Fans of adventure games in the 21st century should at least understand German - it's the original language of every other game in the genre nowadays. And not all of them get translated as quickly as today's pick. Baphomet's Fluch 2.5 known to the non-German world as Broken Sword 2.5: The Return of the Templars is a faithful fan-made addition to the Broken Sword series that attempts to link the second and the third episodes.

George Stobbart finds himself in trouble again: a mysterious telegram saying that Nicole Collard is dead summons him to Paris from the USA. On arrival George sees Nico alive and well but acting odd. She's not at all happy to see the old friend, and soon George learns that Nico's been hanging out with the Neo-Templars, who are up to something evil again.

As George you get to visit lots of locations - both new and a number of redrawn oldies. Also expect tons of references to the previous games of the series. Voices are German (and sound surprisingly good) but English subs are included.

The humour is mostly funny. "Mostly", because offering a "pick up" icon as the only way of interacting with a building and then making jokes at the player who tries to do so (as if one has any choice) isn't really fair.

Haven't finished the game yet but the puzzles seem rather clear and logical. Just don't forget that right-clicking items in the inventory is sometimes necessary. To make things easier the few hotspots on each screen are highlighted when you press Space.

Name: Broken Sword 2.5: The Return of the Templars
Developer: Mindfactory
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 700MB

In other news:
There has been some movement on the Day of The Tentacle 2 website (German). Now the ticker system displays development progress.