Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars

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For the 2010 remake, see Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars: Director's Cut.

Broken Sword:
The Shadow of the Templars
Broken Sword:The Shadow of the Templars cover
Developers
Revolution Software
Publishers
Virgin Interactive
Engines
Original Virtual Theatre
Re-release ScummVM
Release dates
DOS September 30, 1996
Windows September 30, 1996
Mac OS (Classic) September 30, 1996
Windows (ScummVM) January 11, 2011[1]
macOS (OS X) (ScummVM) October 18, 2012
Linux (ScummVM) March 20, 2015[2]
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Relaxed
Controls Point and select
Genres Adventure
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Detective/mystery, Europe, Middle East
Series Broken Sword
Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars on HowLongToBeat
Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars on IGDB
Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars guide on StrategyWiki
Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars on MobyGames
Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars on Wikipedia
Broken Sword
Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars 1996
Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror 1997
Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon 2003
Broken Sword 4: The Angel of Death (Secrets of the Ark) 2006
Broken Sword 2.5: The Return of the Templars (unofficial) 2008
Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror - Remastered 2009
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars: Director's Cut 2010
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse 2013

Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars is a singleplayer adventure game in the Broken Sword series.

Key points

Released as Circle of Blood in the United States
Can be run under ScummVM.

General information

Developer Discord server
Broken Sword Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
DOS
Windows
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Bundled with Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars: Director's Cut. Pre-configured with ScummVM.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Free DLC for Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars: Director's Cut. Pre-configured with ScummVM.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Demos[edit]

Demos are available from ScummVM.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SWORD.INF
Windows <path-to-game>\sword1.ini[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVES\
Windows <path-to-game>\save[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
ScummVM 2.1+ supports cloud saves on third-party cloud storage services. See the ScummVM documentation for details.

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Speech, FX.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Cutscenes natively lack subtitles. See Cutscene subtitles.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.

Cutscene subtitles[edit]

Install the ScummVM subtitles add-on[3]
Requires ScummVM 0.10.0 or later.
The Steam version is preconfigured with ScummVM 1.9.[3]
  1. Download the corresponding subtitles add-on archive from ScummVM:
    • For ScummVM 1.5+: Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars - Cutscene Pack (all languages, Updated Subtitles AddOn) - requires ScummVM 1.5.0 or more
    • For older ScummVM versions: Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars - Cutscene Pack (all languages, Subtitles AddOn)
  2. Extract the contents of the archive to a convenient temporary location.
  3. Locate the directory from the extracted archive that corresponds to the language of the game installation (e.g., ENG\ for English). See readme.txt for details.
  4. Copy the *.txt files from this directory to <path-to-game>\SMACKSHI\.
    • This should be the directory containing *.SMK cutscene files.
  5. Start the game normally via ScummVM.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Retail only.
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation, download.
Italian
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail only (Tec Toy).
Russian
Retail only.
Russian
Unofficial localization by «Fargus Multimedia»
Spanish

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 2 Original Windows release.
DOS video modes SVGA
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
64-bit requires 64-bit build of ScummVM.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Smacker

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 486DX2 66 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 18 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA
1 MB of VRAM
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel 486DX2 66 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 18 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 2 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References