• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Sep 28, 2004

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
Buy On
  1. A wonderful package. Don't wait on the bargain bin for this one, as it is worth the price from the get go.
  2. Luckily, despite the linearity, the story, characters, and dialogue is compelling enough to keep you going.
  3. 83
    This title is very well put together, with an interesting mystery to solve and lacking the frustration so common with many adventure titles.
  4. 82
    The skill in the art and voice acting will probably convince you that you are indeed back in 1897 London, pursuing a murderer or murderers with all the skill and passion locked in your little Holmesian heart.
  5. If you're like me and you've enjoyed other investigative games in the past, then you'll probably like this one, too, but if you're hoping for a true adventure, then you should probably look elsewhere.
  6. The game does move at a slow pace, but with such a complex case to unravel this is no time to rush about, eh, Watson?
  7. Computer Gaming World
    With any luck, this game is only the beginning of a rich, rewarding series. [Jan 2005, p.96]
  8. For anyone wanting to try out adventure games then they should give this a shot, Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring is probably the best adventure game out right now.
  9. An interesting game for those who love the genre and a totally unimportant one for the rest of you.
  10. 75
    The atmosphere here is thunderously successful, and its strength makes this a recommended play all by itself.
  11. It's so annoying when a game is so near being great and falls short because of a lack of attention in a few areas.
  12. The game features interesting characters, an engaging plot, and beautiful graphics, yet it's an adventure with few puzzles and a mystery where you don't actually solve the mystery.
  13. The attractive graphics, excellent voice work and relatively coherent , if convoluted, story offer some promise, but a there just isn't enough game in this game.
  14. 71
    The sedate gameplay does not induce sleep but a feeling of tranquillity similar to the buzz from opium. The Case of the Silver Earring is not going to revitalise the adventure genre but it is well coded and written and acted with some flair and passion.
  15. It sacrifices too much gameplay for narrative at times, and its missed opportunities keep it from greatness, but it's reasonably fun while it lasts.
  16. A visually stunning game, the graphics are gorgeous with lavish and vibrant Victorian locations. The character modelling is equally impressive with the exception of lip synching and the glaring omission of face masks in the scene where Holmes and Watson are meant to be wearing them.
  17. 70
    The game manual claims to provide 25-30 hours of gameplay, but in truth it will likely take you only half of that.
  18. Computer Games Magazine
    That you can complete the game without really solving the case on your own makes this as much an interactive movie as an adventure. [Jan 2005, p.71]
  19. Free movement, a slightly better soundtrack and replayability would have helped a lot. Ubi Soft did however, stay true to the legend of Holmes, so they'll earn brownie points with players.
  20. 68
    And although the rigid gameplay is frustrating at times, taking on a mystery in the shoes of Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson has a certain appeal that is hard not to deny.
  21. Unfortunately though for the less patient among us, The Silver Earring makes detective work a boring job, the witnesses have nothing interesting to say half the time and tend to babble on in the most boring manner and the quiz at the end of each chapter is enough to make you want to give up completely.
  22. Grab a walkthrough or something and get this one on the cheap and you're good for several hours of fun watching Sherlock solve a deeply baffling case. People who actually like to PLAY their mystery games, though, can take a pass here.
  23. Could have been an excellent point and click adventure, instead it leaves a taste of unfinished development work in your mouth. Regardless, a mostly enjoyable romp and probably one of the best adventure games this year ' genre fans will love it.
  24. Initially, the game impresses with attractive settings, decent voice acting and the promise of a thoughtful mystery to be solved. Unfortunately, this becomes bogged down by static scenes, poor character movement control, obscure pixel-hunting and the wearying need to redo conversations.
  25. The satisfying conclusion does go far to wrap up everything brought up in the game and reminds you of things you may have forgotten.
  26. PC Format
    Miserable nonsense that would have Holmes reaching for the syringe. Real detective work is tedious, lengthy, frustrating and often pointless. In that sense at least, Silver earring is spot on. This is fun how? [Nov 2004]
  27. PC Gamer UK
    A very flat, slow series of mouse clicks, only interrupted by the unlpleasant appearance of test papers based on what you've just played. [May 2006, p.97]
  28. AceGamez
    Playable, but only just. The gameplay is stuttering, the controls awkward and the justification for location visitation is non-existent.
  29. PC Gamer
    The mystery is why you would insult yourself by playing it. [Feb 2005, p.61]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Mar 6, 2012
    Hate IT, it is that basic. Controls hurt my hands, game to weird, I love Sherlock, I have yet to find a game that does him justice! I hopeHate IT, it is that basic. Controls hurt my hands, game to weird, I love Sherlock, I have yet to find a game that does him justice! I hope they just stop making them til they get a real game engine and learn about WASD! Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Sep 6, 2005
    Story too complex, but nice. graphics and sound very good. Gameplay a little boring and confusing.