Hunker down at your London flat at 221b Baker St. The year is 1896, and Scotland Yard has called Sherlock Holmes with an urgent request for help. A young painter has been found murdered and rolled up in a remarkable Persian carpet.
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Includes 6 items: Sherlock Holmes - Nemesis, Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper, Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened - Remastered Edition, Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Persian Carpet, Sherlock Holmes: The Silver Earring, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes


About This Game

Hunker down at your London flat at 221b Baker St. The year is 1896, and Scotland Yard has called Sherlock Holmes with an urgent request for help. A young painter has been found murdered and rolled up in a remarkable Persian carpet. Along with Watson, you must investigate the peculiar crime, exploring crime scene locations in search of missing clues.
Interact with suspects, and analyze police reports and witness statements to solve the crime and unravel the mystery of the Persian carpet!
  • Search for crime scene for hidden objects
  • Analyse clues and Police findings
  • Investigate numerous suspects
  • Review your progress by studying the Holmes' Deduction Board
  • Interactive gameplay
  • Detailed, atmospheric 3D scenes
  • Period background music
  • Bonus mini-puzzle games!

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    • Processor: Pentium III 600 MHz or higher and AMD Athlon
    • Memory: 256 Mb RAM
    • Graphics: 32 MB Microsoft DirectX 9-compliant video card
    • Hard Drive: 300Mb hard disk drive
    • Sound: DirectX® compatible sound card
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2015
It's idiotic to vote a hidden object game down because it is a hidden object game. For a HOG, this is a good game.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2015
I believe most of the negative reviews are based on the assumption that this is a point-n-click adventure but make no mistake, this is a hidden object game. But a nice one at that, so if you like that kind of game, you might find it enjoyable.

There are two major faults though. First, the game is rather short. It took me about 2 hours to finish, and 10€, I expected more. Second, the writing (or rather the translation) is pretty bad at certain points.

Still, if you like hidden object games and if it's on sale (or you get the collection), then it's a fine game.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
Godawful. Terrible terrible terrible. "Find-the-object" puzzles where you need to find, literally, a strand of hair in a complicated scene. Or, in another instance, a trace of dust that's barely a shade lighter than the ground it's resting on. And then the puzzle that broke me, and made me stop playing and delete the game from my computer: it instructed me to recreate a tatoo that a suspect had. Helpfully, it told me I could visit the suspect's file to refresh my memory of what the tattoo looked like. However, **there is no way to revisit a suspect's file in the game!***
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
Stay away. This is pixel-hunting at its worst, clumped with a dull story and re-used puzzles. If you want a Sherlock Holmes Hidden Object game, check out the Hound of the Baskervilles.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Persian Carpet doesn't have an individual Wikipedia entry unlike almost all of Frogware's Sherlock Holmes games. This is because the game is nothing but a horrid mutant sibling that the family kept locked in the basement out of the eyes of the world. For $10, you'd expect it to be at least similar to the other Sherlock Holmes games. Wrong.

The game was designed to be a casual take on the Sherlock Holmes games. Given the price and tedious gameplay, this game wouldn't even suit mobile phones. It feels more like a forgetable flash game that you found on the internet but with a price tag. It is nothing but a shallow attempt to emulate the classic Sherlock Holmes stories. The story is simple. A painter was found dead and wrapped up in an expensive Persian Carpet and the Holmes/Watson duo must solve the mystery. The story is however minimal. At the beginning of each level, Holmes explains to a mostly silent Watson that they need to look around somewhere to get closer to solving the case. Watson, we need to check the theatre. Watson, we need to look at the garden again. That's it. The story is told through the witness testimonies and clues you find across the game. But you don't get to take a second look at most of the clues and if you try to critically think about the crime, you'll soon enough forget it due to the incredibly frustrating gameplay. Don't worry. There is no bad ending. The final puzzle will explain it all.

The gameplay of The Persian Carpet is made up of two parts. The first is the puzzles which are fairly challenging and enjoyable. There are unfortunately a few frustrating ones that you can use your limited "Skip Puzzle" tokens to get through. One such puzzle was stroking water over a picture and then sponge it to reveal the image. The cursor doesn't read well and you have to spend minutes having to stroke every square until the game decides "Good enough" and finishes it for you. The second part is the most infuriating element of the game. You're sent to a room where you have to play I Spy for clues. But I Spy is fun. Many clues are either camoflagued with the environment or almost the size of a grain of sand. Even in my years of experience with all kinds of adventure games, this game has the most infuriating pixel hunts I've ever seen. I spent 30 minutes in a room trying to find this door plate that turned out to be the same color as the floor and that I came across by rapid clicking.

