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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.
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Includes 6 items: Sherlock Holmes: The Silver Earring, Sherlock Holmes - Nemesis, Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Mummy, Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened - Remastered Edition, Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper, Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Persian Carpet

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About the 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
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!***
Posted: June 28
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 29
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
An all-too-budget addition to Frogwares' portfolio, The Mystery of the Persian Carpet is a mix of hidden object game and a puzzle game, graphically made out of bits and pieces of The Secret of the Silver Earring and The Awakened, and sound's likely borrowed too. What little there is. The puzzles are mostly rehashed fare from their "major" adventure game titles as well... if you play the game after those two, it will just be too easy, and, for the experienced adventure gamer, even without that. Well, apart from the one thing that it probably inherited from the first game of the series - the stupidly frustrating pixel hunting, even for the genre - some hidden objects are very, very well hidden, and tiny. Not a game for the visually even slightly impaired really. The story is an afterthought really, uninspiring and dull... making even the "for kids" aspect irrelevant in my opinion - as I'll introduce my kids to the subject with more competent titles. There is a strange clues & suspects scheme ("deduction tree"), which is partly trial & error, raising the amount of useless clicking in the game to an even higher level.

Even though you get all the puzzles in one place, to replay after you're done with them should you wish so, the game has 0 replay value in my opinion, and none of them is intriguing enough to warrant a visit again. Visually dated now, uninspired & uninspiring, I can't recommend it as there are so many much better takes on the genre nowadays (including The Hound of The Baskervilles from the same series) . But, chances are that you'll just get it in a bundle, like me... then just don't bother with it unless you've run out of other games to play, or if you have played all the other games in the series, and really want to play this one too.
Posted: July 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Nope. There are far better Sherlock Holmes games out there, with actual voice acting and more than one song.
Posted: July 2
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: February 22
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