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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Nope. There are far better Sherlock Holmes games out there, with actual voice acting and more than one song.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Don't expect too much, it's an old game and OK if you like puzzles
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
really hard to actually follow the storyline if you have to keep fighting with the ui
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3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
A few puzzles were decent, but the rest of the game is soooo awful. Don't waste your time.
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2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
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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6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
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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3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
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.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
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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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
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 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
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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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
DON'T waste your money this is not one the usual sherlock holmes game's this is nothing but hidden objects and a poor one at that!!!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
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.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
Pretty ♥♥♥♥ing boring im not gonna lie.
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11 of 30 people (37%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 6, 2013
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