Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror is a point-and-click adventure game by Revolution Software Limited that has been flawlessly ported to iOS devices.
In this sequel to Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars, you start off as George Stobbart, whose girlfriend, Nico, was kidnapped. He himself is now trapped in a burning house, tied to a chair. You need to get him out of the house and begin a lengthy and dangerous journey to rescue Nico.
Once George rescues Nico, you’ll get to play as her at several different points throughout the game. The two occasionally split up, sometimes by choice and other times by force, and have to use their own inventory and wits to solve the puzzles ahead of them.
Besides offering plenty of exploration and puzzles for adventure gamers, the Broken Sword series is full of humor and sarcasm that sets it apart from other games in the genre. For instance, you pick up a tequila worm in the first room, and can show it to just about everyone you meet in your travels to see what their reactions are to it. You don’t need to talk to every non-playable character or exhaust all your discussion topics, but you’ll miss out on some real gems if you don’t. Broken Sword 2 is a game you should take your time with and really savor it.
The 2D graphics are charming and look great even on a small iPhone screen. The soundtrack is also perfect for the game, always changing for the location and plot line to immerse you in the game. It’s a real work of art.
If you’re a point-and-click adventure fan, you won’t want to miss out on this game. It’s available on PC, iPod, iPhone and iPad, so you have plenty of ways to get ahold of it.
If you need some help, here are a few tips and cheats:
1. For touch screens, swipe your finger around the screen to see which items you can interact with. That way you won’t miss anything important.
2. Try mixing items by dragging one to the other if none of your items are doing the job on their own.
3. Some portions of the game require precise timing or you could die! Make sure to save frequently and in different save slots so you won’t have to play too much of the game over if you lose.
That should help you get started on your Broken Sword 2 adventure. Enjoy!