Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse (2013)

Video Game  |  Adventure  |  4 December 2013 (USA)
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When a mysterious painting is stolen during an armed raid on a Paris gallery, George and Nico are thrown by chance into the investigation together. From Paris to London and beyond, the ... See full summary »

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George Stobbart / Gehnen / Goat (voice)
Emma Tate ...
Nico Collard / Maria de Santos / Young Tiago Marques / Sofia (voice)
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Richard Langham (voice)
David Shaw Parker ...
Ramon / Guard (voice) (as David Shaw-Parker)
Rob Rackstraw ...
Adam / Hector Laine / Shears (voice)
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Sergeant Moue (voice)
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Inspector Auguste Navet (voice)
Roz Landor ...
Bijou Dubois (voice)
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Roman Medovsky / Rickenbacker / Duane Henderson / Radio (voice)
Toby Longworth ...
Waiter / Ronnie / Wilfred Hobbs / Xavier Marques / Fascist Spanish Soldiers / Waterloo Motors / Boris (voice)
Nicolette McKenzie ...
Annette Maxim / Lady Clarissa Piermont (voice)
Wayne Forester ...
Bassam (voice)
Laurence Bouvard ...
Pearl Henderson (voice)
Peter Marinker ...
Old Tiago Marques (voice)
Terry Wilton ...
Father Simeon / Vlad (voice)
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When a mysterious painting is stolen during an armed raid on a Paris gallery, George and Nico are thrown by chance into the investigation together. From Paris to London and beyond, the trail becomes a race against time as dark forces from Europe's turbulent past are woken from their slumber. Broken Sword characters old and new are encountered - but who can George and Nico trust? The journey they are on reveals a conspiracy as old as the written word, whose ancient heresies will cause innocent blood to spill once more... Written by Cecil, Charles (I)

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The fifth game in the Broken Sword series. See more »

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Follows Secrets of the Ark: A Broken Sword Game (2006) See more »

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Deeply disappointing. Trite. Sexist. Cruel to women and animals.
21 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

If you disapprove of men who abuse women by tormenting and killing their pets, you need this spoiler, or this game will floor you. A cranky but endearing goat has become the emblem of this Broken Sword series and throughout the second part of this episode, much is made of the female hero Nico petting and feeding it, whilst the male hero George treats it as an adversary. At the end, he lights a sausage and attaches it to the animal, reassuring her that it is safe because the stick isn't actually dynamite and joking about animal protection groups. The goat isn't seen again until it reappears on a kebab stick and she is ridiculed by him ( and apparently influenced by his promise of romance)into accepting what has been done to it. Since there is no obvious means of cooking the meat, we can assume it burned to death slowly and that the assisting snide Cockney criminal (who is also ridiculing Nico) butchered it. He jokes about the fig flavour. She has fed it a fig.

This whole sorry plot device is symbolic of what has happened to this once-powerful and innovative adventure series. From aiming at a broad, intelligent general audience, it has fallen to trying to appease a tight, uncritical fan base which will accept any deterioration in ethics and intellect providing there is some (heavily self-financed by them) restoration of symbols or characters from the past. When I discussed it with other previous enthusiasts for the series, the point was made that one was reminded of the moral of Agatha Christie's Bertram's Hotel: that trying to preserve a wonderful institution exactly as it was results in corruption and destruction.

The original excellent writers and designers of this series have long ago left it, and so should anyone who loved it long ago.


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