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App Creation #35 – Game Inspiration – Broken Sword: Director’s Cut



Released in 1996, Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars features George Stobbart, an American tourist innocently enjoying the charms of a quaint café in Paris, who finds himself entangled in an intense – yet often humorous epic murder mystery.

What A Knight

Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars is a classic point and click adventure that has seen a new light of day thanks to a resurgence of interest in this almost forgotten genre of which this title is one of the finest examples.


Although I would have been content with just a re-release on a modern touch-screen device, Revolution Software instead decided that adding completely new sections to the game would elevate its appeal and fill in some of the unanswered questions for those who enjoyed the original.

The Plot Thickens

Originally you exclusively followed George in this adventure, however in the Director’s Cut version, a new introduction that instead begins with French Photo-Journalist Nico Collard quickly reveals the ability to interact with her world and not just the American’s.

With brand new previously unseen elements of the story and additional locations, helps to explain Nico’s personal involvement with the complex case.

Further changes have been implemented including comic book style panels that appear when a character is within a conversation – highlighting facial expressions and moods.


The number of puzzles has also been increased, taking advantage of the touch screen interface. Close up views now appear when searching the recently deceased for their secrets.

iTunes Store Link: Broken Sword: Director’s Cut | Broken Sword: Director’s Cut HD

App Creation Series

There are literally hundreds of thousands of applications and games available to download using the digital marketplace. These range from basic clocks to fully fledged 3D gaming experiences rivalling even the leading portable devices that usually only specialise in this field.

Your challenge is competing with this vast library of already impressive offerings which, although a daunting prospect to the fledgling traveller, can be navigated successfully with the right ideas and implementation. Whether you want to create an income generator or simply desire recognition for your efforts, this book will aim to show you the path and inspire your imagination to overflow with possibilities.

Allow me to guide you through the wilderness and raise your chances of realising your development dreams by detailing different routes with this light hearted tour of the Apps terrain. Featuring a myriad of exciting and surprising examples, you can glean important suggestions for your own creation.

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Written by James Woodcock

James Woodcock is a Freelance Journalist specialising in gaming and technology. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.

Experience in classic game music MIDI enhancement. DVD and HD Video capture, editing, scripting and creation. Podcasting, Internet Radio DJ and Musician.

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