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First of all, curb your expectations. How some could compare a $40 Frogwares game to a $60 Rockstar game is beyond me. The graphics look outdated, and it doesn't have the tightest controls but make no mistake, this is a great game. The game plays out by going to crime scenes to investigate. You will discover clues then make deductions based on those clues. An example would be seeing footprints, measuring the sizes and types of shoes, then deducing how many people were involved. After you collect all the clues and make all of your deductions, you will conclude all this with an overarching theory. Sprinkled in each of the crime scenes are puzzles that can be very difficult. Luckily, if you get too frustrated you can simulate the solving of the puzzle. This allows you to skip it but see how to solve it. The story is excellent as well and you would think it came right from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. So, to summarize, if you like puzzle adventure games, and especially if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes (the original stories not the movies), then this game is a must. 8 overall but if you're a Sherlock fan a 9.
I've never played any of the other Sherlock Holmes games, nor do I know too much about his stories. That said, as a fan of adventure/mystery/thriller games, I had a great time playing this.
This game reminded me of titles like L.A. Noire, Professor Layton and even a bit of Phoenix Wright. You play as both Sherlock and his partner Watson as they put together clues and solve London's most bizarre mysteries. There's absolutely no action or fighting on the player's part whatsoever, but I honestly didn't even care. The story is intriguing and the game hard to put down since you'll keep wanting to know what happens next.
There are, however, a few minor things that keep this game from being amazing. First, and most annoyingly, Sherlock always seems to get stuck in place whenever he opens a door. For a few seconds, I just couldn't move him. I'd wiggle the control stick until he somehow broke free of his paralysis.
Second, some of the puzzles are extremely difficult, and I like challenging puzzles. Worse, the puzzles usually have no instructions. Half the time, you don't know what you're trying to accomplish. Fortunately, you can skip a puzzle if you can't solve it (this will cause you to miss out on an achievement, though).
Graphics are fine, but nothing extraordinary. The sound seems a bit off. Sherlock's footsteps sound too loud at times, and his feet make an odd scraping noise when he turns in place. The same music track seems to play throughout most of the game, but if it annoys you, you can turn it off. The character's voices aren't bad at all.
There's also no autosave, so be prepared to save your game often. I recommend keeping at least two or three backup saves handy just in case.
It's not too long, about 10 hours, maybe more if you don't cheat and look up the puzzle solutions online. In short, the game does have problems, but in a market starved of similar titles, it's at least worth a rent.