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Sherlock Holmes: The Secret of the Silver Earring - PC

by Dreamcatcher
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
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2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001DKN5GW
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 7, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,877 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

A GREAT SHERLOCK HOLMES ADVENTURE! At a reception organized in honor of his daughter, Melvyn Bromsby, a rich tycoon, is about to make an important announcement concerning his future business affairs when, all of a sudden, a shot rings out. Sir Bromsby collapses, having suffered a mortal wound to the heart. Use your impressive array of skills to solve this intriguing affair.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes is smarter than you November 16, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
For ten dollars, what an excellent game! From the same voice-acting as Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened and Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis comes the case of the Silver Earring. Holmes and Watson, as in the two 'later' games are played quite well.

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!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good graphics, but SLOW July 1, 2010
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
"Earring" is, in my recollection, the slowest game I've ever played. It's unusually difficult to make your character move, and he's inordinately slow when he does. It also seems to be possible to move only where the game wants you to move, not where YOU want to. I also found the discussion bits (talking with the other characters) to be unusually, and annoyingly, slow, with no way that I could find to speed them up.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating May 25, 2011
By Lucy
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
After playing almost all the Nancy Drew games, Myst games, etc. usually without helps, I found this game to be very annoying. It was hard to navigate around, which became particularly annoying when you have to move quickly and precisely. I had to play certain portions of the game over and over and over just because of the delay in moving where I clicked and then time would run out. I personally like games where I know it can be solved without using a walkthrough and, for me, certain puzzles required use of the walkthrough because the answer made no logical sense (ex)hiding from the dog and watchman - they might see you behind a wagon but not behind a small barrel??). Also the quizes were frustrating at times because it doesn't tell you which question is incorrect and some of the questions can be interpreted different ways. I'm pretty sure I recognized the exact same graphics for a certain location from another sherlock holmes game! You will have some fun, but will probably have to use the walkthrough. I think for having the name 'Sherlock Holmes' this game should just be higher quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery January 14, 2009
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
We liked this game. We are used to playing Nancy Drew so it is a little difficult, at first, manuvering. I think the game overall is a little more difficult to solve than a Nancy Drew. It was still fun and had good graphics.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but there are problems October 14, 2010
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I just finished playing the "Silver Earring" for the first time. I have to say that it is quite addictive as I started it at 12am and didn't stop playing it until 7am! I didn't even realize that I had been up for so long until my eyes started to droop. I really liked this game as I felt I was watching a movie to which I could be a part by solving the mysteries. However, as usual, I am always outwitted by Sherlock Holmes because I had no idea who the real murderer was and I was very surprised when the true identity of the murderer was revealed as I had him pegged for someone else.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Save At Cement Factory December 1, 2012
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This adventure game was a well done Sherlock Holmes story with mostly well done voice overs. Nice graphics. Good appropriate music (gets repetitive after awhile). As some reviews stated, it is hard to move Holmes sometimes.
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
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good if you can stand a little irritation
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 more
Published 2 months ago by Lisa G.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not CD-ROM its DVD-ROM
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Published 3 months ago by Ulaine (Elaine) C. Daley
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
to confusing. returned it.
Published 4 months ago by Patricia Clemens
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like it
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 7 months ago by nes
3.0 out of 5 stars Good graphics but a lot of information to keep track of.
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 more
Published 12 months ago by SAZS
1.0 out of 5 stars Glitch in the game
The game has a glitch. After numerous attempts of trying to install the game and un-stalling. I finally gave up.
Published 14 months ago by renee
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Awesome!!!
This game was awesome. I recommend it to anyone who is a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and his mysteries.
Published 17 months ago by Aaron Crisler
4.0 out of 5 stars Really fun Sherlock game!
This game is miles better than Mystery of the Mummy. The voice acting is generally good, and I really like the plot and the investigating. Read more
Published on August 4, 2012 by Jesse R. Meehl
2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed logic
I was looking for a decent detective game, and was happy to see this game was more of a hardcore variant right from the start, I even had to write notes as I went along. Read more
Published on May 19, 2012 by Chai
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price!
This game is good for the price. I am a huge fan of point-and-click mystery games, and I did enjoy this game. Read more
Published on May 26, 2011 by Book reader
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