The Smoking Mirror
||(Win95/98/ME/XP) (Retail Box) (BROKENS2PR)
On other systems
you can use ScummVM to run this.
Revolution / Virgin
ESRB rating: Teen (Ages 13+) - Animated blood,
violence, and mild language
A from Just Adventure
The Adventure Collective
A Human Sacrifice Awakens the Mayan
God of Death
Plunge into a shadowy conspiracy world where the schemes of
a mad drug kingpin and the prophesied return of an ancient Mayan god clash in
what could be the end for all mankind. Race around the globe with George as he
frantically attempts to free Nico, his investigative reporter girlfriend, from
the clutches of Karzac's crime cartel. Guide Nico and George as they unravel
the dark mysteries that lead them closer and closer to an ancient horror best
left buried in the steamy jungles of Central America. Gather clues and make
friends, but beware - a smiling face can hide a deadly obstacle in your quest
to stop the return of "he who devours the sun and consumes the flesh of all
mankind," the mighty Mayan God, Tezcatlipoca.
Battle against the evils of a criminal mastermind,
solve enigmatic puzzles and stop a murderous Mayan God of Death from destroying
the world in a masterfully crafted adventure featuring relentless action and
alternating viewpoints between George and Nico at cliffhanger moments.
Immersive 3-D graphics and stylized animation combine
to create a beautifully rendered environment as well as a truly cinematic
Explore the seedy underbelly of the world's most exotic
ports of call, in this adventure steeped in historic fact.
With three hours of original music and over 300 musical
cues, this dynamic soundtrack swells and crescendos to heighten the drama of
every move you make.
From the Makers of Lure of the
Temptress, Beneath a Steel Sky and Broken Sword...
Intrepid adventurers George and Nico are embroiled in yet
another mysterious escapade of brutality, calamity and immortality in this, the
sequel to the highly successful Broken Sword. Evil spells and brutal reprisals
haunt them as they face their most sinister challenge to date.
As the threatening darkness of the eclipse smothers all, the
discovery of a sinister drugs ring by chance reveals an arcane power of an
ancient civilisation. Torment and terror, sacrificial rituals and bloody
massacre is unearthed beneath a veil of Mayan mystery.
Kidnap, stolen treasure, astronomy and deadly drug barons
are the least of the daredevil duo's worries, as divine forces threaten to
Nerve, cunning and guile are essentials in order to conquer
this compelling adventure, guaranteed to leave you with an aching brain and a
Over 60 characters to interact with and over 60 useable
A multitude of highly detailed locations to explore and
Hundreds and hundreds of mind-bending puzzles and clues
Beautiful classically animated sequences and stunning
260 sound effects and over 2 hours of original music
from Britain's premier composer, Barrington Pheloung
2 CDs and over 60 hours of challenging gameplay
IBM PC or 100% compatible with Pentium processor, Windows
95 or higher, 16MB of RAM, 66MB free hard drive space minimum (280MB
recommended), dual speed CD-ROM drive (quad speed recommended), Windows 95
DirectDraw compatible video card (1MB RAM), Windows Direct Sound compatible
sound card. 100% Microsoft compatible mouse.
Tested OK on Windows XP. May require Windows compatibility
Just Adventure, by Jenny Guenther
"...The designers of the game seemed to have taken bare-bone
historical facts and written a credible, magical story around them,... However,
on the whole, the story is extremely strong and well thought-out, so I give it
"This is a cartoon-style game. It has easily the most
well-drawn and detailed backgrounds of any game I have ever played. (The same
can be said of Broken Sword I.) The artist(s) really took a lot of time and
care in drawing the scenes, and it pays off in the beauty of the game. The
backgrounds rival Michael Hague's illustrations for The Wind in the Willows, a
book I'm sure many of you enjoyed as a child, and are in the same style. The
cut scenes are very high-quality, too. There is no jerkiness and no pixelation,
even in the fast-action parts."
"The gameplay is very tedious. It involves a lot of
pixel-hunting and way too much conversation that doesn't move the story or game
along... Most of the puzzles, besides the conversing ones, are inventory-based,
and there are a couple of "traditional" puzzles in the end game that require
manipulating objects on the screen.
"I would recommend it for the good story line and the
"In this second installment of the Broken Sword series,
Revolution Software has taken the formula of success from the first game Broken
Sword: The Shadow of the Templars [Broken Sword I]
one step farther. Shifting from a focus on the legend of the Knights Templars,
the new story now revolves around the equally intriguing culture of the Mayan
civilization in Central America. With superior graphics and a fair dose of
original puzzles, Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror or Broken Sword II proves to
be a worthy sequel."
"One of the greatest achievements of the maker in this game
is certainly the very intuitive game interface. The less experienced adventurer
will find the way in this game very easily. Equally stunning, but not
surprising if you are already familiar with Broken Sword I, are the graphics.
Each game screen is drawn very meticulously, with an eye for details, using an
overwhelming amount of well chosen colors. The dialog is good and funny. It
also fulfills the function in giving you clues on what to do next. The
background music and sound effects greatly add to the general atmosphere of the
game. The cast of characters is also well developed with some great typecasting
such as the evil General Grasiento and his domineering mother. You will meet a
variety of people which will all tell you something interesting from their
points of view or about their cultures. You will meet some friends from Broken
Sword I. My personal favorites are Duane, the misguided tourist, and Rico, the
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