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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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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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

    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 14 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
I bought this on sale, because I love Sherlock Holmes, and solving mysteries.

This game is great in that sense. It's a lot of fun to play, and dig into the cases.

I do not recommend this game because:
1) It lacks even the most rudimentary regular save system, and instead relies on checkpoints
2) It does not inform you if you have reached a checkpoint, so you have no idea how far you have to go back if you need to quit to go do something else
3) It frequently deletes your checkpoint saves, requiring you to repeat whole cases over and over.

I had to repeat most of case 1 (starting over) due to failure of the checkpoint system.

After solving case 1, I went to the main menu and had a "continue" option now, to start case 2, which was great. I figured my progress was saved, so I exited the game. When I opened it up 3 days later, my save had been deleted, and I could only start a new game. So now I have a three-way choice -
1) play case 1 for a third time, and hope it somehow remembers my progress when I close the program
2) play the game entirely through in one sitting so their failed save mechanic doesn't keep me from finishing it
3) give up until the developers figure out how to institute a save mechanic.

Checkpoint save systems don't work unless there are frequent checkpoints, you know when you've reached one, and the game actually stores your checkpoint progress in a way that can later be retrieved. This game fails with both of these criteria.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
I strongly recommend this game to every Sherlock Holmes fan.

* amazing voice acting of superb quality
* unique, detailed and amazing environments; I cannot stress enough how well made they are
* interesting and mysterious cases
* great, believable characters with fleshed out personalities (Lestrade's version is especially entertaining)
* the cases are not obvious and require thinking and observation (mostly the latter :D)
* great balance between information digested by Sherlock (the game) and information left to be processed by us
* suprisingly unobtrusive UI
* deduction space (!)
* Toby and its nose
* The secret police division of Baker Street
* doing interesting analyses/experiments where you have to think and observe as well

almost Cons
* some minigames
* lock-picking

These are almost cons. Actually each type of minigame is interesting the first time but annoying when you are replaying chapters. Lock-picking gets repetitive quicker. Fortunately, you can skip most minigames and lock-picking. I only wish the option didn't appear after 15-20 seconds and istead was immediately available.

I've briefly played one of the previous Frogwares Sherlock games - something about Chthulu - and I don't remember it being that good. I don't expect this game to be topped anytime soon in terms of authentic Sherlock experience.
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184 of 192 people (96%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2015
One of my favorite games from 2014, and probably my all time favorite detective game is this. Crimes and Punishment is a blast to play! The new engine offers breathtaking views and stunning textures, and the voice acting is fantastic. You have to make moral choices in this game, which affects the story.

The cases are much more interesting in this game then the previous Sherlock games, thanks to great mission variation. Solve murders, investigate thefts and missing people. "Will you follow the law or your moral?", is the question you have to go by on every case.

Every case is smart and well thought out. You always think you understand who did the crime, until it suddenly turns the other way around. When you finally complete a case you feel satisfied though. You will look around for a long time, just because you want to find every clue. If you get stuck you can get hints, look in your journal and ask doctor Watson.

I think this game is very underrated. It's one of the most polished games released in 2014 and offers a great story with absolutely fantastic cases. If you haven't picked this game up yet, please consider doing it. I really hope Frogware will release more content for this game. DLC, expansion or sequel, because I adore the game and would really wish for more great and exciting cases to solve.

Crimes and Punishment gets a warm recommendation from me.
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284 of 340 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment is a beautiful and impressive adventure puzzle game starring a very popular detective who players will enjoy playing as to solve crime and choosing thier own choices in a case's outcome through deduction.

First off, the graphics of the game use the unreal engine 3 and a step up for the series.The facial features of the characters such as pores, scars, and even the detail on the clothing. Not only is the character detailed but so are the aesthetics and details put into each of the maps that the players will traverse to solve crimes, which gives it a it more immersion.

The music is appropriate for the game and kicks in at the right moment though the rest of the time the game is pretty quiet to letting concentrate and could use more to bring immersion. The voice acting is also decently done for most of the characters in the game and brings them to life in the game world.

Players can play the game with either a keyboard and mouse or with a game pad. Both are configured well and didn't include key binding, which isn't too bad since there aren't many keys to press for this type of game genre. Players be able to play this game in first or 3rd person whichever choice you decide. The controls may feel a bit stiff but overall it is not too bad at all.

