Touché: The Adventures of the Fifth Musketeer
Touché: The Adventures of the Fifth Musketeer

* Part 1: The Story of the Fifth Musketeer

* Part 2: Interview with the Graphic Artist: Teoman Irmak

* Part 3: Touché, Ben Daglish, Jacques Offenbach and Clipper Software

Background of the "fifth" musketeer

The title of the game refers to the novel "Les Trois Mousquetaires" ("The Three Musketeers", published in 1844), the first part of a series of three novels by Alexandre Dumas Sr.

Alexandre Dumas Sr.
In Dumas' original story, the young D'Artagnan arrives in Paris at the tender age of 18, and almost immediately offends three musketeers, Porthos, Aramis, and Athos. Instead of duelling, the four are attacked by five of the guards of Cardinal Richelieu, and the courage of the youth is made apparent during the battle. The four become fast friends, and, when asked by D'Artagnan's landlord to find his missing wife, embark upon an adventure that takes them across both France and England in order to thwart the plans of the Cardinal Richelieu. Along the way, they encounter a beautiful young spy, simply named Milady, who will stop at nothing to disgrace Queen Anne of Austria before her husband, Louis XIII, and take her revenge upon the four friends.1

So the fourth musketeer (in the end) is D'Artagnan. None of them play an important part in the game. Porthos and Aramis aren't mentioned, but you will meet Athos and D'Artagnan in the courtyard of the headquarters of the musketeers in Rouen.

That is all; they don't contribute anything to the story. The main character in the game is a new musketeer (Geoffroi Le Brun), and as there are already four musketeers, he must be "the fifth musketeer".

Dumas' story starts "On the first Monday of the month of April, 1625". However, the game is situated in France 1562. So Geoffroi is in fact a musketeer "avant la lettre", and as the player will see his adventures differ completely from D'Artagnan's adventures. There are some other surprises in the game too: the player will meet Alexandre Dumas himself and Michaelangelo Da Vinci, a nephew of Leonardo.

A few comments

Touché got a script that includes aspects of a comedy. Its humor is partly based on simple techniques, like the use of name pun, for instance: Charles Cole (the blacksmith); William de Peuple (Will of the People); or Captain Pleinforce ("Plein de force", enough power).

There are many other examples of wordplay. For example, the password for Fiffi - a prostitute who secretly makes a living in Madame Fleur's "Flowershop" in Le Mans - is "Venus Flytrap", and when Henri has to wear a habit to be able to enter a bell tower in a monastery, Geoffroi says "Don't scratch, it is a filthy habit".

Another traditional comedy technique is the use of Henri as a sidekick, like it is done in other games, for instance the robot Joey in Beneath A steel Sky (1994), Arthur in Buried in Time (1995) and Mossop - also a manservant - in The Gene Machine (1996).

Piers Featherstonehaugh & Mossop
As sidekick, Henri's role is mainly to "serve" ironic and sarcastic comments, such as "Whatever you wish, Master" or "Shouldn't you doing some hero stuff by now?"2

A running gag in the game is Henri's desire for food: in every town they visit he makes Geoffroi very aware that he is hungry (of course they never use a meal). Another gag is that they carry the dead body of William the Peuple all over France; they never find a priest who is willing to burry it.

Voice of Geoffroi

Voice of Henri


1. The Three Musketeers, The Literature Network.
2. The way Geoffroi addresses Henri might have been more rude though, by treating him for instance as a complete fool and by letting him outsmart his master. For instance, Mossop's master Piers Featherstonehaugh, pronounced "Fanshaw", slams the door in his face at every opportunity.

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(c) All artwork copyright Clipper Software/Teoman Irmak
(c) Text 2020