There's something almost eerily timeless about the best point-and-click adventures: despite showing its age on the surface, Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars still feels fresh and interesting once you get past certain elements of its presentation. It's 15 years old now. Can you believe that? Elsewhere, this week's pick of free games includes a Twin Peaks game that wishes it were on the Atari, a Tycoon game about kidnapping people and forcing them to join your cult, and an interactive fiction piece that sees the final dress rehearsal for a play going disastrously wrong. Read on to find out why you should play them...
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars: The Director's Cut
Ahh. Explosive cafes. Sinister mime artists. Sultry french accents. I could only be talking about classic point and clicker, Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars.
Why am I going all nostalgic for the most French game I've ever played? Because, to celebrate 6 million downloads, Good Old Games are giving away the Director's Cut completely free. There is no catch.
You'll be able to download the free game until 7:59 a.m. EDT/11:59 a.m. GMT on October 1. To download, pay GOG a visit and click on the massive banner at the top of the page.
In cinema the ‘director’s cut’ label means usually way more gore or an extra nipple or two, but I’ve been looking for hours and haven’t seen either in this updated point-and-click classic.
What you do get is an extended version of the original 1996 mystery game, now with the opportunity to play as Nico, the hot French journalist. She joins forces with the other playable character, floppy haired George (think Hugh Grant’s annoying American cousin) and together they have to solve a murder, pick through bomb sites, hunt down a creepy clown and travel from Paris to sexy locations like Ireland. Oh, the glamour!