Trivia: Broken Sword

This series provides examples of:

  • Breakthrough Hit: Revolution has been recognized because of the first two games.
  • Christmas Rushed: The Serpent's Curse was never intended to be split in two episodes. Revolution released that game in December 2013 to fulfill their promise to their fans who backed in the Kickstarter as well as to get income in holiday season.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: Two contributors from Kickstarter campaign, Kat and Adam make appearance in The Serpent's Curse as Nico's neighbours and as beta testers to the game.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Charles Cecil voices Gehnen.
    • Neil Richards (co-writer and scriptwriter) voices Henri in The Serpent's Curse.
  • Creator Backlash: In Eurogamer interview about ''Angel of Death'', Charles Cecil admits that having too many crate puzzles in The Sleeping Dragon are a big mistake.
    • In several interviews and video game conferences, Charles Cecil apologizes to fans about The Goat Puzzle. That puzzle's solution is later simplified in Director's Cut.
  • Creator's Favorite: Charles Cecil stated that on Revolution's forum that his favorite character is Albert the Concierge in the first game.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Emma Tate voices a young Tiago Marques in The Serpent's Curse.
  • Darkhorse Casting: Averted. The actress who played Nico, Sarah Crook, did not actually audition for the role. She was one of the supervisors of the audition, and asked Charles Cecil if she could try out for the role after a string of applicants Cecil regarded as unsuitable.
  • Deleted Scene: In The Smoking Mirror, some of the dialogues between George and Miguel were cut out in the final release due to not being suitable to the game.
    • In The Sleeping Dragon, one of the cutscenes featuring Petra returning to Susarro's castle via car has been removed. It can be viewed in the game's data files.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: A few examples in the early games, but unfortunately averted in the third.
    • Also, a lot of the random junk you could examine in the original is taken out in the Director's Cut, averting it here as well. A lot of the time, it really is just some funny observations or unimportant descriptions. But an entire character gets cut at one point.
    • At one point in Sleeping Dragon you find a "large iron key" twenty feet away from a "large iron gate". Response to using one on the other: "There was no reason to try that"... A Red Herring is one thing, but you'd think it could at least get a unique line of dialogue.
  • Executive Meddling: The Sleeping Dragon and The Angel of Death had a fair share of meddlings. Revolution wanted to create those games in 2D but publishers demanded that they should be in 3D.
    • As for the third game, the reason why there are lots of crate puzzles is that there's a lack of general time and funding pressures to create the game.
  • Franchise Zombie: The series had originally been designed as a trilogy with The Sleeping Dragon intended as the finale, but fans persuaded to create another sequel which was The Angel of Death. The fan reception, however had negative to mixed reviews after its release.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Richard Langham is Kian Alvane.
  • Name's the Same: The name Ultar has been used in Revolution's previous games. In Lure Of The Temptress, he's a drunkard customer in Turnvale. In Beneath a Steel Sky, his name is written in crayon on one of the closets in security's headquarters.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: In The Serpent's Curse, ten fans had an opportunity to interview George by sending their questions via voicemail. The interview is an Easter Egg that can be found in Castell del Sants.
  • The Other Darrin: Several secondary characters whose original voice actors were either dead or unavailable.
    • The most notable is Nico's English voice. She has been voiced by a different actress in each game: Hazel Ellerby in The Shadow of the Templars and Director's Cut, Jenny Caron Hall in The Smoking Mirror, Sarah Crook in The Sleeping Dragon, Katherine Pageon in The Angel of Death (also known as Secrets of the Ark), and Emma Tate in The Serpent's Curse.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Rolf Saxon and Hazel Ellerby are friends and schoolmates in real life. Hazel reprised her role as Nico for Director's Cut.
  • Release Date Change: The PC version of The Serpent's Curse episode two was supposed to be released in January 2014 but moved to March 2014. The game bumped ahead again to April 2014.
  • Talking to Himself: In the second game, Rolf Saxon also voices a goat in Quaramonte City.
    • In Director's Cut, Hazel Ellerby plays both as Nico and Imelda Carchon.
  • Voices in One Room: In The Sleeping Dragon, the voices were recorded with the voice actors together enabling better acting and interaction.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Nico was originally planned to die at the end of Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror. Fortunately, that idea was scrapped.
    • Duane and Pearl were supposed to make another appearance in The Sleeping Dragon, but they weren't present due to time constraints and game design problems.
    • The concept art for Nico in the third game is similar to her appearance in the previous game. However, it was changed due to the fans thinking it unsuitable in 3D graphics.
    • The Sleeping Dragon was supposed to be released on Gamecube but it was cancelled.
    • Word of Saint Paul reveals the unreleased GBA version of The Smoking Mirror in his blog.
    • There are two unused characters in The Serpent's Curse. One is a young man wearing an apron and another is an old man who wears an eyepatch.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Broken Sword Wiki.
  • Write What You Know: La Liberté (a newspaper company where Nico works at) was inspired by Le Monde.
  • Write Who You Know: One of the minor characters of The Shadow of the Templars Albert the Concierge was inspired by a concierge who shouted at Charles to not to make so much noise in forecourt at night and then started ranting about the English.