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BROKEN SWORD 1

SHADOW OF THE TEMPLARS: DIRECTOR’S CUT

One of the all-time classic adventures, the multi BAFTA-nominated Broken Sword pitches sassy journalist Nico Collard, and intrepid American George Stobbart into a mysterious journey of intrigue and jeopardy…

Version details

Game Release: 1996
Remastered: 2009

System Requirements

Windows 10 & older

Processor: Pentium
Memory: 64 Mb RAM
Graphics: 64 Mb VRAM
DirectX: DirectX 9
Storage: 1.1 GB

Linux Ubuntu 14.04 & Mint 17

Processor: 1.4 GHz
Memory: 512 MB RAM
Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
Storage: 1.1 GB

Additional Notes:
Linux version only via GOG.COM

macOS

Availability:

  • Steam & GOG: Currently 32-bit only
  • App Store: check availability

iOS

Check availability on App Store

Additional Notes:
Currently the game isn’t available for the latest iOS, we’re hoping to tackle this in the future.

Android

Check availability on Google Play Store

Additional Notes:
We’re in the middle of a tech review, if the game isn’t working on your device despite being listen for your device, please message us via the Support Form or [email protected]

Broken Sword is one of the best point-and-click adventure games ever made (...) And it's funny. Like, really funny. It's everything an adventure game should be, and age hasn't dulled its edge one bit"

– Andy Kelly | PC Gamer via “Broken Sword is still point-and-click perfection"

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    ABOUT THE GAME

    Paris in the Fall… a brutal murder at the Palais Royale. When Nico Collard is invited to interview statesman Pierre Carchon, she finds herself inextricably drawn into a terrifying conspiracy.

    One of the all-time classic adventures, multi BAFTA-nominated “Broken Sword: Director’s Cut” pitches sassy journalist Nico Collard, and intrepid American George Stobbart into a mysterious journey of intrigue and jeopardy. Guide George and Nico on their globe-spanning adventure, exploring exotic locations, solving ancient mysteries, and thwarting a dark conspiracy to reveal the secret truths of the Knights Templar.

    “Broken Sword: The Director’s Cut” introduces an intricate new narrative thread, alongside the classic story that has charmed millions of players. It’s time to experience George and Nico’s worldwide adventure in a whole new way, with brand new puzzles, hilarious new jokes, and the distinctive, rich story that made the series so deservedly renowned. This is adventure gaming at its very best.

    KEY FEATURES

    • Multi award-winning adventure
    • Classic point-and-click gameplay
    • Solve conspiracies, evil mysteries and survive chilling threats
    • A rich cast of colourful characters – all fully voiced
    • Stunning music from world-acclaimed composer, Barrington Pheloung

    DIRECTOR’S CUT FEATURES

    • Whole new story arc added, with 2 hours of additional gameplay
    • Addition of contemporary first person perspective minigames
    • New facial expressions drawn by Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen
    • Help system incorporated – ensure that player won’t get frustrated
    • Enhanced audio – both music and voices

     

    VIRTUAL THEATRE

    Designed by Charles Cecil and Tony Warriner The first ever engine that allowed NPCs to wander around independently, and letting them have a life on their own.
    NPCs wouldn’t wait around for the protagonist in a static space, they had things to do! This was ground-breaking at the time, and we’re still quite proud of it. More about Virtual Theatre..
    Games we developed on Virtual Theatre:

    • Lure Of The Temptress  (1992)
    • Beneath A Steel Sky  (1994)
    • Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars (1996)
    • Broken Sword II: The smoking Mirror (1997)

     

    FOR ALL YOUR TROUBLESHOOTING NEEDS…


    UNABLE TO LAUNCH

    No matter how many times you try, it just won’t launch!
    Hopefully an easy fix!