The game is thankfully short, only 1-2 hours in length. It doesn't help that the entry price was $10, the same price as most of the Sherlock Holmes games on Steam. Just after finishing the game, I went on to Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silver Earring (thankfully a much better game). But I soon discovered that some of the scenes were used for the Persian Carpet game. It turns out that Mystery of the Persian Carpet is not only shallow but lazy, stitched together with images from other games like a braindead Frankenstein monstrosity.

It's very disappointing to see The Mystery of Persian Carpet worth the same price as the Case of the Silver Earring. The Case of the Silver Earring has great voice acting, great graphics, less pixel hunt frustration and a much more interesting story. The Case of the Silver Earring came out in 2004. The Mystery of the Persian Carpet came out in 2008. The opening cutscene of The Case of the Silver Earring alone is much better than the entire Persian Carpet game. How did this mess happen? Perhaps I should send a letter to 221b Baker Street to have them investigate how such a terrible game was made and sold at equal price among its superior siblings.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
I installed this game hoping to enjoy it. A "casual" game should have been enjoyable: moderately challenging without being impossible. Unfortunately, two major issues prevent me from recommending this game. The first, and most frustrating one, is that many of the items we're supposed to find are extremely difficult to find. Some are difficult because they're so small; others blend into the background. I had to use most of my limited, non-renewable hints to find those items. The other deal breaker for me is the difficulty of the puzzles and the deduction board. Instructions are unclear and incomplete, so I often had a hard time figuring out just what I was supposed to be doing.

If there were a way to replenish hints, the game might have been more enjoyable. As it was, I ended up giving up mid-game because I used all my hints and couldn't figure out how to finish the deduction board.

Overall a disappointing game.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
Six hours is all what is needed to find all the hidden objects and solve the puzzles in the most difficult "adventure" mode. The hidden objects challenge is relaxing for a few minutes but not really interesting. About 12 of the puzzles are valuable though and despite a specific interface to repeat them, they are not properly renewed. The lack of voice acting makes it a sad and unsavory story. On the other hand, the locations are brilliantly illustrated. The main problem is: even after solving the murder, it is only when Holmes is explaining the course of events that you understand what's going on, or at least you don't need to understand anything to complete the game, since there are not enough intermediate check-up or summaries like in the following games of the series.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Just Awful.

Heres a shocker, I dont actually mind Hidden Object titles. I know! The world will now end and fire will rain down from the sky!

That said however, I dispise this title. Why? Its commits a multitide of lazy 'Casual' game sins. Firstly having a soundtrack that seems to consist of the same one or two short tunes played on a repeated loop. Secondly is putting in no support for anything other than a small screen, anything large and giant black bars throw themselves across both sides of the screen.

Much worse however is the game design, the hidden object scenes are dull and often involve hunting for things that are half masked or blended in by the background. The puzzles too are equally dull and involve such 'Fun' activities as dabbing water over every spot of a painting to reveal another painting (which takes a blummin age).

Essentially its dull dull dull. If you want a good HOG title, find Mumbo Jumbo or take one of the other Frogware ones on Steam, dont take this.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Skip to the bottom for TL;DR summary.

I took a chance on this game despite the mostly negative ratings, since many of those ratings seemed based on the fact that it's a Hidden Object style game instead of the usual Point-and-Click style Holmes games that Frogwares puts out. Since I like the hidden object genre as much as I like P&C games, I grabbed it (on sale, just in case).

In short, it's terrible. Not because the game is in a different style that the other Holmes games, but because it has made every error that a developer could possibly make for the HO genre.

The most egregious of these is the setup of the hidden objects; they are tiny, sometimes blend in perfectly with the backdrop, and many (if not all) require a great deal of pixel-hunting to find. While it's great for a scene to have difficult-to-find objects, there's a difference between "cunningly hidden" and "so ridiculously hidden that no normal person could find it without using a hint" where these games are concerned. I love a challenge; I don't love having my time wasted with nonsense.

