Become the most celebrated detective of all time: Sherlock Holmes! Use your impressive talents as a detective to solve six thrilling and varied cases: murders, missing persons, spectacular thefts and numerous investigations that sometimes lead you into the realms of the fantastic.
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Very Positive (61 reviews) - 95% of the 61 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,297 reviews) - 93% of the 1,297 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 29, 2014

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“I have to believe Holmes would approve.”
8/10 – Polygon

“Thrilling detective-game ... even Moriaty would play it!”
85/100 – GameStar

“Hands down the best detective game I've ever played and one of the most enjoyable experiences of the 2014 gaming year so far.”
9,5/10 – Hooked Gamers

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About This Game

Become the most celebrated detective of all time: Sherlock Holmes! Use your impressive talents as a detective to solve six thrilling and varied cases: murders, missing persons, spectacular thefts and numerous investigations that sometimes lead you into the realms of the fantastic.

Will you follow your moral compass, or will you apply the letter of the law?

The great freedom of action in Crimes & Punishments allows you to conduct your investigations in the manner you deem appropriate. Use the 14 extraordinary skills of detection for which Sherlock is famous, choose the avenues of enquiry you wish to pursue, interrogate your suspects and, from your deductions, name the guilty parties... you can even determine their fate! The ramifications are far-reaching, and your decisions will exert a real influence through your reputation or the surprising consequences that will arise where you least expect them…

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE AMD RADEON HD 3850/NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600 GTS OR HIGHER
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 14 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE GAME ACTIVATION
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P o † ә Я
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Nice and clear
every case is hard to solve, in every case you might find out what is the truth because your deductive can only be the conclusion this can be overthink but if you stand in the right way focus to the detail it will easy to finish your goals

RECOMMEND FOR THE PERSON WHO LIKE INVESTIGEST GAME

Crime and purnishment reduce the hard way to solve the case in deductive board this episode is telling you when you choose the wrong connection event
if you ever played sherlock's game you will like this one
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thylaa
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Very enjoyable experience! I absolutely loved this game and definitely recommend it to all Sherlock Holmes fans!

The only thing that was a bit of letdown to me was the clunky controls that were quite annoying at times, but that is easily overlooked if you are looking for some detective guesswork :D

As a big fan of Sherlock Holmes adventures in all their iterations I admit most of the cases have been quite challenging,
with exception of Abbey Grange case since I have been rewatching Granada series and that's one of the recent episodes I've seen. It's my own fault though ;)

TLDR; yes it's a good game play it
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Jay Garrick
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Really good detective game. Really makes you think during the cases and is very story rich!
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tomlikeabomb
( 19.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Game crashes all the time. Wasted so many hours replaying sections, trying to figure out what was breaking it, and waiting for devs to send new save files. Buyer beware!
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Plesnivous
( 15.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be proud! It is up to you who you accuse of crime. This was fun to play.
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BLAHA BLAST
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
♥♥♥♥'s dank, bruh
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Shocky The Lone Wanderer
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
The butler did it.
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General Nate
( 36.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Outstanding adventure game. My only minor complaint was the speed of Sherlock running around, as it was quite slow at times. However, the mysteries and puzzles more than make up for such a minor issue.
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2001Muse
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
This game is good im most ways; the graphics are good, plot lines interesting and some features, such as the creating character profiles through observation, are very good.
The appearances of the characters and most of the speech and actions are true to the book- I love the Sherlock Holmes stories and this game is a pretty good representation.
However, the loading times aren't brilliant, though they do allow acess to casebook during loading screens which is good.
Some of the objectives are unclear, but it is up to you as a player I suppose, to logically think of what to do next.
Overall a good game, would reccomend.
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TARS
( 13.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Nothing in this game really excels, I wouldn't say that it was a bad experience, I had fun and enjoyed experiencing the game. But the flaws in the game are very noticeable, clunky controls, very linear and easily solvable cases, pointless filler action to make you feel like you are doing something when the game is just holding your hand through the experience. I don't feel mad though, I think that the developer is just caught in this awkward phase in gaming where certain aspects are expected of a game like detailed background environments, realistic character models, three dimensional environments that really felt superficial in this game. I'm sure this took a substantial amount of effort from the development team to make, but I feel it caused them to lose focus on the core aspects of the game like having truly branching case conclusions, clues as well as false leads and impactful endings to the cases themselves.

You can find the full review over here on the Mouse & Controller blog: http://mouseandcontroller.blogspot.com/2016/05/sherlock-holmes-crimes-and-punishments.html.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I was thuroughly satisfied with this game. I enjoyed the movies, the books, and the BBC television show. It is only natural that I should try and enjoy the video game.

PROS
- Graphics are steller.
- The logical deduction puts more of the solving power in your hands.
- I liked the voice acting for the most part.
- Super fun.

CONS
- The limited walking is that illusion of freedom in the hub-world. Which is fine, but distracting.
- Recycled voice actors can be distracting.
- While you can draw your own conclusions, and it does give you the option to choose a "right way" and a more honorable, merciful way -- the choices do not reflect game play long term.


