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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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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Shatiz
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
Summary
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.

Story
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.

Puzzles
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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shiaakuma
( 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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spiny[B] -dsb-
( 0.3 hrs on record )
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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Ensatzuken
( 4.2 hrs on record )
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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Greyshe_wolf
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
It's a Hidden Object Sherlock Holmes story, the deduction board and the connections it draws are a little random but I think as long as people know that it is a departure from the theme of the other Frogware Sherlock Holmes games (point and click adventures) then it's not a bad game, not the best but not bad.
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Kurisuta Ero-chan
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 13
After playing some of the Sherlock Holmes PC games that came before this one, it made me sad that this game is completely different, yet the same.. it's different in that it's all 2D pictures, whereas previous games were 3D & animated & some even had 1st person view. it's also different in that there's NO voice acting at all. only music & sound effects.

what makes me the saddest is that it's the same as previous games, because those 2D scene pictures are all basically screenshots from areas in previous SH games.. some scenes have been altered a bit with some objects removed or added, but they're still the same areas. also, most, if not all, of the puzzles were taken from the previous games..

the story was still pretty good though, which I was happy about. I played it on the "hardest" difficulty which was Adventure Mode, because it had "Difficult Puzzles" (which were still easy), and it was the only mode with "Freedom of Investigation". the other modes were "Guided, Linear Investigation." still finished the game in around 3 hours. the only thing I really liked was examining each person's picture for clues & them linking them to locations to find out who was where & eventually find out whodunit.

I'll recommend this game for the story & for the suspect's picture investigations & linking clues.
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[UM] Frungi
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 11
If you've played other Sherlock Holmes games by this developer, abandon all expectations. Those are classic adventure games done in 3D, This is a Big Fish game, the sort that combines hidden-object scenes and puzzle solving. I can't stand these games, and this one tricked me into playing it.
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IndaChelepska
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7
Sad thing really, It's mostly a hidden objects game with some minor puzzles to it. It follows the logic of adventure games from a *long* time ago, with puzzles which take a lot of time but just because of the many steps you have to take to complete them.
The deduction board seems the only interesting and "sherlockian" thing in the game, and you don't use it that much.
Not worth your money nor your time.

Plus: IT'S FREAKING BUGGED. There's this pipes puzzle from which you cannot advance by completing it, so unless you skip it (and you have only a few skips you can use) you really just can't advance.
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TeenJackBauer
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2015
3/10 TJBs

"Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Reused Assets"
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Mr. Lambert
( 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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ZS-KEV
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: October 5, 2015
This is my opinion of Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of The Persian Carpet

Aspect Rating
Story 3.5
Graphics 6.5
Sound 2.0
Gameplay 1.0
Overall 3.3
Scores are out of 10. Overall score is an average

I think the scores speak for themslves.

I do not recommend this game at all! Even if its free!
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Gambling Willie
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: October 2, 2015
Wow, this was absolutely terrible.
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Mad_Dog_Mac
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: September 27, 2015
Terrible music. So boring I fell asleep playing it resulting in the long play time.
No character audio. Just reading text and then mainly doing hidden item games in about 8 different locations and then going back over them again for more items. You may need to turn your brightness up to even see some of the items. You get hints which can be used to find hidden items if you are stuck. There are also some puzzles in the game which you can do or skip if you cant be bothered.

My experience with this game; Get bored, Fall asleep, Play some more just because I cant leave the game unfinished, Get drowsey (music is sending me to sleep again), Fight through sleepy piano music to finish the game and find out in a cluedo like fashion that it was colnol mustard in the dining room with the spork!!!!

Will probably leave most people disapointed but if you like hidden item games with some tricky puzzles it may be for you.

2/10
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Nez
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28, 2015
The whole game is image based so its stuck in a 4:3 aspect ratio and looks terrible on a 16:9 screen. All dialog is text based so it leaves you listing to a sad excuse for a sound track.

The puzzles however aren't that bad. They range from random guessing to actually requiring intellect.

For a detective story...there isn't much of a story. It's bland and easy to guess who the killer is.

Would not recommend.
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Slan
( 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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Italipinoy
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1, 2015
I'm going to be the one to say that it's not THAT bad for an old game. Granted, it is challenging and the hidden object aspect of the game can be tough with small objects. However, it's not impossible. Now, if you're going for something nice and shiny and new, I wouldn't recommend you get this. But, if you're willing to play casually with an unbiased perspective, you might be able to appreciate it.
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daniel_mcl
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18, 2015
This is a glorified version of the "find the hidden items in the picture" puzzles, with the added charm of looking and feeling like it was made by a middle-schooler using Visual Basic for the first time. Also features such cutting edge minigames as "reassemble the torn-up letter that was torn into twelve square pieces" and "spend five minutes laboriously scrubbing paint off of a surface by clicking and dragging your mouse." The fact that this game is available on Steam at all is a black eye for the service.
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Perseus of Holly
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5, 2015
totally sucks..... do not play... this is designed for 5 year olds... but not to finish.


