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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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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Release date August 7, 2008
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Product Dimensions 5.6 x 5 x 0.6 inches
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By Richard P. Marsden on November 16, 2008
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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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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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. Mine had a few bugs in it though, which is probably why it was a couple bucks. The game would not allow me to read one of the documents in the first level, so I had a lot of trouble getting past it. Finally, after redoing the first level a couple times in different orders, the game let me move on without reading the document. For me, this game was impossible to get through without numerous walkthroughs, because the puzzles didn't really make any sense.

Also, in the version I got, the dog at the cement factory goes in a different direction from the dog in all the walkthroughs. Since this level is difficult enough as it is, I found this very frustrating. I finally noticed that in one of the walkthroughs on YouTube, there appeared to be a glitch where the dog made sort of a jerky movement, and immediately following that was when Sherlock ran for the door. The dog made the same jerky movement in my version, so I decided to make Sherlock run for the door at that point, and it finally worked. So if you're stumped on this level, pay attention to the jerky movement the dog makes.

Despite these annoyances and others, I really enjoyed playing this game. Although the puzzles made little sense, the storyline itself was perfectly logical and very well thought-out, and I was very disappointed that I didn't really solve the mystery. I should have spent a little more time going over the evidence, because once Sherlock explained it, everything was of course perfectly obvious. (I did figure out who shot Bromsby, but the plot was so complex that that ended up being almost a minor detail.
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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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