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As the greatest detective of all time you must find clues, interrogate suspects & unveil a mystery in a story full of twists!
Release Date: Sep 25, 2012
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February 26th, 2014

‘One of the legendary sleuth’s greatest investigation’ as described by IGN, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes has added Japanese subtitles on Steam. To enable the subtitles, go the game properties in Steam client (right click on the game), choose Language tab and select Japanese from the drop down menu.

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January 31st, 2014

The character of Sherlock Holmes created by Arthur Conan Doyle has been portrayed in many different ways in the past. Crimes & Punishments brings this iconic and peculiar figure to life, in a stunning and faithful representation: his eccentric personality, his manners and, above all, the many remarkable gifts for which he is famous.

This video follows Sherlock in a murder case involving a sailor, a whale harpoon and various suspects. Please note that while this video may hint at one of the possible conclusions, it is but one of many potential outcomes. Depending on how YOUR investigation progresses, you will be able to accuse different guilty parties from among your list of suspects... and determine their fate: will you absolve them of their crime, or will you impartially enforce justice?

In this new Crimes & Punishments video, we can admire the great work Frogwares studios has carried out on Sherlock Holmes and the cast of characters who feature in the six thrilling investigations in the game. Motion captured animations, meticulously detailed faces, lip-sync, the interplay between actor and cinematic cameras bring all the dialog, interrogation and interaction to life.

Besides his eccentricity, Sherlock showcases in this video his extraordinary detective talents which you will employ and exploit to solve each case: his ability to connect seemingly unrelated clues to deduce facts, his talent for guessing a person’s life simply by looking at them, his skill to imagine and reconstruct a past event by observing the key details of a crime scene.... Last but not least, we discover the new in-game “deduction board”, which is none other than the very brain of Sherlock Holmes! Here, you will connect all the clues and information you have gathered and piece them together to establish facts, determine suspects and eventually find out who the guilty parties might be.

Crimes & Punishments will be released on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, Xbox 360® and PC in Q2 2014.

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“One of the legendary sleuth's greatest investigation”
8 out of 10 – GameSpot

“A Testament to the genre”
4.5 out of 5 – Gamezebo

“It is every bit as gripping as you would expect from a tale about the great detective”
8 out of 10 – Hooked Gamers

About the Game


Become the greatest detective of all time in The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, a twisting, turning investigation game set in a faithfully-reproduced London of 1898. Suspected in a case involving theft, fraud and double-crossing, Sherlock Holmes will undergo a descent into hell in what will doubtlessly become one of his most thrilling cases yet. You will find all the elements of a grand investigation: examine crime scenes, find the clues, follow the trails, interrogate suspects and unveil the mystery behind a great adventure, led by a breath-taking story full of twists!

Key Features:

  • Lead Holmes’ darkest investigation: examine crime scenes, find clues, interrogate suspects
  • Discover Sherlock Holmes’ dark side in a breath-taking story full of twists and turns
  • Uncover new leads and clues as you explore richly detailed places all across London

System Requirements

    • Processor:AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2 GHZ
    • Memory:2048 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:14 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
82 of 96 people (85%) found this review helpful
640 products in account
9 reviews
11.6 hrs on record
Great adventure game! Maybe the best in the series. It has some minor flaws like no lip-sync,poor optimization in the sewers and awkard controls but the story, puzzles and overall gameplay compensate for them. I managed to finish it in 12 hours but with some help at the harder puzzles. It's a game that every adventure enthusiast should play.
Posted: November 10th, 2013
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32 of 47 people (68%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
11.8 hrs on record
This would be a great Sherlock Holmes game if it actually tried to be a Sherlock Holmes game.

What I mean is, it starts off really well, and has two investigations that are very interesting, and very much in the vein of what I expect a Sherlock Holmes game to be. You explore a crime scene, noticing very little details about it, and piece them together in a 'deduction board,' an invention of a game which serves to gamify Holmes' famous deductive reasoning. It does a pretty good job of it, too! I also really liked the ONE scene where you analyze evidence you gathered in the crime scene, as there were quite a few clever minigames that I had fun going through.

The problem being, basically the entire game after that, save for two further, and much smaller, investigations, is literally just a mediocre puzzle adventure game, with a bunch of stupid 'find item -> use item' puzzles, and with far more puzzle boxes than I think should have existed in the late 19th Century? Normally, I wouldn't mind this...but I don't play a game in the Sherlock Holmes universe to go through puzzles that could be in ANY game. I play a Sherlock Holmes game so I can BE Sherlock Holmes, exploring crime scenes and solving them in a way only he could. And you don't even have the excuse there's so little you can do with that, because just look at all the cases in the public domain stories. There's SO many ways to adapt and expand them without ever resorting to stupid puzzle ♥♥♥♥ that even Sierra was doing back in the 80s.