Overall: 8.5/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Very good point and click adventure. Is a must to play if you like detectives and Sherlock Holmes in particular. What I liked in the game that even after finding all clues in the case you need to do some brain work yourself to find real culprit and not accuse innocent.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
A really great detective/mystery game, and not incidentally also an excellent Sherlock Holmes adaptation. No Moriarty, no Irene Adler, no New Sherlock, no Shipping, just detective work, early forensics, and legwork. A very, very solid game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
This is detective adventure game with six independent chapters. I must say that this is one of the best adventure games I have played in last few years.

Pros:
+ Length: It took me 22 hours to finish the game (I am experianced player)
+ Story: The storytelling is catching and interested me from the beginning at each chapter
+ Puzzles: I would say that they were quite adequate and even if player has trouble with them, there is always possibility to skip them - the game is obviously centered at story and detective part and most puzzles reflect that
+ English humour - I loved it! No further comment needed :D
+ Characters: The people in the game are alive and real, at least that it is like it seemed to me.
+ Decisions: The decisions do not have impact on the game itself, but still they felt important and interesting to me. I liked the possibility to look at the statistics of the other players decisions, which is a nice feature.

Cons:
- Cannot think of any. Some of the puzzles were a bit obscure, but as I said, there is always possibility to skip them.

Conclusion: If you are into detective stories and adventure games with a lot of story and characters, this is a obligatory game for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Buy if you love jailing, and putting innocent citizens on death row!
Buy if you don't, and you actually play games the way they are meant to be played!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This game is good im most ways; the graphics are good, plot lines interesting and some features, such as the creating character profiles through observation, are very good.
The appearances of the characters and most of the speech and actions are true to the book- I love the Sherlock Holmes stories and this game is a pretty good representation.
However, the loading times aren't brilliant, though they do allow acess to casebook during loading screens which is good.
Some of the objectives are unclear, but it is up to you as a player I suppose, to logically think of what to do next.
Overall a good game, would reccomend.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Outstanding adventure game. My only minor complaint was the speed of Sherlock running around, as it was quite slow at times. However, the mysteries and puzzles more than make up for such a minor issue.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Finished it in 13 hours not rushing. I enjoyed it. 13 hrs = maybe wait for it to be on sale. Keep in mind I do not regret the purchase.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes stories since my childhood and an actual admirer of SH Games series. I just couldn't overlook "Crimes & Punishments"!
Although, I'd like to notice that some moments and endings of recent games can seem both very deep and bright... and disturbing for some people (I mean, when you're not so sure if you can agree with it as a part of one big story of Sherlock Holmes' life). However, I always liked it how these games developed. I would bought this game anyways - and, honestly, I don't feel sorry for spending time with this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
A must for Sherlock fans. As an avid reader and fanboy of Sir Arthur himself. This game has been a pleasure to play. Although not perfect, Crimes and Punishment offers a engaging detective game with mutiple conclusions to each case. As it should be, as murder cases should not be as straightforward like in most other detective games. What makes this game stand out from the other crime solvers is that YOU must figure who did it and why. There are muiltiple suspects in each case, all with good reason and evidence to suggest they did it. once you believe you found the true culprit, you can then choose to CONDEMN or ABSOLVE them.
Do you believe that cold blooded murderers deserve to get hanged? Or do you feel sorry for them and just give them a slap on the wrist and tell them not to do it again? Its a purely moral choice and its up to you.

Don't worry though, its not hard. if you pay attention and use a bit of logic, it should be easy to deduce who did it.

Pros:
+6 cases, all based on original Doyle works, but changed around to fit theme and story. No overarching plot. Purely episodic.
+Easy to use UI. The journal is easy to navigate and the deduction menu is the most interesting part of the game.
+Heavily detailed environments to explore. Good use of the unreal 3 engine. Atmosphere is good at times. Areas sometimes a bit lacking but cool to navigate.
+Classic Sherlock. This is Sherlock through and through, Eccentric and cunning. Awkward but stern. A cold hearted detective with near no emotion but a brillant mind in deduction nonetheless. Solves crime his own way, even to break the law himself, and causes Watson to be baffled by his nonsense. Get inside the mind of a rather dark character.
+Mutiple suspects means mutiple conclusions. You have to find out and choose who did it.

Cons:
- Can be poorly optimised at times. framedrops and occasional freezing happens sometimes. But not too much to interupt gameplay.
- Cases are too relaxing. There is no tension whatsoever. It seems though that after a murder happened, everyone sitsback and relaxes. Even Sherlock and Watson seem like their really on holiday instead of solving a murder.
-Visual options on launcher instead of in game.
-No fov slider. Narrow fov can be dizzy to some. I got used to it quick, but I do wish it can be wider.
-Annoying mouse acceleration. My camera can spazz out and sometimes it hard to precisely control my camera.
-Useless 3rd-person camera. I always used the 1st-person view. You need to looking close for clues.
-Watson can you get out of my way! Watson can block you in doorways. Hitboxes awkwardly made.
-Some cases are too short.
-In game puzzles are too simple and straightforward. however, I really don't mind, all i care about is finding clues and solving the case. I don't care about a matching game or a lockpicking minigame.

Despite its flaws, its a game worthy of the Holmes name itself. The gameplay is quite solid, allowing you to collect clues and deduce, but doesn't give too much away to make it too obvious. Makes you think.
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