• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Sep 28, 2004
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  • Summary: (Also known as "Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring") London 1895: A wealthy construction tycoon lies dead in his mansion. Join Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they interview suspects, investigate the crime scene and uncover family secrets that might point to the murderer.(Also known as "Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring") London 1895: A wealthy construction tycoon lies dead in his mansion. Join Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they interview suspects, investigate the crime scene and uncover family secrets that might point to the murderer. Play one of the most intriguing and captivating plots ever created for the Sherlock Holmes character. Clues will take players to Brazil, India, and more than 40 19th-century London locations. Developed by Frogwares Studio, Secret of the Silver Earring allows players to experience a new murder-mystery adventure featuring the investigative skills of world?s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. The game features over 30 investigating hours and five graphically rich levels that bring the fog-laced streets of London to life. Each level requires players to question witnesses, investigate potential suspects and uncover clues. Players will consider the evidence at the end of each level and put their powers of deduction to the test. Play as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in an original storyline inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle?s "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." [Ubisoft] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  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. 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.
  3. Computer Gaming World
    80
    With any luck, this game is only the beginning of a rich, rewarding series. [Jan 2005, p.96]
  4. Computer Games Magazine
    70
    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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. PC Gamer
    24
    The mystery is why you would insult yourself by playing it. [Feb 2005, p.61]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Oct 5, 2020
    10
    The best detective game out there, and one of the best puzzle games of all times, for sure. This game really challenge your brain, or whateverThe best detective game out there, and one of the best puzzle games of all times, for sure. This game really challenge your brain, or whatever you have inside your skull. In russian localization it's very mellifluous to hear Livanov's voice! Expand
  2. Sep 20, 2018
    7
    Really very well done old-school adventure game. No WASD, no highlighting of usable objects, no in-game help. Patience and rational thinkingReally very well done old-school adventure game. No WASD, no highlighting of usable objects, no in-game help. Patience and rational thinking is the key, my dear player. The voice acting is solid, puzzles pose challenge but everything is purely logical (if somewhat too convoluted ). The engine is old and controls aren't perfect but the game is a great tribute to the world's greatest detective. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Sep 6, 2005
    6
    Story too complex, but nice. graphics and sound very good. Gameplay a little boring and confusing.
  4. Dec 29, 2020
    4
    Okay, here we have the first real Sherlock Holmes game in front of us, as the mystery of the mummy was on the verge of being classified as aOkay, here we have the first real Sherlock Holmes game in front of us, as the mystery of the mummy was on the verge of being classified as a sudoku with animations and terrible music.

    In this release, our dear detective is involved in the so-called "Silver Earring Case" in which we will investigate the events at Sir Bromsby's mansion with his consequent murder.

    The action is concentrated around a few locations, which for me is a virtue, but after about half the game, it dissociates from the central theme to fill the narrative with " diverse scenarios ", it is at this point where the relationships between the central events and the peripheral elements become almost random, only to make sense in the resolution of the case, and it is this aspect that without a doubt is the weakest, but I will describe it in depth during the analysis of the characters.

    In the mechanical section, there is much to say; on certain occasions, it turns out to be a pixel hunter, where it is more beneficial to drag the mouse around the screen than to actively search for the pixels in the form of "a feather" or "a piece of cloth".
    The character's movement is slow, and on many occasions tedious, depending on the perspective, the areas flicker due to the poor location of the loading screens (very evident in the area of the monastery and its labyrinth), I would find it in very good style for the character to be a little more agile and able to move rapidly around the screens; something that, paradoxically, its predecessor did, although more "uncontrollable".

    The puzzles are much more immersive and are justified by the plot itself, although they are all a little simple, the one that I found by far the most complex was the labyrinth of the abbey, but for a matter of memory rather than for a matter of deduction.

    Finally, I would like to mention the approach given to Holmes in this piece, and it turns out that when the plot began, the detective showed off his deductive abilities, describing Mr. Bromsby perfectly by the arrangement of the furniture or by the people attending the celebration, a fragment of dialogue in the purest Sherlock style, a delight.
    The biggest problem I find with the character is with the way in which he justifies the strings he pulls, very fine and almost unconnected with the subject we are dealing with here, but for reasons I do not know, always right, and that is that once the pieces are placed, everything is... elementary.

    Paradoxically, the last scenario where we treat and relate the famous silver earring to the case, could not be more fanciful, a cheap excuse leads us to relate two different cases with their only element in common, a striking silver earring of an actress who coincided with the daughter of the victim; I think it is too much even for Holmes himself; an unparalleled intelligence that not only breaks the charts but also brings out the scarce care for the script work.
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  5. Mar 6, 2012
    3
    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! Expand