Sherlock Holmes:
The Mystery of the Persian Carpet

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

(March, 2013)

A body is found wrapped in a Persian rug. After initially declining Scotland Yard's request for assistance on the case, Holmes changes his mind and accepts the case. Pity, really. It is not a case worthy of Holmes' attention, if you ask me.

I got off to a slow start; a very slow start. After two or three hints about how to play the game from the tutorial, it seemed as if the game had frozen. After re-installing the game four times, I consulted the tips in the online forum. Aha! I wasn't alone. Lots of players couldn't get started for the same reason. Eventually I discovered from one of the tipsters online that the game was not frozen, I was still in the tutorial, and that the cursor had to line up very precisely with the demonstration cursor on the screen. This level of precision had not been necessary in the screens prior to this one. I also learned that at times, the instructions in the strategy guide were open for misinterpretation. The tipster suggested placing the cursor "at the end" of the demonstration cursor when "at the very tip" of the cursor would have been more helpful. Never-the-less, I was finally off and running. Well, more or less.

Some of the hidden objects needed weren't in "scenes" as such where you point and click on items from a list. The "list" was actually a series of shapes or outlines of items you were to find. Some of the items needed to be combined in order to obtain other items from the list. At times, it was more like a scavenger hunt really. Stumble around, see if the cursor turns into a hand (or a wrench with moving gears requiring some action) and when it does, grab something and figure out what to do with it later.

The graphics were not very interesting. A few of the puzzles were boring and too simple for my tastes. The background story was uninspiring.

The list price for this game is $9.99. I chose it for free after purchasing a requisite number of other games. I am sorry to say, I did not follow my own advice. Try the game before you buy it!

I bought the $6.99 strategy guide at a discounted $5.99 but it is very poorly designed (it not only doesn't explain game steps very well, an entire section of the game is missing from the guide!)

Not all Sherlock Holmes games are of the same quality. Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles is an outstanding game! The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes and The Lost Cases of 221B are both fun. Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Persian Carpet is neither fun or interesting and Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Mummy is horrible! (In my opinion.)

Game System Requirements:

OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
CPU: 1.2 GHz
RAM: 512 MB
DirectX: 9.0
Hard Drive: 100 MB

Game Manager System Requirements:

Browser: Internet Explorer 7 or later

Link to: Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Persian Carpet

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