    • On Steam:
      • Open your Steam Library
      • Right-click “Broken Sword: Director’s Cut”
      • Open “Properties”
      • Select “Local Files”
      • Select “Browse Local Files”
      • In the Windows window click on the file named “oalinst”
      • Follow the installation instructions
      • Reboot your PC for good luck!
    • On GOG.COM:
      Same steps as on Steam, but you need to find your install folder on your own! If you forgotten where you installed your game, simply redownload it and choose to install it somewhere you know you’ll find easily!
    • On Mobile:
      Broken Sword 1: Director’s Cut has been on the App Store & Google Play Store since 2009. While we were focusing on our latest games and projects we haven’t kept up to date with the latest OS versions, and phone aspect ratios. So if the app doesn’t launch on your device anymore, and doesn’t show up for you as a purchase option it’s because we unlisted it on the devices we knew it wouldn’t work properly on. While we can’t promise you an exact date, we want you to know that we’re already looking into allocating the time and finding out what resources it would take to update our mobile games. Thank you for your patience!

     

    CAN’T SAVE
    For some reason your attempts to save the game does not work, causing you to loose progression.
    This could have a few reasons, let’s try the easy ones first:

    • Missing Save Folder:
      • Open your Steam Library
      • Right-click “Broken Sword: Director’s Cut”
      • Open “Properties”
      • Select “Local Files”
      • Select “Browse Local Files”
      • In the Windows window create a new folder named “saves”
      • Sounds too easy to be true? Fingers crossed!
    • Windows Security:
      • Hit the Windows key
      • Type “Windows Security” and press Enter
      • Select “Virus threat & protection”
      • Select “Protection history”
      • Select “bs1dc.exe”
      • Select “Controlled folder access settings”
      • Select “Allow an app through controlled folder access”
      • Select “bs1dc.exe”
      • Reboot for extra vigilance!

     

    SCREEN RESOLUTION

    • On PC:
      When trying to change the resolution, the “apply” button is nowhere to be found
      Thankfully this one is super easy to sidestep:

      • Open your Steam Library
      • Right-click “Broken Sword: Director’s Cut”
      • Open “Properties”
      • Select “Local Files”
      • Select “Browse Local Files”
      • In the Windows window right-click on “bs1dc.exe”
      • Select “Properties”
      • Select “Compartibility”
      • Select “Change high DPI settings”
      • Select “Override high DPI scaling behaviour (Application)”
      • “Apply” and reboot your PC for good luck!
    • On Mobile:
      If you’re seeing the game zoomed in or cut off in any way please let us know your exact device via the support form on the website!

     

    WAIT, HOW DO I PLAY THE ORIGINAL GAME?
    You know how to boot the Director’s Cut but that’s not what you here for. You want the Original Version, just like you used to play in the good old days when Freddos was still 10p!

    • On Steam:
      Broken Sword 1: Original Version comes as a DLC when you buy Broken Sword 1: Director’s Cut, and can be downloaded for free directly from the DLC Store page.
      Alternatively you could also activate it in your Steam Properties:

      • Open your Steam Library
      • Right-click “Broken Sword: Director’s Cut”
      • Open “Properties”
      • Select “DLC”
      • Tick “Original Version”
      • This will prompt a tiny update, and you’re all ready to go!
      • To change back to Director’s Cut, simply remove the tick
    • On GOG:
      • Go to your GOG Galaxy
      • Select “Game Library”
      • Select “Extras”
      • Choose “Broken Sword 1: Original Version”
      • Select the “Downloads” tab
      • Select the folder icon
      • Select “setup.exe”
      • Follow the installation instructions
      • GG! Have fun!

     

    UNDERSTANDING SCUMMVM

    The original version of Broken Sword 1: Shadow of the Templars is possible to run on contemporary setups with the help of ScummVM.
    ScummVM is a software that allows you to boot older classic graphic point-and-click adventure games, text adventure games, and RPGs by replacing the executable files shipped with the games. This of course works for a lot of older games, not just Lure of The Temptress.ScummVM stands for Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion Virtual Machine, and one of their founders is Joost Peters who now works as our Tech-lead at Revolution Software.
    If you’ve never used before, don’t worry! It’s very self-explanatory but we’ll still link to some more info:

    MORE QUESTIONS? GET IN TOUCH VIA THE SUPPORT FORM ON THE WEBSITE!

    CHECK OUT THESE WONDERFUL COMMUNITY SOURCED GUIDES

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