Broken Sword - The Smoking Mirror: Remastered

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Good adventure game with mature themes; for teens.

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Ease of Play

The game's navigation and inventory-based interface is fairly easy to pick up, though some might have some initial trouble taking out an item, dragging it out of the hero's bag, and using it on the environment. The game uses a Dropbox, which means you can save it on one device and continue playing it on another device.

Violence

The game features some scenes with animated violence and blood. In an early scene, the protagonist's girlfriend is shot with a poison dart. Later on in the game, the protagonist can be shot and killed.

Sex

There are some subtle references to sex ("t-tties") and the protagonist carries around his girfriend's panties, which is used to solve some puzzles (such as wrapping them around something hot so it won't burn his hands)!

Language

The game has some profanity, including words like "s--t," "asshole," "t-tties," and "hell."

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The protagonist drinks alcohol at the start of the game, then later on watches a man drink from a flask; the flask is then stolen, which contains illegal Absinthe. The Absinthe is poured into a man's wine glass, who then falls down drunk in an art gallery. After that, the hero visits a wine distributor by the docks.

 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Broken Sword - The Smoking Mirror: Remastered isn't appropriate for kids or tweens. It features some violence and blood, images of alcohol consumption, references to sex, and profanity in the dialogue. Examples including getting shot and killed, stealing Absinthe from a man's flask and pouring it into a man's wine glass, carrying around your girlfriend's panties in your pocket, and hearing and seeing cuss words. The app connects to Apple's Game Center.

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Is it any good?

Based on the PC and Sony PlayStation graphic adventure game released in 1997, BROKEN SWORD - THE SMOKING MIRROR: REMASTERED follows George Stobbart, a man who witnesses the kidnapping of his journalist girlfriend, Nicole. He embarks on a journey to save her and while doing so, uncovers an epic conspiracy surrounding a forthcoming solar eclipse. Players use their fingers to move George around the hand-painted scenes, interact with characters (and select what topics to chat about), and pick up items to store in his bag. When George faces an obstacle, such as a locked room, you can open up his inventory bag and select the right item for the job (such as a key or another sharp object that could pick the lock). This new portable version features a digital comic, enhanced graphics, a new soundtrack, a better hint system, and optional Dropbox support, which allows you to save your game on one device (such as the iPad) and pick up where you left off another (such as an iPhone). The game also adds Game Center integration, including in-game achievements you can earn.

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