Each of the maps in this game is really focused on the area where the crime appears. You won't find yourself in unnecessary places or free roaming since it isn't that sort of game though it is something to suggest for a future sequel. The game uses a fast travel system to travel around the map with a push of a button. With a button click, players can bring up a map and click on locations to travel where they need to go whenever you want. With each loading screen, Sherlock in the cab where the interface can also be brought up for the menu to look over the clues, evidence, and deduction while they wait. The menu itself is very sleek and organized.

The game play to Sherlock is to solve puzzles, gather evidence and to come up with deduction and solve crimes. The puzzles range from ordinary lock puzzles where you match locks to complicated puzzles where you rebuild molds, combine chemicals or find clues to fix certain situation, compare notes, Extreme arm wrestling and lots more variety to keep the game intriguing. There is a skip function for those that get frustrated or stuck at a puzzle but keep in mind that it is a puzzle game, and that self-satisfaction comes from solving by oneself.

Sherlock is armed with an arsenal of tools to help him combine clues and solve puzzles. Focus will help him see things that he will miss at times such as small marks and such. Imagination is when he gathers enough clues to solve a puzzle, he will be able to recreate the scenario in his mind to gather more clues and evidence and finally when he does get all this, he will be capable to go into deduction.
In deduction mode, Sherlock can look over his facts and evidence, draw a line between them and form bubbles and by doing so created deductions. Sometimes there is only one deduction in a bubble but other times. There will be two totals. As players look through all these bubbles, they'll be able to draw and combine a conclusion to the case. If the case is a contradiction, it will tell you between the bubbles. If it combines there will be a larger bubble and there will be a choice to the entire scenario. Either the person is guilty/innocent or an alternative choice route opened will be up to players to decide by finding enough clues and evidence.

The game introduces five case scenario total and may take a player 12-15 hours total to complete depending on how good they are at gathering clues and puzzles.

My opinion is that this is possibly the best puzzle/adventure game I have yet played. I enjoyed it though some of my cons are that the disguise function wasn't used as greatly as I thought and that the game hopefully will be even frequently more expansive with the deduction system in the future because that felt like the real meat of the game to me personally.

+ The graphic details are beautiful. You can see the details of the faces of characters, clothes, and the aesthetic to the background looks great with the Unreal 3 engine.
+ The puzzles are brilliant
+ The case themselves are very realistic in a sense
+ Brilliant story and cases. Especially the third case Blood Bath.
+ The voice acting is decently done. Most of the characters sounded great.
+ Deduction offers the players choices and replayability. Multiple choices on how to punish a crime or finish it off with another outcome.
+ Game lasts 12-15 hours

- Though beautiful the maps were decently sized and it felt too closed in especially with parts blocked off. Hopefully we'll see even larger areas in the future.
- Disguises weren't used as much in the game
- There is a skip button that pops up everytime that just seems to invite players to push it. Should be something you can turn off
- The online feature should take in more stats instead of just who chooses the choice or discovering it.

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104 of 113 people (92%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
I took it upon myself to wait until I had received 100% of the achievements before making my review.

Compared to The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, Frogwares and Focus Entertainment have come a VERY LONG WAY! From astoundingly beautiful graphics, to great plotlines and endless solutions, I was in awe the entire time.

The one thing I loved the most was the way they improved on Sherlock Holmes's personality. Compared to Testament, Holmes in Crimes and Punishments has a more gentle and chivalrous side to him, which is something definitely found in the books. I'm an oldschool Sherlock Holmes fan, so this game was perfect!