On the topic of hints, there is a limit (seven hints per "level" with no way to acquire more). This means that while you're desperately trying to find the miniscule-and-seemingly-invisible objects, you also have to try to budget hints. I found this both baffling and irritating. The combination of limited hints and impossible objects made the game complete torture to finish. I had to find a walkthrough for when I ran out of hints, and I generally pride myself on not using hints at ALL in these types of games. You are also limited on skips for minigames (only seven per the entire game) so if they're not your favorite thing, be careful where you use your skips.

By the time I got to the end, I didn't even care who commited the crime anymore. There was very little dialogue in this game (and none whatsoever was voice acted), which took away from the plot. There was very little tying the player into the game and drawing interest. It was just "find this stuff for some reason, not sure why."

The deduction board that is familiar from the other Holmes games is present and does help tie things together, but it is handled so badly and is so tedious that I simply couldn't bring myself to care once I finally solved the case. There is more dialogue at the end, summarizing your findings and tying the ends together, than in the entire rest of the game.

Also at full price of $9.99 it's WAY WAY too expensive for 2 hours of gameplay. I'd be full-on angry had I not gotten it in a good sale with a lot of GOOD games.

If you like the HO genre, go look up The Hound of the Baskervilles on Steam, which is much much better. If you're looking for point-and-click, just grab the other Frogwares Holmes games; the ones I've played are quite good.

TL;DR: It's horrible, don't do it. Not because it's a hidden object game but because it's the worse possible example of a badly made hidden object game. Expensive and tedious. Spare yourself.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Persian Carpet * 6/10

I think I bought this game on sale because I was after every Frogware title, so I definitely wasn't expecting a "Hidden Object" game...

Anyways, there's not much to say about this title, it's a hidden object game, so as usual you'll see a static ambience picture and you need to find the items requested. Of course everything is in Sherlock Holmes style, so there will be riddles here and there that will keep you busy, suspect to examine, and almost every item or clue you find in places or on suspects will be analyzable on Sherlock's desk, then you'll have to find links between suspects, clues, places and victim, and at the very end you'll find out who's guilty. Everything is in function of the story, the murder of an artist whose corpse was found enrolled into a Persian Carpet (hence, the title).
For those who are not new to the saga the soundtrack will feature the classic usual tunes from the previous titles, and various ambients and props are made of older models or sections reused and rendered here. There won't be any animated cutscene, Holmes and Watson will "speak" through captons only.
It was a relatively short adventure but I guess it's just me, as I'm not used to this genre.
All in all I appreciated the game though, The Sherlock atmosphere with classic tunes and purpose (investigate a crime), and the game presented some interesting puzzles, some tough puzzles and an interesting suspect-clue-victim linking system.

  • GAMEPLAY. To be precise I wasn't impressed by the "hidden object" mechanics, but by everything else, including puzzles, riddles and especially the suspect-clue-victim linking system.
  • DURATION. It barely took me 4 hours to finish it.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 5
As usual it would be nice to have more than thumbs up or thumbs down for recommendations.

This is a very casual point and click/hidden object adventure game. As advertised, you take on the role of legendary supersleuth, Sherlock Holmes, and point and click your way around old London solving a crime. The gameplay takes the form of a hidden object phase followed by a puzzle phase, assembling torn up notes or erasing a painting to see what was underneath. The gameplay here is a little like popping bubblewrap.

Graphics and artwork aren't terrible, but you're pillarboxed if you own a widescreen monitor, despite having support for 4K monitors, which is a bit weird. If you like point and click, and you have a 15 year old monitor, go for it.

Otherwise the weird pillarboxing and too, too casual gameplay stops this one from getting over the line.
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3.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
I really wanted to like this one but couldn't. I stuck with it a lot longer than I should have. The hidden object screens were very hard to see. I found myself just clicking all over to get past certain screens. The puzzles ranged from ok to down right difficult. After awhile, I lost interest and deleted it from my computer. The game would have been better with more available hints/skips and better instructions. If you do buy this game, do so during a BIG sale or it is not worth it.
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4.1 hrs
Posted: August 13
I'm only rating this up because I think it should have a mixed rating.

some parts of this game I hate with every sliver of my little heart but I cant help myself from liking some parts of this game.
it's not good by any strech but It's not terrible and if your like me and you bought the Sherlock Holmes collection it's at least worth a look, just dont expect perfection
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2.9 hrs
Posted: July 12
This was so far off of how the other games in the Frogwares Sherlock series run that it made the whole thing just feel like a step backwards. I actually thought that this was an older game than "Silver Earring", until I actually looked up the publishing dates and was shocked to see that it wasn't.

