I tend to play games of all kinds here at Popzara. We’ve got shooters, RPGs, strategy games…the works. I admit, though, that I don’t play a lot of adventure games. I enjoyed Broken Age well enough back when that was a thing, but generally attempting to bash my face against puzzles usually just results in a smashed-up face and unsolved puzzles. Nevertheless, I’m always willing to take on a challenge, so I’ve given Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse a shot.
This is my first foray into the Broken Sword series, so I’ll admit that I haven’t really developed an attachment to these characters. For what it’s worth, though, this game’s about George the insurance assessor and Nico the photographer. After a robbery at an art gallery, George and Nico have to team up (for what is apparently the fifth time) to figure out what’s going on and uncover some dark mysteries related to an ancient religious order in what I assume is a similar manner to their previous outings. Sorry, guys, as I said I don’t play a lot of adventure games.
I play enough to be familiar with the gameplay, though! You can look at stuff, you can touch stuff, you can pick stuff up and you can use stuff on stuff. Doing all of this is key to solving a whole bunch of puzzles that stand in your way from other, harder puzzles, and once you’ve solved all those you’ll eventually have solved them all and that’s the game! As someone whose solution to puzzles typically involves shooting them or blowing them up, you can imagine my thoughts on this game’s challenge level. In particular, there’s a puzzle involving translating ancient writing later in the game that was crushingly painful to my poor addled mind.
Fortunately the game will feed you hints, so even a doofus like me was able to make it through. The puzzles, like the rest of the game, have a comedic tone that reminds me a bit of the old Sierra titles that I also wasn’t able to beat, so it’s all pretty charming and involving.
The game’s graphics and sound are noteworthy as they’re both top notch. The backgrounds are amazingly beautiful, especially for a game that was crowdfunded, and the character models have a sort of hand-drawn style that I found pretty appealing. I had no huge issues with any of the voice acting, though the actors’ delivery can be a bit flat at times, and the music is pleasant and largely understated. Controls are about as good as can be expected given that you’re playing it with a controller. This means they’re not that great, but I assume they’re better on PC where you’ve got a mouse and keyboard and either way it’s not like you need speed or precision for an adventure game.
Adventure game and Broken Sword fans will find something to love with Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse; based on some investigation, it is apparently going to induce joygasms in Broken Sword diehards, so they should absolutely check it out. As someone who’s not especially familiar with either the genre or the series, I still found The Serpent’s Curse to be an entirely pleasant experience. The hint system means that you can’t get completely stuck for too long, thank goodness, and the beautiful artwork and endearing comedy make Broken Sword 5 a good time for all.