Reviewed by Cherie Jung

(December, 2012)

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson involve the player in 14 cases needing to be solved including a missing jewel, a stolen Stradivarius violin, and spies plotting to assassinate Queen Victoria.

This is a fairly simple but fun hidden object game. The puzzles are easy, which is a nice change of pace from some of the adventure/story driven hidden objects and puzzles games. Finding the various hidden objects is still quite challenging. Hints are available for those who become stuck. Additional hints can be acquired by finding special hidden objects. The puzzles used to eliminate suspects and solve the case(s) are rather easy match/elimination type puzzles but a fun challenge none-the-less, with Watson cheering you on for each correct answer. The latter cases become more difficult to solve (some hidden objects are really tough to find!) and on two of the cases, I ran out of time and had to begin the case again. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that in replaying the cases, the items required to be located were the same as in the previous game but their locations had changed. No easy short cuts to a quick solution.

In this game, some of the puzzles involve determining what is missing or added to seemingly identical scenes. Other puzzles involve matching objects or unscrambling anagrams; all are fun and diverting. However, if you've been playing one of the more immersive or challenging games, it may take solving a few cases to adjust to the less intense pacing of the Sherlock game.

The player is allowed approximately 30 minutes to solve each case. Each case stands alone, unrelated to the others. This conveniently allows a player to play one single case if a short playing session is preferred or solve additional cases if a longer playing session is wanted. There is also a bonus case which is unlocked if the player has discovered a special hidden object — Sherlock's famous deer-stalker cap — in each of the 14 regular cases. Additional hints are earned by locating Sherlock's pipe in the regular cases.

Listed at $9.99, I purchased this game for $6.99 with an online discount.

I have dial-up internet access so I chose to have the game mailed to me on a CD (along with another game I ordered and two strategy guides) which I then uploaded/installed to my computer and then activated online at the Big Fish website. There was an additional $7.99 fee for the CD. To me, the added fee was worth every penny because of my very slow dial-up access! In addition to the games I ordered, the CD contained one full-sized free game and several trial-size games.

Game System Requirements:

OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
CPU: 600 MHz
RAM: 256 MB
DirectX: 8.1
Hard Drive: 147 MB

Game Manager System Requirements:

Browser: Internet Explorer 7 or later

Also available for Mac.


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