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Sherlock Holmes: The Secret of the Silver Earring - PC
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- Assume the role of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and meet all the heroes of the novels: Inspector Lestrade, wiggins, Mycroft and many others!
- Investigate 5 murders! Over 40 witnesses to question, 200 clues to uncover and over 25 hours of gameplay to solve the mystery.
- Explore Victorian London, which is magnificently and faithfully reproduced in 3D.
- Between each level Sherlock Holmes sets you a quiz which will validate your progress in the case.
- The adventure is full of vivid cut-scenes to heighten the dramatic aspect of the story.
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I wouldn't ruin the plot but will say this. Plenty of people die and it is up to Holmes to link Brazil, a pillow, cigarettes, a ball-room function, and a young woman's fortune together. Needless to say when the case is resolved, bravo if you figured out who the real culprits were on your own. I for one needed Holmes to explain it to me, using very small words.
Graphic Wise, the game is decent but the human characters are blocky and move like robots.
Music is limited and the later games were far better at including more period sounds.
Movement is a true pain, rather than by arrow key, you must use your mouse cursor to tell Holmes where to go. Normally I would not complain except several times there are cases where swift movement is key, and the game is dreadful at it. There is a situation involving guard dogs, and later a fire, which seems to be the main complaint from users I've found online, and rightfully so!
At the end of each segment, a quiz is given where you must answer questions and link them to evidence. A neat feature except the game is exacting in which evidence you need to use. A few times, the testimony of another would have sufficed.
For ten dollars the game is interesting and not too challenging. The puzzles sadly revolve around little math games. Who does math for fun? If you do, do investigate the other games!
Like the other games you are more a witness to a movie than a real interacting detective. But that is not so bad. Watching Holmes work makes me feel like Watson. I see everything but observe nothing and am amazed by Holmes' conclusion at the end!
There's a lot of potential in this game, but, honestly, I couldn't take much of the hair-pulling slowness. A map option would also be a welcome addition. Captions are provided for the hearing impaired.
The game does have it's problems, though. Several times, there are moments where a fast, stealthy approach are necessary to gain access to different points in the game, but the cursor is monumentally slow in allowing movement. I can't count the number of times I had to click on an object and I would get so irritated because the game would end because I was not fast enough, and I had to reload the game from the saved games. Also, the characters could appear more lifelike. They look very strange and almost cartoonish in a way. I think The Adventure Company should work on their animation.
Nevertheless, it is an intriguing game and should keep you busy for hours, as long as you don't go crazy with the slow movements.
I used a walkthrough (go to gameboomers search under Silver Earring) as I find these games slightly frustrating.
Warning! Even if you do not use a walkthrough, make sure you save the game right after Holmes goes over the wall at the cement factory! After this point, it is a good idea to save the game frequently.
Richard P. Marsden "Sherlock Holmes is smarter than you" is an apt review.
Playtime 8+ hrs
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game is frustrating. The movement is poor. It is difficult to keep track of all the players. Way too many necessary clues are practically invisible. Read morePublished 11 months ago by S. Jewell
I picked this game up for a couple bucks at my favorite daily deal site and figured, why not. I didn't even know if I would work right on Windows 8, but it worked fine. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lisa G.
The help is not very clear, and trying to go from one place to another is hard. You get stuck in the same room going round in circles.Published 21 months ago by nes
There is a lot of dialog. There are tests where you have to cite where you got your answer which is a little too much like homework. My game is defective. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by SAZS
The game has a glitch. After numerous attempts of trying to install the game and un-stalling. I finally gave up.Published on October 6, 2013 by renee
This game was awesome. I recommend it to anyone who is a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and his mysteries.Published on July 10, 2013 by Aaron Crisler