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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2012
If you a fan of Sherlock Holmes or adventure games then this game is a must-buy title. The voice acting is excellent and it is easy to lose yourself in the detailed environments. A lot of love has gone into the design with nods to fans of the books scattered throughout the rooms of 221B Baker Street.

The game is enjoyably challenging and makes you feel like Holmes as the mystery unfolds. Some puzzles can be frustrating but there is an optional 'skip puzzle' command if you are truly stuck. Personally, using this option was not as much fun compared to the satisfying feeling of solving it on your own.

After searching a particular location there is a deduction board which allows you to review all the clues discovered and draw conclusions based on them. The branching questions and answers on the board lead to the solution. It's a brilliant game mechanic.

The only issue I have with the game is character movement. The animations can be stiff and there are also infrequent problems with poor navigation along walls and near doors. This may turn some gamers off but I found it to be only a minor distraction from the tightly woven and engaging story.

I can't get enough as a fan of Holmes and adventure games. I am only mildly ashamed to admit that I spent nearly seven hours straight playing the game on the release day. I still haven't finished it and the great thing is that there are still many hours to be spent with Holmes and Watson.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2012
I like the game and i've never even read any of the books. Definitely an intellectual aspect to each of the challenges you face, much better than some other games where you appear to just plod around for "secret" items. You are provided a series of questions that force you to deduce what has occurred around you. Once there has been some decision, you can proceed. A hint system is available to provide some guidance, but it's much more fun to ignore it and use your own wits.

You need to step into Watson's shoes at times to perform some somewhat pointless tasks which is a little odd considering the game centers around the good detective. It's a bother, but it doesn't take away from the overall gameplay enough to sink the game.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2012
I was barely a teenager when I got my first Sherlock Holmes game. The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes flashed on my screen. With the newly sound blaster pro installed in my computer I was amazed by the real voices that spoke along with the cutscenes. Adventure games had really come along way in just the matter of years. From Space quest to kings quest many of these games helped define what a good adventure could be, and pave the way for many of the game that we enjoy today. And one of the first games to not only take advantage of the latest sound cards but to bring in actor dialog was the early Sherlock Holmes adventures. So when I heard of this title was in development I had a mix of expectations. For one I knew it was quite possible this game could bring something new the table. Show case a new way to present an adventure game. I also knew that could be the opposite since many of the past Sherlock games have been just like the previous ones. Different murders, different suspects and puzzles, but same ole game play style. Regardless I expected it to be good.
And I wasn't disappointed. Was the controls impressive. No I think those could be tweaked some. Nothing in the controls made me want to throw the controller across the room, but it was clunky at times. Some of the animation seemed it could easily be from an earlier era. But my expectation was not expecting such perfection as one would buying say from games like God of War. I am enjoying the hunt just as much as I did at 13. Though I have noticed some filler activities it never felt too forced upon the player. This game is not ground beaking in any sense, it doesn't need to be. I believe this has a true feel of the characters in the original books. If you are even just slightly a Holmes or a mystery fan this is worth a try. I would never go on to claim game of the year, but this is a pleasant addition to my game collection.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2012
Whenever a new not so high budget game gets released, people tend to stay as far as they can from getting it because of how low the production value can be. Yes, the game doesn't have the best graphics though t is still beautiful to look at and it does lack a lot in animation department, but it does have the best game story this year in addition to a very well written script and top notch voice acting for the main characters. It is one of the best games I have played this year.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2012
I love Sherlock Holmes. I grew up on the books and I loved watching the PBS show with my grandmother. I was really excited for this game, and while I love the intricate puzzles and the story, the rest of the game play isn't great. There are targeting issues in the game as in if you're not directly in front of an item or if you're even an inch away from it, you can't pick up the item. The inventory menu is very clunky and not user friendly. The deduction board is also awkward to use and practically frustrating at times. There are odd jolting camera angles as well and sometimes there are odd hiccup glitches before a cutscene starts.
So the game is okay, but not great and it could have been which is why I'm a little disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
Even though this game is 1 player my husband and I played it together and really enjoyed it. It was fun working together on the puzzles and the deduction boards. I enjoyed the game from start to finish. My only complaint is that towards the end of the game it started getting glitchy. Holmes/Watson would try to walk through closed doors if you clicked to open a door they were standing close to. Also, we had to load from a save point because Watson was standing in the doorway and we could not get around him or get him to move out of the way. This was the only frustrating part but overall we really enjoyed the game. There isn't any replay value but it was fun while it lasted!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
I really enjoy playing this game. Even though i had not heard of it i still decided to buy it and was very happy i did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
I am one that loves most puzzle game. I like a combination of open world gamplay mixed with problem solving and clue hunting. This game looked to embody the genre nicely. I appreciated the ambition that the producers approached this product with, and had the budget been larger, and the programmers more skilled, this might have been a killer game.

