25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2010
My husband picked this up whilst we were trading in some games as he thought I might enjoy it. Didn't know much about it, but looked quite good, and the staff also rated it. I'm so pleased with my hubby. Have just immersed myself in it and felt compelled to come on and write a review. Yes, some of the accents are rather dubious. Yes, the DS could have handled this (and possibly felt less clumsy). Yes, it is clearly not going to be everyone's game of choice. But as I stretched out on the sofa not wanting to be overwhelmed by a fast action game, I have to say I felt he'd found me a real little gem. If you like puzzle or even heavy story led games, this may well be worth a look, especially now it is cheap.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This game would have been better on Nintendo DS and was a waste of Xbox power. It is essentially a very linear point and click mystery on the lines of Broken Sword with graphics and frustrating moments to match. Hot spots appear with a magnifying glass or hand icon and items can be combined in the itinerary to make tools to solve the puzzles. The game is dialogue based (in various rather dodgy "cockney" accents). The controls are clumsy and require you to toggle between the pointers which are a bit of a hit and miss affair.
However, I was aware of this type of game when I bought it and have played it to the end and thoroughly enjoyed it!
The puzzles are tricky to solve and even the instructions can be a mystery in themselves. The story line was good and resolves itself well as you use the map to travel between the Police Station, Brothel, Clinic, Pet Shop, etc. gathering evidence and making deductions which lead to tracking down the ruthless killer.
The game took around 6 hours to play through and the reward...
1000 gamer points!
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2010
This game was very enjoyable. No, its not a "crash bang wallop, look at the special effects on that" type of game and some of the accents (especially the Baker Street irregulars)leave a lot to be desired. The thing I enjoyed about it was the pace of the game, you can actually go through the clues and puzzles in your own time without things exploding or bullets whizzing past your head whilst all the time listening to Sherlock (well, obviously not but!) playing the violin in the background. The puzzles do take a bit of working out and were quite testing (this may just be me being a little slow, who knows?). The Rippers murders were fascinating, and quite factual. The result of the Rippers identity at the end was quite plausible. The best accent/look was Watson, he sounded and looked just like Edward Hardwicke from the Holmes TV series starring Jeremy Brett.
If you like a game that allows you time to pop the kettle on, gets the grey cells working and doesn't blow your ears off, you could do a lot worse than this.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I read the other reviews on this game before buying it, and decided to take the plunge as a/the game was pretty cheap on amazon and b/ i wanted a change from all the games i have been playing recently.
This is definitely different to most of the 360 games out there at the moment, and although it is not the best adventure game you will ever play, it is certainly not the worst either!
The plot basically involves Sherlock Holmes trying to hunt down the infamous Jack the Ripper by applying his relentless logic to the crimes that have taken place. You get to play as both Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson and have various tasks to perform and complete during the game. From doing favours for some characters so that you can earn more information, or studying the crime scene, and even making deductions on the identity of Jack, this game has just enough variety to make the game interesting. You can play the game in either third person or first person and can switch at any time between the two perspectives. There are nods to the books in here as well, for those of you who are fans - Holmes makes a great comment about a deerstalker towards the end....
But is it any good? Well, there are definite plus points and some definite flaws too.
The negatives are the length of the game - it comes in at about 5/6 hours of playing time, and there is no real replay value, so if you are going to buy this game, you really do not want to be paying anywhere near the normal 360 price of a game - £40. I purchased this for £12-£15 and didn't feel shortchanged by it.
It is also a bit too linear as well, and it would have been nice to have a bit more of an 'open' feel to it too. A bit more interaction with local people would have been nice, or even some optional side quests. Graphically, it can be a bit bland in places, and as for the voice acting........ oh gosh, it is pretty bad in places (though Holmes and Watson are okay).
But, the good points now! If you like Sherlock Holmes or have been interested in Jack the Ripper then this will definitely interest you. The developers have taken time to come up with a plausible version of events of the Whitechapel Murders and it is interesting to see where their conclusions take this game. I liked the whole idea of collecting evidence and theories and then trying to come up with conclusions to all the ideas presented. And most of all, i liked the fact that this was different to anything i have played on the 360. It was a nice break away from all the mainstream genres that are around at the moment.
All in all, it is a good game to play between other titles to give you a break, and if you like adventure games, then this is a must to own. The controls are easy to pick up and use despite this being a console game. It won't take you long to complete, but you will enjoy it whilst it lasts - just whatever you do, don't pay too much for it!
If the developer had taken a bit more time and care, this could have been a great game with better voice acting, a bit more depth and originality, improved graphics etc... As it is i would say it is worth 4 stars as although the game isn't perfect, i enjoyed it immensely.
Finally - achievement points. This is one of the easiest games to pick up the 1000 gamer points. There are only 4 missable ones, and the rest are all story related! Piece of cake!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2011
Seriously, try this game, don't "avoid it at all costs" as another reviewer says. This game is very well written, nicely presented and ingeniously scripted. It's much more than just a 'point and click' adventure.
