|London, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, the world's most famous private investigator,
and his faithful companion Dr. Watson, are called to the scene of a gruesome crime:
a young actress has been murdered in an alley behind her theatre. Not surprisingly,
Scotland Yard's Inspector Lestrade is clueless. Was it the work of the Ripper?
Sherlock Holmes is not so sure - the circumstantial evidence indicates a much more
intricate crime. The game is a classical crime story with two distinguished,
sympathetic protagonists. In the role of Sherlock Holmes, you travel through London
in the search for clues. Interesting locations are gradually added to a city map.
Your most important source of information are dialogues with suspects, witnesses and
other people – and with Dr. Watson, who will readily comment on the situation. When
talking to persons, you may chose one of several lines that seems most appropriate.
Watson notes down all conversations in his journal, where you can access them if
needed. Pleasingly true to the novels, Holmes will solve many puzzles through sharp
observations and thorough searches of every location (thus discovering clues and
deducing connections) as well as clever interrogations. The handling of the game
by means of verbs is simple and accurate. Readers of the Sherlock Holmes stories
will recognize many acquaintances, from Lestrade to Miss Hudson, from Inspector
Gregson to Toby the hound. The game's introduction, cut-scenes and ending feature
digitized speech. All the old Victorian London backdrops, including 50 authentic
locations, are drawn in full 256 color VGA graphics. There is some background music
and sound effects are present in a lot of situations but not everywhere. Spoken
text dialogues are present in the intro and some of the cut scenes. The 3DO
version features digitized voices, sound tracks, and animations not found in the