Broken Sword: Director’s Cut HD iPad Review

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a retro gamer who isn’t delighted that the iPhone has seen re-releases of classic adventure titles like The Secret of Monkey Island and Beneath a Steel Sky. While these ports were generally excellent, the one complaint you could make about all of them is that the 3.5 inch screen can feel just a bit too small to poke around on. If you’ve harbored similar complaints, then you’re in luck, because the HD version of Broken Sword: Director’s Cut has just hit the iPad, and it’s every bit as good as we’d hoped.

On the iPad’s big screen, you can almost forget you’re playing a game as you watch the opening cinematic and your brian goes into movie mode. The graphics are excellent on the 10-inch screen, with tons of detail and smooth animation. The acting is top notch, too, and the iPad’s speaker pumps it out clear as a bell. Did we mention the story? It kicks off with a bang and has no trouble holding your interest for hours.

Why hello, George.

When you take control of the action and start looking for clues, the game becomes even more immersive. To find items you can interact with, you touch the screen and glide your finger around until small blue circles appear, indicating items you can interact with. The interface is extremely intuitive, and the bigger screen gives you all the room you need to explore. There’s even some iPad-exclusive game content that you can piece together as you play, making this an even more attractive package.

Broken Sword: Director’s Cut HD is a great game that nearly anyone can enjoy. Our one caveat is that if you played through it on the iPhone, then the HD version probably doesn’t offer enough new content to warrant another purchase. But if you’re new to the game or you haven’t played it in a while, this is the version to get. The iPad truly is the ideal platform for adventure games.

Editor’s Note: This review only covers the content exclusive to the iPad version of this game. For the full game review, click here.

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