About the Product
- 16 intriguing cases involving mysteries: from theft to espionage to ancient curses and, of course, murder!
- Explore over 40 different beautifully rendered locations in Victorian London.
- Clever storylines and spot-on dialog written in the classic Arthur Conan Doyle style and featuring well known regulars from the original stories.
- Solve dozens of puzzles and minigames in this hidden object adventure where you search for relevant clues, not random objects.
- Sherlock Holmes is first game officially licensed by the Conan Doyle Estate
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Top Customer Reviews
the mechanics of the game(s) are well done. The puzzle REPETITION is truly the limiting factor for a this game.
Each case starts with a little introduction from the characters (voice acting is alright, not the best, could be worse), and from there you go to a location in London where a crime was committed. Each crime scene consists of the same 2 elements: a "compare this scene with the one from the day before," where you find things in one half of the screen that are different from the same scene on the other half. Imagine the back of a Highlights magazine, and there it is. The next element is a "find these items in this scene," where you have to find everything listed on the side of the screen in the room you are looking at. Hunt and peck, pixel hunt, find the four scraps of paper, or three lock-picking tools, etc. Within those activities, you might find a little puzzle, such as putting together some scraps of paper that were torn up to see what the note says, or putting broken gems back into a cats collar.
Once you finish these screens, you go back to Baker Street and play a game of sorting the suspects (sort of like the game Guess Who?, you sort the characters according to characteristics like beards, glasses, etc) and then play a small game of memory to reveal the culprit.
There is no problem solving, there is no note taking, there is no thought whatsoever. The crime is solved by your 5th grade puzzle solving techniques, and that is that. Once you finish, Holmes explains the crime, and that is that.
It's a fun little game to kill some time, but don't expect to wrack your brain over a case, but do expect some eye strain: trying to find those items can mean lots of time with your face inches from your computer screen squinting.
This game is fun, but I do regret paying $20 for it as it barely lasted two days for playing all the way through! All but one of the mini-games are very easy for an adult.
It is a good game for just relaxing, though, because search-and-find games don't need computation powers, etc. I rated it a FIVE for fun and a FOUR overall - that is, what I would call average overall. Another reviewer recommended another series with more levels, and I think I'll try that next.
That said, I do want to mention that you can challenge yourself in this game to better your time and overall score - so it is good for replay in that way. You get bonus points for this or that, and you get points deducted for this or that. Plus you are timed. So there are several ways to improve your overall scoring in the game. I retried one of the 20 games, as I had gotten stuck finding one item the first time. The second time through, a few of the items to be found changed, so I still had to "work"!
I like that the game is not too hard and you can take a break and play a chapter without getting frustrated. You get a feeling of accomplishment when you get through.
My Mom is a senior and I am going to get this game for her for Christmas. I think the older PC game players will really get a lot from this game. It's just enough to work your brain and isn't overly complicated with the puzzles. It also has very enjoyable background classical music.
You can play the chapters over again to try to beat your previous scores.
Fun game - get out your magnifying glass and give it a try!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes is too boring to play. Compare two pics and find what's different or missing. Rearrange the pieces into order. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mr. Math Expert
Will install this week-end. Will always have fun with anything Sherlock Holmes. I also had an app on my phone, so I decided to buy.Published on June 19, 2014 by Ariesme
Sadly the disc was damaged and I couldn't prove that it came that way, then it was stolen. Joke is on the thief, it doesn't work. But I do recommend this game to mystery lovers.Published on February 10, 2013 by Jaime Childers
Most things I Review I say yep or nope. So I’m short about 19 0r so words for your review.Published on November 26, 2012 by Stephen Duesler
I've been enjoying the game very much. Did have to go get a patch from the web to help it run. That was the only hitch. Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by crossstitcher
You might need to get a patch from Legacy games to play it on your pc.I had to on vista.Published on June 21, 2010 by B. A. Risk
I can't say enough great things about this game--somehow it manages to take the best of the old Sherlock Holmes stories (the quirky mysteries, finding objects) and eliminate the... Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by Bored Girl