The game while thought out well, is frequently marred by game glitches and freezes. Dilalogue is buggy with the voices cutting out at times. The very limited free roam aspect of the game is spoiler by difficult, buggy controls. An example would be that the characters frequently get stuck in doorways and poor turning can make it hard to get un-stuck. The buggy, glitchy controls rips the player right out of the experience.

The puzzles are tough. If you enjoy a challenge in this area, you shouldn't be disappointed, however you will have to endure quite a few aggravations to get to them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
I have played all but one of the games in this series. The last one, Sherlock Holmes Vs. Jack the Ripper, I thought was quite well done, especially because its story was so faithful to real events regarding the Ripper. Although I enjoyed the previous game, I had some critiques and I felt that for this game, most of them were fixed. The puzzles, although challenging, were not so difficult that they frustrated me. There was only one that I had to look up the exact solution to because, alas, my math ability is almost nil. I did also get a few hints on other puzzles just to point me in the right direction (as, this is how this puzzle works, not the solution itself). I enjoyed the puzzles because they challenged me but didn't make me annoyed. I also thought the character skins were not as repetitive--people finally looked like individuals. There was one old woman skin that turned up a lot, but that just made me giggle every time I saw her rather than being bored with her. I also liked that they got rid of the "get me this and then I'll tell you this." I always thought Holmes would have been annoyed being a ping pong ball. So, my complaints for the previous game were fixed. Now, for the game on its own merits:

Pros: -Great story! The story was compelling. I just wanted to keep playing to see what was going to happen, especially near the end. I played for many hours straight, finishing it in three days. (There was one event that just floored me and I HAD to keep playing to see if it would be resolved).
-We got to meet people from previous games--it was fun to see them again and find out what they were up to.
-Playing as Toby--What a fun part of the game! As someone who has read and adored all the Holmes stories, this was just too much fun. (After I got through with Toby, I actually felt weird since I was tall again :-D).
-At first, I didn't really like the little children reading the story (I agree they look odd), but they grew on me and I was glad to see that they eventually tied into the story.
-The ending--I know some people really hate the end, but it made me teary and I liked where they went with it. It was a good twist, I thought. Yes, it brings up more questions, but it pushes Holmes' character forwards and I like that.

Cons: -There was one time that Watson just up and went somewhere without any explanation but "I decided to go here," and here was such a strange place to decide to go to. It would have made more sense if he at least received a cryptic message or something telling him to go there.
-I didn't like the "Sixth Sense" recharge. I guess the point was to make you look around a little more by yourself, but it was just annoying having to wait for it to recharge so I could get an obscure hot spot I missed. Some of the hot spots just weren't clear or intuitive.
-The game leaves you with questions. Although I like the story, it felt like they ran out of time at the end and didn't explain some plot points because they didn't have time. I have figured out probable answers to several of my questions, however.

Final Evaluation: This is a game I will play again. For me, story is more important than anything and the story was so good in this one, I would definitely spend the time to enjoy it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2012
This game is no big-budget blockbuster like the Downey Jr. films that have made waves in recent years. Therefore, it's a got a slower pace and a different target audience, and clearly doesn't concern itself with mass appeal. The game's look and feel, in particular the characterizations of Holmes and Watson, are modeled distinctly after the Granada TV series starring Jeremy Brett and David Burke as Holmes and Watson, respectively. The ebb and flow of the cases is quite engaging, and the variety of interactive puzzles, objectives, and events are pure fun. Poking around 221B reveals a number of homages to the Doyle canon, which will bring smiles to the devout Sherlockian. If you're looking for an action-packed adventure targeting ADD-diagnosed adolescents, you're going to hate this game. If you're looking for something fun, intelligent, and familiar to those who have read all of Doyle's original Holmes material, you're in for a real treat. Takes a case or two to really get used to how things work, but once you do it's pure joy. The game is afoot!
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