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Adventure games have had something of a renaissance on mobile platforms, and if any series deserves to be in that small and nerdy company, it's Broken Sword. The first game, Shadow of the Templars, was a definite hit when it was released to the Play Store earlier this year, gaining more than a hundred thousand downloads and a score of 4.8. The sequel (originally released in 1997) is now available for a paltry four dollars.

If you're unfamiliar with the Broken Sword series, it started on the PC in the mid-90s and has gained a cult following for its mature conspiracy storylines and devilish puzzles. It fits squarely in the point-and-click genre (though I suppose on touchscreens it's just point, then point again) and the latest versions have full hand-drawn animation and voice-over work for George, Nico and the rest.

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There seem to be compatibility issues with the Nexus 10, but otherwise, it's good to go. If you've never played the original Broken Sword, check it out here before downloading Broken Sword II.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    F yeah! I finally played through the Broken Sword series on PC recently, after starting the first game a few times in the past. However, personally I was pretty disappointed in BS2. The first one was great though.

  • Kobi Medrish

    Great to series, glad to see it live again on android... Now all I need is grim fandango

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      Dude, that would be hella dope!

    • atlouiedog

      Full Throttle should work with ScummVM on Android if you can find a copy of that out of print game.

    • blunden

      The Residual project has come far enough to make Grim Fandango completable so when the rendering engine is ported to OpenGL ES it will hopefully work at full speed on mobile devices too.

      Then there are restoration mods that aim to bump up the resolution of the 3D models significantly while keeping the same look and feel.

  • Matthew Fry

    Was about to buy the original but it's also incompatible with the Nexus 10. What gives Revolution Software Ltd?

  • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

    Cool. Love the first one!

  • Göran Sävström

    And as with the first title there is no way for me to - legally - play this one in English.
    (I live in Spain)

    Tried to ask google about this but got some "yada-yada" in return.
    - And then they complain about illegal download...

    FAIL!

    • pihlen

      Hej Göran, om du är rootad så kan du köpa den engelska versionen om du vill.. Det finns ett program som heter marketenabler som gör att du kan komma åt den engelska delen av playstore om du vill. Programmet finns här: http://code.google.com/p/market-enabler/

      Annars om du är intresserad av den engelska versionen så kan säkert utvecklarna fixa det åt dig: Här finns deras kontaktinformation: http://revolution.co.uk/contact

      Hoppas det hjälper!

      • Göran Sävström

        Yeah, I already wrote the devs to ask about their view on things...

        Regarding the market enabler - don't remember if it was that one or if some other tool I tried back when the Play Store had one of their sales, but I remember that it didn't go that well.

        Either way - considering distributions rights and such I'm wondering if it is the right way to go about it. If someone decides that - for some reason - I should not have access to this particular version it would still be wrong for me to use the enabler wouldn't it?

        BTW - I have the same issues with the movies offered by play store being dubbed to Spanish and that most of the book titles I can buy is in Spanish rather than in English. For me this is a problem that should - somehow - be dealt with in a better way than "cheating" your way to things (or stealing btw)

        Anyway - don't misunderstand me - I do appreciate you taking the time to reply. (Maybe it would've been better doing so in English though - I'm quite sure there are more nationalities sharing this particular issue)

        • pihlen

          English it is then.

          I totally agree that you should have the ability to choose which language you want on the content you buy, and it is mostly Google fault. However, in this case I think it was the developer who chose only to offer one title, the Spanish version, instead of two not to confuse their native Spanish costumers. The reason the game doesn't include all languages is probably due to size of the game, the English version is 700 MB. And if you where to include all languages (English, French, German, Spanish and Italian) the size would probably be over 4 GB, which is the maximum size for applications on the Play Store.

          • Göran Sävström

            While I do get your point about wanting to avoid confusion I have a hard time to see that it could be a big problem now that the ones that are in Spanish clearly say so in the title in Play Store - for example: Broken Sword : Español

            Anyway - I got a reply from one of the devs that told me the same
            thing, after which he "flipped the switch" to make this one available in
            English in Spain. He said he was gonna do that with them both, so
            something must have happened with Broken Sword 1. (Already wrote back
            thanking him and pointing that out)

            So in other words - all is well, and both Spanish and English versions are available for purchase.