I am very excited to see possible sequels in the future.
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76 of 83 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2015
As a fan of adventure games i am always looking for new and entertaining adventure games to play. I‘m very picky and not every adventure game will satisfy my needs. I have stumbled on Sherlock Holmes Crimes and Punishment a while ago and added it to my wishlist. I bought it on summer sale and i don‘t regret it. I love the game.
First thing what caughts the eye is graphics. It is rare for an adventure game to have a really good graphics. Keep in mind that „technically good“ and „nice to the eye“ is different. A drawn 2D graphics can look much better than technically more advanced 3D graphics with poor 3D models. I remember when Broken Sword gone to 3D graphics, it looked awful, i was angry about that, i was disappointed that developers decided to go that way instead of just classical 2D graphics. It was a trend at that time and it was a bad trend. Sherlock Holmes Crimes and Punishment is one of those adventure games in full 3D where graphics looks really nice. Character face models are amazing. It lacks better animations like in Beyond two souls, Heavy rain or LA Noire, but i guess this game had much smaller budget, so it‘s really amazing what they had achieved in graphics department. Environments looks great too. You can take rally nice looking screenshots. The environments are different and pretty detailed. In short i don‘t have any complaints regarding graphics.
The game consists from 6 chapters which are 2,5-3 hours long each. The gameplay consists from exploring the crime scene, taking notice of every detail, gathering evidence and talking to the witnesses and victims. After all these things are done you can start a deduction process where you must make connections between collected statements and evidence and get a conclusion. There are few outcomes in every case, there‘re always few suspects and you can wrongly accuse a person of doing a crime and condemned him. But most fun is to find out who‘s the real culprit is. Even when you find him you can absolve him or make him guilty so that he would receive his punishment. It‘s your moral choice at the end of the chapter.
The game is not too hard but it‘s not easy either. You can be stuck at some point not knowing what to do. As always it‘s just some small thing you missed. There are some puzzles in the game. Each case has few of them. I like that puzzles are all different and are pretty logical and not too complicated except for lock hacking puzzles. They‘re in every case and sometimes you get more than one of it. But you can skip the puzzles, it doesn‘t have any impact to the story or outcome.
All in all i recommend this game to everyone who loves adventure games, you will not be disappointed. This is one of those hidden gems (*cough* The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 *cough*) made by a small company which probably didn‘t pay back.
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145 of 193 people (75%) found this review helpful
210 people found this review funny
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Watson: "Do you want to slit some more pigs throats?"
Holmes: "no."
Watson: "thank goodness for that."
Holmes: "I wish to impale one with a harpoon."
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63 of 71 people (89%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
This is the perfect Sherlock Holmes game. In Crimes and Punishments, you have six cases to solve, and its completely up to you to deduce the facts, and bring about judgment. Oh there is so much goodness where to start? The game is gorgeous. Victorian England never looked so good. The amount of different places you get to visit is amazing, from beautiful mansions to seedy back alleys. The voice acting is superb. Also, the voice synch is perfect. What I really love about this game is that after finishing a case, you can always come back when you want to do another case, without worrying if they are connected in any way. Each case comes with so many different possibly outcomes, if you find the evidence and come to certain conclusions. How you sentence who you believe is guilty also influences how the public sees you. The in-game journal is wonderful in helping you keep track of who is involved in the case, what items can help you advance the case, or look back at a dialogue that may have a clue. So the good stuff in a nutshell: The Look, the writing and the acting, the Game Mechanics, and the Stories of each Case. The negatives: I can't find them.
This is a great game to start with if you are interested in the Sherlock Holmes franchise. If you have already played through the catalog available of SH titles, I dare say you must play this because I think you'll find this to be arguably the best SH games to date.
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59 of 66 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
40.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2015
"Be quiet Watson, I'm trying to concentrate."

As puzzle games go, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is fairly tame. As tedious as the achievement for reaching all conclusions is (if that matters), the game is worth the experience - well thought-out characters, realistic motivations and a chance to play at being the world's greatest detective.

There are six individual cases, or chapters if you will, each with a unique crime for you to solve. Gameplay involves first gathering the evidence in the form of point-and-click / exploration. Suspects and other people are interviewed. During the course of doing this, sometimes additional information about clues you find can only be discovered by researching Holmes' archive, or by conducting an experiment, or even by chemical analysis. All of these actions combine to give you deductions, which take the form of facts floating around inside Holmes' brain, visualised by neurons firing between each other.

The next part is what I find to be the most fun though. Just having these facts floating around inside your head isn't enough. You have to put them together. For example: a person needs a certain Strength Requirement to wield a harpoon properly, also you know the victim was Pinned to the Wall. Put them together, and you conclude the murderer must be physically strong. Put enough of the facts together and you'll be able to conclude who the guilty party is.

It comes as no surprise that there are various conclusions for each chapter. Each of them makes its own kind of logical sense, and is fun to experiment with. There is even a 'correct' answer to each of the cases - and the opportunity to check whether you have the right one or not is entirely optional, meaning nothing is given away without your wanting it. The only problem I find with replaying for different endings is the necessity of starting the case over again from scratch - there is no option to simply replay your deductions from near the end of the case. This unfortunately makes for a bit of a grind as some cases have numerous location changes - many of which are for as little as a single item - meaning you will grow bored of seeing the interior of Holmes's carriage very quickly. One case has as many as six different endings.

