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Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened
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- User-Friendly Interface - Scour stunning environments and interrogate suspects with a click of the mouse
- Total Immersion - Striking audiovisuals and gripping encounters will send shivers up your spine.
- Intuitive Puzzles - From physics-based mindbenders to logical conundrums, solutions are elementary
- Living World - Interact with over 60 mysterious characters and hundreds of clues and objects
- Live the Legend - From Deerstalker cap to magnifying glass, become the world's most sought-after detective
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The beast: it is so linear it hurts; you can't go ahead and pick up something you know you are going to need; once I typed an answer using the spelling in the clues and it wasn't accepted
I don't mind spending a lot of time solving puzzles; but I do mind spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to tell the game what I want to do. Not that this is new. It was the same in the old text adventures where you were in a maze of twisty passages all alike. Deja vu.
For most the game you play as Sherlock Holmes in the late 1890's. The game takes place after Holmes' "death" at the Reichbad Falls, and his later re-apperance. Your task as Holmes seems simple at first. Watson wants you to chat with a patient of his. The patient reveals that his Maori servant has run off and from there the chase is on!
The plot line is a bit complicated but begins to make sense as the game progresses. What is truly interesting is the Cthulhu element to the game! It is well done and suitably mysterious. People with no idea about Lovecraftian lore might in fact be totally baffled by some of the events in the game. For those who are well versed in the Old Ones, the story line is a particular treat with plenty of homages to Lovecraft.
Gameplay is smooth enough but has a few issues. Namley, there is no bobbing as you walk. Much like the old first person shooter games, motion sickness can occur. Most of the puzzles involving objects are easy enough, but at times you need to double back to areas and pick up items you weren't allowed to pick up before. It would have been nicer if the game spared you the doubling back because whenever one gets stuck in the game, they can't help but wonder..."Do I need to go back somewhere?" Usually the answer is "no", but not always. At one point during the game, Holmes has to chase after a thief.Read more ›
The puzzles were not obscure and nonsensical like many games. I used what I learned from the game and didn't have to rely heavily on "cheat sights" like I have with other games to solve the puzzles.
One glitch is that you have to move just right to go some places.
I really enjoyed the eerie atmosphere and the gore. The graphics are great and the story is easy to follow. Great locations. Quick moving. I recommend this highly if you love a good spooky mystery.
The graphics are pretty decent, although the townspeople do seem to enjoy walking about in circles.
There are frequent and graphic scenes of torture, mutilation, dismemberment, murder and suicide. Granted, the graphics aren't good enough to make any of this truly frightening, but the ideas introduced turned my stomach a few times. Parts are just gruesome. Toss in alcoholism, prostitution and a passing reference from a madam about Holmes and Watson "giving each other a hand" and it's a game that lives up to its M rating.
Be prepared to work at this game. The puzzles aren't that difficult, but the linear play is infuriating. After spending a great deal of time searching every nook and cranny, you have to go back over the entire scene because you forgot to look at a footprint! It doesn't matter that you've seen four other prints, or that this particular print offers no new information--if you didn't "notice" it, you can't progress in the game.
The nit-picking often distracted me from the storyline. Perhaps this is why the game seemed more like unconnected scenes of gratuitous violence rather than a cohesive story to me. Still, now that I've finished the game and gone over the story details, I have to say that at least 80% of the gore is just that-gratuitous. Ditto with the adult themes.
Holmes and Watson are true to character and I found the acting rather good. It's a shame that they were put into such deplorable circumstances.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Up until the latest installment of the Sherlock Holmes series (Crimes and Punishment), this game used to be my favorite of the series. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Timoteo
Awful. Very old software. In todays age software makers should not be selling games that are not up to date.Published on January 18, 2013 by Betty Clark
Rec'd quickly in the mail in a secure package however haven't been able to check it out on my computer so cannot comment on whether it works or not. Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by kathy06521
This is the third Frogwares Sherlock game I've played, and it is the best so far.
It is an original story, quite creepy, with challenging puzzles that (mostly) make... Read more
I am a huge fan of point-and-click mystery games. I played Sherlock Holmes: The Secret of the Silver Earring and thoroughly enjoyed it. THIS game, was very different. Read morePublished on May 26, 2011 by Book reader
Seems like I'm going against the majority oppinion by saying this game was actually very good. Personally, I would have never thought of mixing Lovecraft with Sherlock Holmes, but... Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by Bre
I picked this up as part of a Sherlock Holmes box set, rated E - M. That's an amazing range for a single series, I must say. Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Minzoku Bokumetsu
I bought this game and installed it on my computer (Vista) that usually has no problems running games. However, the game refused to run, it did not even contained the exe file. Read morePublished on December 4, 2009 by The Muvian