I have read and loved Sherlock Holmes since a kid and also been fascinated by the Ripper story and this game is a brilliant and very artful combination of the two. It also features many real life references to actual Ripper suspects, which is a nod to those with some prior knowledge of the case.
I'm very glad I didn't listen to the bad reviews here. How can such an original and nicely presented game can get 8 one star reviews? You investigate, read (I think there lies the answer) and deduce, not chase Jack around at high speed on a horse firing uzis or something... I feel compelled to stand up for this game - It is for patient gamers, thinkers and anyone looking for a well-made, literate Victorian adventure game on the 360 (it's probably the only one). Remember it's not a mega budget title, and for trying something different in a marketplace crowded with copies of the same tired old genres, this deserves credit. It appears that most haters haven't looked beyond the game's lack of polish and just dismissed it out of hand. Shame.
The design of the puzzles is very unique and interesting, including the need to re-read interviews and making you deduce and think and sleuth. There are logic, deduction and murder reconstruction puzzles. The graphics, while not stunning, convey the dark and dirty streets of Victorian Whitechapel pretty decently. Being able to play from 1st or 3rd person is also a very nice touch. It's not Assassin's Creed, the NPCs are fairly limited in their behaviour and some voice acting is a bit weird - but Holmes and Watson are very well performed.
Also deserving a mention is the music. Trying to unravel a cryptic clue whilst listening to some lovely violin music is not a common experience on the Xbox. The music adds yet more atmosphere to what could have just been a cheap cash-in game - but isn't.
As for being "too graphic for children and too childlike for adults" (as someone here said), I'm a bit of a child and a bit of an adult so am happy with games that mix it up. Why should games be one or the other? "Do you really want to be trying to explain to a ten year old why someone would cut out a woman's uterus" says the same reviewer - Er, why are you letting a 10 year old play a 16 rated game featuring mutilation and prostitution??!
Me and my girlfriend have been stuck into this one, trying to piece all the dark clues together, and thoroughly enjoying it. I notice Gamespot users give it 8/10 on average. Good on them. If you want an intriguing, atmospheric slice of Holmsian fun, you should try this game, but don't expect 'GTA 1888'.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2011
Bought this game to play through with my wife. This one enables us to both follow the story line through and solve the puzzles together. My wife is not a major gaming fan, but it proved great to give us a game we could both enjoy.
Yes, this is linear, you are taken through the story and have to solve the puzzles to move on. For us - that is exactly what we wanted. For others it is not.
There's lots of very (very) gory details so maybe not for the really young. But, by the end of it, we were both wondering if Sherlock another is on the market, and found luckily that there is one out soon.
So, for us, a solid four stars - well done !
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2010
I love games like this. No violence, just good brain testing puzzles and good plot. I enjoy playing games like Broken Sword and the Da Vinci Code and I wish there were more like them. There are loads of games like these for the PC but none on the PS3 and XBox 360 so it was a welcome change for me. If you enjoy puzzles and searching for clues etc this is the game for you. If you prefer blowing peoples brains out dont buy it then complain about it afterwards!
on 9 October 2012
As a fan of open world and action games I wasnt sure what this would be like.
First off, If you expect the film version of sherlock in a Fallout style open world game youll be disapointed.(though that would be awesome)
However the developers have an obvious genuine interest in the subject and character.
on an obvious tight budget theyve re created the squalor of E end victorian london and its envirions well.
Also they have used a great deal of recent forensic and character analysis of the ripper in the case ,and are very true to Holmes as he appears in the origional books.The result is genuinely interesting ,with a methodical elimination of suspects and fact gathering as per Holmes methods.
Not an action title ,but feels more real for that with some genuine atmosphere.
In short excellent value, nice change of pace from COD and more please.
on 11 September 2014
An interesting and very addictive experience - if only to see who the developers main suspect is ( hint : it's one of the leading suspects. (no spoilers here)
Unfortunately , the executed in atrocious. The murder scene where you gather evidence is a major problem, if you do not follow according to the exact script which let's face it the player isn't going to have to hand as you work through the clues, the game will not let you delete your mistakes and you can progress no further in the game. This is a major design flaw and it's shocking that the title ever got released in this state ,but it's worth a play and is a fascinating adventure. The other puzzles are a joke too , very badly designed and implemented, plus the game map does not have an indicator when you examine it to show where you are in the game world.
Huge shame - it had huge potential.
on 17 June 2013
This game has a stunning use of semi drawn images and brilliant computer graphics combined with a thrilling storyline that leaves the player on the edge of their seat! The puzzles, though sometimes quite hard (meaning the player then sometimes feels the need to gain a few tips from the internet) they really test your brain and give a fresh game play. Also the storyline and clue findings are interesting and based on a true story, some graphic details are played down in respect. Also the use of diseases known to dominate Victorian society leaves the player feeling as if they have learned something. The graphics are brilliant and the images of the slums creates an overwhelming sense of actually living in Victorian London. 4/5 stars :)