On a warm evening in May 1897, Sherlock Holmes, accompanied
by Dr. Watson, arrives at a party in the fabulous Sherringford
Hall. It was rumoured that the host, Sir Melvyn Bomsby, a
construction tycoon was to make an announcement of great importance
concerning the future of his business. At 11pm people began
to crowd around the bar in anticipation as Sir Bromsby and
his chief associate Hermann Grimble took to the stage. Barley
had he begun to welcome his guests when Sir Bromsby fell to
the floor, a darkening red stain visible on his tuxedo right
above his heart. Holmes decides not to wait for the police
before beginning his investigation. The game is afoot...
people would give anything to pop a deerstalker on their head,
stick a pipe in their mouths and partake in the consumption
of an illegal narcotic (surely you knew Holmes was a junkie).
Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring gives you the chance
to do just that... Well maybe not quite, but is does allow
you to become one of the world's greatest fictional sleuths
as you set about trying to work out who dunnit in this point
and click adventure.
game offers an interesting variation on the standard adventure
game. However, this may also prove to be one of it's main
problems, or strongest assets - depending on what you are
expecting from this game. This game is split into various
levels. You have to collect as much evidence as possible,
go back to 221b Baker Street and analyse all your evidence.
At the end of each segment you are given a test and must answer
questions with a simple "yes" or "no".
If you succeed you get to progress onto the next level, if
not... then you're going to have to start all over again and
reanalyse all clues in order to progress to the next level.
amateur sleuths will no doubt love the challenge, rightly
so. But, those who like to rattle through games using only
a smidgen of deductive reasoning will find this very frustrating
- you really do have to spend a lot of time and effort checking
out everything in each level, as it's very easy to miss clues.
Not only that, but a lot of clues are extremely difficult
to uncover - you'll probably only stumble upon them by accident.
Holmes: The Case of The Silver Earring could
have been the perfect game for all of those amateur sleuths
out there. But, thanks to some frustratingly slow gameplay,
what should have been a must buy game ends up being just good.
Having said that, this is still one of the best adventure
games on the market.
game also comes complete with a DVD copy of Sherlock Holmes
and the Secret Weapon starring Basil Rathbone.
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