Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Most importantly, though, is that the game is fun. It keeps you thinking, throws you a good number of curves, and for the most part is challenging but fair.
  2. I found it more challenging than the previous adventure and I particularly liked being able to see more of the famed detective’s city.
  3. As far as adventure games go, Nemesis is incredibly meticulous in its presentation of an excellent story and gameplay based on the quintessential literary sleuth.
  4. Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis has its share of faults, but overall it’s a solid game in the adventure genre. The characters and setting are very believable, the story of the hunt for Lupin is compelling, and the puzzles are challenging.
  5. I really enjoyed Frogwares' first 3D Holmes adventure Awakened, so my expectations were high. Lupin vs. Holmes is actually a better game than Awakened was. Puzzles are challenging and more logical and the third dimension is now better present in the problem solving. The story is a little predictable, but so what? The playground is rich in 19th century atmosphere and the voice acting is fine. On the minus side, the game includes too much pixel-hunting. [Mar 2008]
  6. I felt that this title lost a lot of the charm of The Awakened by reducing the number of investigation segments and keeping the story rooted to one place. Fans of Sherlock Holmes or adventure games should go out of their way to pick up this title.
  7. It's a traditional, puzzle-packed adventure with a modern graphical twist that manages to do justice to one of the most revered literary protagonists of all time.
  8. Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis is a solid adventure game with some truly challenging puzzles. While there are some gameplay problems here and there, the game should appeal to hardcore fans of Sherlock Holmes.
  9. So if you're a patient player who doesn't mind kicking around puzzles for long stretches of time, you might have some fun partnering up with Sherlock Holmes during this adventure.
  10. At the end of the day, Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis is impressive in its own right, but doesn’t set any groundbreaking standards.
  11. Nemesis too is not without its rough patches, but still represents a return to form of sorts, another solid Sherlock adventure that showcases better understanding of character, narrative, structure and pace than most of its genre peers.
  12. Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis is certainly a great addition for the currently somewhat parched adventure game genre, one that'll entertain both fans of the books and players who love to stretch their minds, keeping them busy for a while.
  13. 70
    Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis is a solid adventure title if you like pixel hunting in a 3D environment while solving riddles and the occasional obscure puzzle.
  14. This is by no means a stellar adventure game, being too strict and occasionally lacking atmosphere, but it does some justice to the license and has enough unique elements to make it at least stand out from the rest, if not tower above them as it probably ought to.
  15. An occasionally frustrating and overpriced brain-fondle. [Aug 2008, p.72]
  16. A bit like listening to Radio 3. [Aug 2008, p.107]
  17. The confrontation between the greatest Victorian detective and French gentleman burglar who never met each other on the cards of the novels provides hours of mind exercise and also frustration - search for the relevant details turns into a painfully irritating hunt for a changing cursor and unfortunately everything hinges on it. [June 2008]
  18. Obtuse puzzles make Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis a case that's about as hard to crack as "The Red-Headed League."
  19. Both Holmes and Lupin deserve better than this middling. [Aug 2008, p.71]
  20. Plodding, morose, half-decent puzzles. [Aug 2008, p.86]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 24, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I love Sherlock Holmes, read the original stories, saw several movie takes, etc. The game is ok for its value and references to the original Sir Arthur Conan Doy's story. However, as an adventure game it lacks dynamics. In Nemesis prepare to walk through different museums all game long. That's pretty much it, and all puzzles are based on it. I did not finish the game because i found it too repetitive and a little boring. By comparison, i enjoyed "Sherlock Holmes the Awakened" much more, and would recommend that title of the series instead. Full Review »
  2. AWG
    Jun 4, 2013
    I played SH:Nemesis for the plot. Graphics are not so good (even for a 2008 game) but the storyline is interesting and I never got bored by the characters. The third-person perspective and the keyboard controls are golden add-ons that increase the level of attractiveness of this game. Full Review »
  3. Mar 6, 2012
    Big Sherlock Fan, this wrecks it for me, something about the amount of glitches I had, and the texture problems, and the whole point to walk idea! Should make a Third-Person game of Sherlock, I would be happy to play $30 for it...Just not this game. Glad I bought it on sale... Full Review »