I give this game like 3 out of 10... it is just a where is waldo game... nothing more..... better to actually play where's waldo
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HarukaKat
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17, 2015
Persian Carpet is by far the worst game in the Sherlock Holmes series. Unlike the adventure games of the rest of the series, this title is a casual hidden object hunt. The environments and music are 100% recycled from The Secret of the Silver Earring, which came out years earlier. The pixel hunting is so extreme that you might as well be finding a needle in a haystack--from outer space. Seriously. The scenes are all zoomed out views of an entire room and the clues are things like "strand of hair" and "fingernail." I wish I was exaggerating. There's only one case and it's short and boring. The only somewhat interesting feature is the deduction board, where Holmes makes connections between different pieces of evidence, but it's so clunky and poorly formed that it loses all value. In fact, when I solved the mystery I actually thought I was stuck in a glitch until I randomly clicked the right thing to trigger the ending. And for reasons unknown, the ending fanfare music is "The 12 Days of Christmas."

I would honestly love to see a well-made and substantial hidden object game added to this series, but Persian Carpet is not it.
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Bizbop
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15, 2015
its nice...and stuff...
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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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15 of 19 people (79%) 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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11 of 13 people (85%) 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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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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13 of 19 people (68%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) 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 16 people (69%) 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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Sherlock Holmes: The hunt for the hidden pixel


If you enjoy trying to find a small white dot in a large room buy this game and don't think twice. Otherwise keep looking. The puzzles are almost the same as in some of the other installments in the series and pretty much the entire challenge is around finding tiny click zones. Some are challengingly well hidden, others are just kind of absurd.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2014
This game could be summarized as Myopia simulator. The game consists of hidden object scenes and puzzles. The puzzles are nothing to write home about, while the hidden object scenes are horrendous. Unless you would like to find a dark grey shoe print in the shadows in low quality textures (the game is a bit dated) or brown petals on a wooden floor, avoid this. If you really want to play a Sherlock Holmes game, try one of Frogwares newest games, which are quite enjoyable.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
Not worthy of a review, but I REALLY wanted to downvote this, because of how blatant a money grab it is. Backgrounds and assets from other Frogwares Holmes games are reused to dress a horrible hidden object game with abysmally bad puzzles and 30 seconds worth of music looping in the background (reused music of course). It can literally not have taken them more than a week to put this piece of trash together. I'm a big Holmes fan and even with the TV on I literally had to force myself through this abomination. Zero redeeming elements. If someone gifts this to you, refuse to accept it.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
The game is a weak casual adventure or better said, puzzle game.

It has nice locations, that is a plus. But most of the other things are either mediocre or plain boring. The puzzles inside range from simple to middle difficulty, some of them are based on pure luck (like the ten digit mastermind safe puzzle). The story is shallow at best, and it is lacking the inspiration that is normaly associated with the name "Sherlock Holmes".

One of the weakest games in playability. The sound and graphics are ok, so if you can get this game cheap, you might give it a try but it isn't worth full priced.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2015
Very bad hidden object game. And even these objects are very obscure. E.g. barely visible foot prints that are just very slightly darker than the background. Or things hidden in almost black shadows.
The puzzles range from good to bad. Worst one: Guess a sequence of 10 random digits (from 0-9) in 5 tries. If you reset, the sequence is randomized again. Garbage.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
Persian Carpet is by far the worst game in the Sherlock Holmes series. Unlike the adventure games of the rest of the series, this title is a casual hidden object hunt. The environments and music are 100% recycled from The Secret of the Silver Earring, which came out years earlier. The pixel hunting is so extreme that you might as well be finding a needle in a haystack--from outer space. Seriously. The scenes are all zoomed out views of an entire room and the clues are things like "strand of hair" and "fingernail." I wish I was exaggerating. There's only one case and it's short and boring. The only somewhat interesting feature is the deduction board, where Holmes makes connections between different pieces of evidence, but it's so clunky and poorly formed that it loses all value. In fact, when I solved the mystery I actually thought I was stuck in a glitch until I randomly clicked the right thing to trigger the ending. And for reasons unknown, the ending fanfare music is "The 12 Days of Christmas."

I would honestly love to see a well-made and substantial hidden object game added to this series, but Persian Carpet is not it.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2013
Another good Sherlock Holmes game.. 10/10!

This was harder than the other one =D
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2014
There are many great Sherlock Holmes games created by Frogwares, Jack the Ripper, The Awakened, Nemisis, etc. But this game, Sherlock Holmes and The Persian Carpet is nothing like any of those. Though there are some good points in this game, there are numerous bad ones.

I would like to be able to comment on the storyline in the game, but I was too distracted by the terrible gameplay to even notice what was happening. The storyline isn't even crucial to complete the game. The deduction board is where you put clues together, but the story has nothing to do with this, you are merely connecting one object to another.