That being said, I do like the voice work of Holmes and Watson, especially Holmes. And the environments are pretty well done, especially for a lower-budget game like this. I wish the engine was a little better, as controlling Holmes and Watson felt like trying to drive a drunken tank at times, but it didn't hamper my experience of the game too much. Though, there WAS a bit too much backtracking, and, yeah, the scene with the dog was completely pointless.

As for the story...it started out pretty well, and then went to ♥♥♥♥ at the end. Minor spoilers from here on out.

So Moriarty's in the game, because apparently you just have to use Moriarty as much as you can, despite there being perfectly fine villains in the mythos. I understand this is part of a series, and he would be suited for 'Holmes' darkest case yet,' but he basically just shows up at the end with little fanfare, and he's just this utterly-generic 'evil for the sake of evil' villain, not at all the criminal mastermind and equal to Holmes he should be. What buildup there is was fine, but his appearance was completely underwhelming.

Not to mention, the final twist at the very end, once Moriarty's dealt with. I actually would have REALLY liked that, and thought it would be a great way to take Holmes as a character...except it's literally JUST introduced seconds before the credits roll. We're given no development, no buildup, it's just a way to cheaply garner audience sympathy right at the very end. It almost comes across as a deus-ex-machina, if it had ANY bearing on the plot. Moriarty doesn't even mention it until he's [SPOILERS] and uses it as his motivation in basically two words.

I would have loved it if we kept meeting Moriarty as the game went on, and he kept hinting about it, and he kept saying he had a reason for his crimes this time around, and it kept us in the dark and serves as a primary motivation to his character, rather than he's just doing it because he's evil.

This game could have used much better writing in general. For being called one of the best Sherlock Holmes games up to now, it's surprisingly amateurish. I just can't give it a recommendation, even though it has just enough of the Holmesian spirit to get me wanting more. If you want to buy it, buy it in a sale when it's 75% off, because I don't think it's worth much more than $5-10.

I really hope the next game, Crime and Punishment, will actually satisfy me. I DO have The Awakening, so maybe that will, too.
Posted: January 4th, 2014
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
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11 reviews
13.7 hrs on record
I have never read a Sherlock Holmes novel, so I can't really tell you if this game sticks close to its source material. Fortunately the only thing you need to know before playing is that Mr. Holmes is some kind of old timey super detective (And i'm pretty sure we have all deduced at least that much by now).

This game was actually a lot of fun. My favorite part was the "deduction tables", where you use the gathered clues to put two and two together and you try to solve the crime. The puzzles were also fun for the most part. I say for the most part, because there are a couple that made me smash the keyboard over my head once or twice. Seriously, If you are a masochist like me, who doesnt like to use walkthru's, you will find some of the puzzles super difficult. But hey, that's also part of the fun.

I found the story to be very well written. The twist that comes near the end was unexpected and really made me want to finish the game to see how it all plays out.
Posted: January 8th, 2014
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34 of 57 people (60%) found this review helpful
345 products in account
13 reviews
11.3 hrs on record
This game was quite disappointing. Despite being a detective game, there is very little actual investigations - the game turns into a simple point and click adventure game pretty quickly. While that is done quite well, and the puzzles themselves are quite good, albeit quite standard for the most part, the narrative structure of a Sherlock Holmes novel just fits terribly. As a game, you expect to be able to influence events as you come across them, not have Sherlock Holmes solve them behind the scenes and present the results afterwards - when you PLAY as him. As a player, I would have liked to be the one to logically think up the clever plots and put them in motion, not be forced to switch to Watson and be foriced to ignore evidence available to let the plot move along. As a mystery game, this fails spectacularly... which is surprising considering that this game is quite well made - with the exception of some of the worst animations I've seen in a game in a long time.
Posted: January 3rd, 2014
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33 of 57 people (58%) found this review helpful
190 products in account
5 reviews
17.1 hrs on record
The story begins with a case about stolen necklace. Sherlock holmes and his partner, Dr. Watson success to find and return it to the owner. But in the next day, Sherlock Holmes finds his reputation tarnished in the newspaper by a journalist because the necklace is claimed as fake necklace. Leaving that mystery unsolved, in the next case investigation, Dr. Watson finds that Sherlock Holmes behaviors are strange such as reckless and intimidates witnesses. What happens to Sherlock Holmes? Play this game!

Sometimes, you'll find humorous dialogues between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The graphic is good. The gameplay is point-and-click action but you can switch to third-person or first-person view. Many puzzles in here either you can solve it or skip it if you want to enjoy the story only. If you're confused finding something, you can use Sixth Sense ability for both characters.

When you lack of clue or item to solve something, Sherlock Holmes or Dr. Watson will say it. That makes you realize that you miss an item or a clue solve it. This maybe makes you feel the game is easy, unchallenging or maybe help you out for you who easy to miss something.

Last but not least. Do you expecting a slow-mo fight like Robert Downey Jr. did in his movie as Sherlock Holmes?
Unfortunately, there isn't any of it.
Posted: December 3rd, 2013
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