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Average point and click
on 30 June 2011
I came to this after having played several Sherlock games from this company, the last being The Awakened. That was atmospheric, creepy, and challenging. This one, while it still manages to generate a good atmosphere, was actually not as good despite being newer. For one thing much of the problem solving is irrelevant chore-work rather than detection. The story is intensely linear and you are forced to trek round and round locations looking for random objects and puzzles until you have completed the required sequence. Dialogues are repeated again and again until you are sick of them. And some of the problems are simply absurd. The makers also have a bizarre idea of Victorian England and what life was like around Queen Victoria - apparently her maids of honour were allowed to dress like streetwalkers and behave like them too. The idea of Holmes up against Arsene Lupin is splendid, but this is poorly realised. The character graphics are also quite clumsy, and much of the voice acting poor (though their Holmes and Watson are good). These are things which really could have been improved. On the other hand the locations are fairly well realised, for instance the Tower of London is nicely done and so is the British Museum. And some of the problems can actually be solved by thought rather than luck or random trying of inventory objects. And the inventory system is user friendly, and the maps inside the locations make getting around much quicker. But it could have been amazing and comes out simply - okay.