There are three different modes that you can play in, first being, 'causal mode', this mode is a perfect fit for the game, it's annoying and cruisy. The second mode is 'detective mode', this being almost as bad, but instead the puzzles are slightly harder and more pretentious. And last, but certainly not least, 'adventure mode', this is the only tolerable mode in the entire game! It doesn't make the game great, but it makes it bearable. Adventure mode gives you more freedom to go to places, even if you have no business there, and it lets you replay the puzzles, if you have enjoyed at least one of them. In both causal mode and detective mode you cannot revisit any places that you have finished up with, just mentioning that.

The dialogue between the characters of Watson and Holmes is almost cringeworthy, when at 221b Baker Street you see them talking, when one character talks an image is shown of that character, these images look terrible in quality and ruin the mood of the converstation. There is no voice acting, that has never been a decider for the quality of story, but it would have aided the dialogue to have some sort of voice speaking over the drowning, looped music. There was an absurd method of leveling, that I can still not determine what it really does. When ever you would level up, a text box would appear on screen and provide you with the information that you have just leveled up, and also provide you with an extra thing to click on. This infamous box also would appear whenever you had investigated all of an area, with the patronising text of Watson apparently speaking to you beyond the grave, or wherever he's at, with him spewing out annoying compliments.

While progressing through the game, you realise that this game is a hidden objects game. There's nothing wrong with hidden objects games, but this game went about it all wrong. Instead of having the pleasure to observe the environment carefully and make clever deductions, based not only on object, but thought, and thus incorporating the thought into the gameplay, you click on objects and move on.

There were some good things about this game, everything has positive and negative points to it. When you were made to inspect people with a magnifying glass, you had to collect data from very miniscule things, such as fingernails, paint and hair. This making the game feel a bit more thought provoking than clicking on objects with a cursor. This game made heavy reference to cigar or cigarette ash, this was very pleasing, in that the old Sherlock Holmes books mentioned a few times that Sherlock could tell the diffrence between diffrent types of cigarette and cigar ash. Though some of the puzzles in this game were either childish, or impossibly difficult, having little to none puzzles that were enjoyable. There were a few puzzles that challenged me without making me feel a fool, or a child.

The deduction board had much potential. At first glance it looked quite fun, but turned out to be a massive hassle. It is purely based on looking at two objects that look alike, or look connected and putting one line to another. It turned out to be so simple Watson could do it! In the end you don't need to complete the whole deduction board, just connect all the lines for the murderer, this manner of completion is nothing in the spirit of the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, where Sherlock would hardly care for who did it, but rather, all the little observations that are entwined within the case. And I can safely say, there are no interesting, little observations entwined with this game, it is more causal based than it is thought provoking, or in the slightest bit interesting.

These are the main things that are distinct in the game. I am not saying that you shouldn't buy this game, I am just not recommending that you buy it. Some people like games that are easy and mindless to play. If you enjoy hidden objects games, or causal games, you would love this game, for it repersents every bit of that. But if you prefer something much more intriguing and pleasurable, I suggest that you go and play the other Sherlock Holmes games, Jack The Ripper, The Awakened, Nemesis or The Testament Of Sherlock Holmes.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2013
Хорошая игра от Алавар. Маленькая компания а идей у неё многог лично этот Шерлок понравился очень жаль что проходится за 2 часа но игра отличная.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
I am playing and reviewing each of Frogware's Sherlock Holmes adventure games in chronological order. This game was released as a casual game after Sherlock Holmes versus Arséne Lupin. And this game is just disappointing. Even though this game is made by Frogware they did not use the voice acting which was common for the previous games had. Sherlock Holmes: Mystery of the Mummy HAD voice acting. And that game is almost unplayable. This game makes that game look good. Even though the focus of the game is to be a Sherlock Holmes Mystery game with Hidden Object instead of Point and Click Adventure the combination would have been fantastic but unfortunatly it falls flat on its face. All of the objects and scenery are just reused by previous installments. Although strangely missing the Mystery of the Mummy which I would have loved to have seen gone back to. I found myself bored with the story and deductions. I litterally finished the game without really caring to read all the text because I was too bored and frustrated with the puzzles. The story is really generic and not at all intresting. The characters are all just one still frame which is disappointing. If they just had a few different poses and some voice acting, the game might have been salvaged.

Just to be clear, all of the puzzles can be done without a walkthrough. I managed to beat the hardest puzzle without any help. But I did use a walkthrough to find the dark objects on a dark background. If I have to click around randomly to find the last objects while saving my limited number of hints to finish the deduction at the end, the game failed to be fun. Do not feel bad for me for playing such a poor game, I got this game dirt cheap in a bundle with the other better Sherlock Holmes games so I considered this game to be a free additon which was disappointing. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME.

I hope Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles game will be better.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2015
I've played free flash games with far more interesting stories, puzzles and production values.

Don't spend a single dime on this. Thankfully, I got this in the steam Sherlock Holmes pack when it was discounted so I'm not that sad about it.
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