Additionally, the deduction boards were very frustrating - not enough instruction for what you were expected to do, which left you just sort of randomly clicking things until something connected, and then wondering WHY those things connected.

I love the other games, but would absolutely say give this one a miss.
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2.4 hrs
Posted: May 15
A man is found murdered and tucked away in an expensive Persian carpet and Sherlock Holmes takes the case too find the murderer.

Was.. was that it? I don't think I've ever been this disappointed in game, mostly beacuse the others in this series have been so good (minus Mystery of the Mummy, but that was the first, so it gets some leeway). I tried to check if this was extremly old compared to the other games in the series, but no; it came out after the quality game Nemesis (vs Arsene Lupin). There is no voice acting, the locations are still-images ripped from the earlier game 'Silver Earring', the hidden objects are some times rediculously tiny and iirc there is no hotspot other than for items you have to use on other items (find item: Male hair, in this detailed carpet).

There's no voice acting, the use of 'analysing table' is extremly boring; 90% is -use scalpel - use tweezers - done. The game also annoyingly has a blinking alert in the top of the screen whenever you discover a new suspect/location and does not go away until you clicked in every room of the new location/looked at suspect back at the police station, which gives you the choice of leaving in the middle of the location you are at or have the incessant blinking up there until you are done. So if yu're like me and can't stand having stuff blink, you're going to have a bad time. Luckily (heh) the game is short.

I have mixed feelings about the 'deduction board' where you match items from one scene/person to another to find evidence to build your case. The idea is good, but 'no, this pink fabric is not identical to this other pink fabric' and 'this weapon is not a weapon' and small things with it annoyed me.

The puzzles were pretty meh, mostly because most have been ripped from earlier games. It did have a couple new interesting ones, but not enough to pull it into positive.

I admit I didn't read all the story as it didn't interest me at all in the end, and I couldn't care less who murdered who and why.

PLAY ON EASY MODE unless you're masochistic. It gives you more hints; 7 per scene, and let's you skip all puzzles. There are no achievement and really no reason to play another mode, as nothing else changes and you don't have to use the hints you are given if you're feeling particularily tryhard. Use up all your hints (per scene) and there is no way to get any more.

That full price is ridiculous. Do not buy. Should only be in your library if part of the Sherlock bundle.

TL;DR: Play Hound of the Baskervilles instead if you want a Sherlock Holmes HO game. Much higher quility and much more content, completely new locations and fully voice acted.
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4.8 hrs
Posted: March 8
A hidden object game with a reasonable story, but with little to bring it to life. Seriously flawed HOG sections, but reasonable minigames. Not really worth it, particularly at the current 9.99€ asking price.

You play as Sherlock Holmes trying to solve a murder of an artist. The story is the strongest point of the game, a reasonably nice investigation, though that’s not to say it’s spectacular. Moreover, there is no voice acting to bring the story alive, leaving it a bit stale.

The mini-games are fine or even good I would say (except the very first which is awful). The object finding sections are ridiculous however. While I appreciate that you are actually looking for objects that would be of interest in a crime investigation (hair, blood, foot prints etc.), the objects are tiny and blend into the background. This would be fine if there was some way to zoom in, but there is not (some exceptions), thus forcing you to use hints. This is coupled with a rather bland deduction system that seems to have do very little to actually progress the story (almost all of the matches you make are to match people to places that you already know they were at… like their office or dressing room).

Length and Misc
Took me about 4.8 hours on the highest difficulty, trying to avoid using hints as much as possible.
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spiny[B] -dsb-
0.3 hrs
Posted: February 16
First off this is a hidden object game and not a point and click adventure. just to clarify.

I still couldn't enjoy it cause its completly text based. There are no animations, more like screenshots with sometimes different overlays. That's why its just feels very static in 2016. Since there is no voice acting involved and the graphics are not good and i'm not a fan of reading, this game is a no go.

Its maybe worth 2 euros but not 10 at all. You can tell from the way it's been made that its really old and it doesn't live up to today's standards in any way.
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4.2 hrs
Posted: February 2
It's a good hidden puzzle game? Yes.
Some objects to find are blend so much it's a pain to find them? Yes.
The puzzles are good but it's super short, buy it on a strong discount sale, not worth full price.
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