There are many great Sherlock Holmes games created by Frogwares, Jack the Ripper, The Awakened, Nemisis. But this game 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.