded. This is a wonderful, highly entertaining game; perfectly suited to the Wii's unique controller.

For anyone not familiar with the genera it's definitely not standard console game fair. Game play is based on methodical exploration, puzzle solving and a fair deal of reading/listening to non-player characters for hints and clues. The best way to explain it is to say it's exactly like a good mystery novel that gives you control over the protagonist.

The graphics are wonderful; beautifully rendered, slightly fanciful, visions of Paris, highly reminiscent of Don Bluth's style of animation. In this day and age of hyper-realism it's very refreshing to play a game that takes it's own direction graphically. The Wii's sometimes mocked hardware limitations seems to be encouraging this kind of innovation and I, for one, appreciate it greately.

The Wii is considered a bastion for casual gamers, and this title proves the concept. You don't need lightning quick reflexes, or years of twitch-response training to hop in and play. Surprisingly, this makes a great family/party game. At a gathering of friends, four of us in our late 20's-early 30's -- and only one Wii remote we had a great time working collaboratively to solve the puzzles and explore the various locals. Rather than take advantage of the built in multi-player option, we found one Wii remote got passed around quite a bit.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Engrossing December 29, 2009
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was surprised how much fun I had playing this - I kept losing track of time. This is all puzzles, no fighting - just thinking. Some of the puzzles are sort of order of operations - asking the right people the right questions in the right order. There were some word puzzles, some picture puzzles, some number and one chess! One of the best benefits of the game was that my husband and I could solve the puzzles together.

The Wii controller was a bit klutzy (for me) with some of the lining-things-up puzzles and it was really tough on rotating things but the game lets you try again until your hands and eyes are coordinated. I also liked that you could save at almost any point in the story in case someone else wants to use the Wii for a while.

The ending was a bit of a let down. The quality of the images degraded and the scripting felt rushed. Still, I am glad I played it and we definitely got our money's worth of fun.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game - hoping for a sequel! September 30, 2009
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've just finished playing Broken Sword and loved the game. I never played it on a PC so this Wii version was my first introduction to the game (which I guess is a classic). I enjoy games with little or no fighting and lots of exploring and puzzles so this was perfect for my tastes. The story was interesting and kept me looking forward to seeing what came next.

The hint system was good and I used it in the beginning a bit and then when I got really stuck (in hindsight, I wish I had used it less in the beginning of the game). One of the cons of the game for me was that sometimes you had to do something non-intuitive to figure out a puzzle (like talk to a specific person a 6th time after looking at a specific object, etc.) But once I got the hang of that and with the help of an occasional hint, it was fine. The Wii controls are great for exploring although on some of the puzzles that involved precisely moving things they took some getting used to.

I only recently purchased a Wii and this was one of my first games. I enjoyed it so much that it has sent me on a quest to find similar titles that include this type game-play. Which leads me to my other con...I felt the game went by too quickly. I spent a lot of time looking around and felt I was taking my time with it but it was over before I knew it and there is little replay value as the puzzles are all figured out. I would have liked a longer game for the money. As the title of my review states, I am anxious for a sequel and hope that it includes more areas to explore and maybe some non-linear story lines to increase the replay value.

In sum, I gave it 5 stars as I couldn't wait to play it every time I had some free time, enjoyed the story and puzzles, and was sad when I finished it. If you like a lot of action, this game isn't for you. But if you like point-and-click type adventures and puzzles, I think you will really enjoy Broken Sword.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent story/puzzle game at a great value November 26, 2011
By Matt
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I was looking for some inexpensive Wii games and found this one on Amazon. I had never heard of the original game, but after reading the description and the reviews, I was excited to find a new (to me) game of the same style and era as Monkey Island and Loom (two of my all-time favorite games).

Story: 4/5. It is a modern-day murder conspiracy that involves the Knights Templar and the Assassins. It requires finding clues and deciphering puzzles that are several centuries old. I guess that description along with the title make it sound like "The Da Vinci Code meets Assassin's Creed," but no. Thank goodness it is very different.

Characters: 3/5. One thing that I think is essential to a good video game is that the protagonist(s) is/are likable. My main gripe about the characters is that around 3 hours into the game, one of the main characters, George Stobbart, was really getting on my nerves. VG characters can be cheesy and still be likable, but the voice acting was over-done and I think the game would have been more enjoyable without it.

Graphics: 3/5. The graphics were...interesting. Knowing that the game is mostly a port from the original version, I wasn't buying the game for the graphics. What made them a little weird was that you could tell that certain things were touched up or added to this version and other things were not. I don't think the graphics make or break the game, but the inconsistency was a little distracting.

Gameplay: 2/5. I like this style of game. It's nice every now and then to play a game that is more about problem solving and telling a story than boss battles and repetitious action. Unlike most games like this that I have played, it has a hint system, so if you are stuck, you can get some help.
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