More on the gameplay. I've already mentioned finding objects, interrogation, drawing deductions. In addition, there is lockpicking (an interesting take on a concept rife in so many games today), imagination (a little-used idea that works well to break up other gameplay elements), and there are also conversation events whereby Sherlock catches people out in lies. Leaving people gaping like fish and floundering for words is very enjoyable.

The cast for voice-acting is excellent, although I think it is soured by Robinson's aussie accent. There are two aussies in this game - while Lady Brackenstall sounds more genuine, Robinson sounds exaggerated, a bit too much like Steve Irwin for my liking. Perhaps for the time-period (1890s) this is accurate, and perhaps it adds to his character, but I just found it too over-the-top.

The visuals are mildly impressive. While nothing stands out as particularly fantastic, the landscapes and rooms depicted are done well enough that you feel transported to late 19th Century England. Typewriters and the general hubbub of Scotland Yard offices is one of the better sounds.

In closing, I should point out that the game is inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, and that Crime and Punishment is a reference to Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel of the same title - giving the gamer the opportunity to find the right culprit, and to make the moral choice of condemning or absolving their actions.
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84.3 hrs
Posted: October 22
Always enjoy a good Sherlock Holmes game and this one was no exception. I also appreciate it being in third person as it feels much better playing than if it were in first person like some of the earlier games.
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6.0 hrs
Posted: October 19
Eventhough this game have passed around 2 years from now but the gameplay is superb. Well if u kind love to think and give full benefit of doubt before made a judgement, this game for you.
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15.2 hrs
Posted: October 15
I was pretty impressed with this. I was recommended this game after finishing L.A. Noire and was looking for something similar. If you liked that game, you'll probably like this game. There are very few action sequences however, and all of the travel is done with load screens between each area.
I wasnt totally satisfied with the 'interrogation' sequences. You can't get an answer wrong. If you choose the wrong evidence, the game just tells you to try it again. You can't mess it up.
The game has some beautiful enviroments and really detailed textures and lighting (a beauty for the time it was released).
I'd recommend the game although it's to be noted that the gameplay and story are almost completely linear (aside from the final case). Before that, any desicions you make dont have that huge of an impact or outcome.

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23.5 hrs
Posted: October 8
Wow, great game! The graphics are superb, best I have seen in a 2014 game. The facial expressions and details close up on the faces are VERY lifelike, so much so that it is freaky. Reflections off eyes etc. The sound is superb too, right down to the hum of gas lights overhead and sounds great in dolby 5.1. The game is much more than a point and click. It does well to give you the feeling of being open world, many clues to discover and easy to miss things. Holmes has two talents that he uses to find clues and reconstruct events. This was my first Holmes game and I loved it. Very unique experience for me. I ended up convicting the wrong person 2x, fooled me. Gameplay takes a good amount of time if you dont rush, I got 24 hours out of it.

The voice acting is good as well as the stories/script. You can solve the mysteries for different conclusions but there is only one correct, you also have a moral decision at the end to make. There are mini games for things like picking locks in the main game and it even gives you the option to skip it and move through it so you dont get stuck. I personally found the mini games fun, I only skipped one.

The only trouble I had was the case at the botanical garden where I missed picking up a single note that a suspect had. Missing that one note made it impossible for me to make my conclusion, so I wasted about 30 minutes or more trying to figure out what the heck I missed.

If you like the idea of solving mysteries then this is a must have game. At the end of each case I had a good sense of accomplishment that I had done the right thing, even when I was wrong!
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16.9 hrs
Posted: October 5
I love this game! Running around, looking for clues and trying to solve crimes. What more could you want? I love the look of the game and I thought the gameplay was very fun. I'll admit at the end of the first case, I was a little confused. I thought it was going to be a game that boiled down to one clear conclusion and you didn't get to pick. And while it is true to some extent, you still get to pick your own ending and decide the culprit's fate. I ended up liking that part of the game a lot. It made it feel a little less linear.

The length of the game and the mysteries was nice too. While I would like a hundred more cases to solve, this game didn't feel like it was over too quickly. I'm familiar with the original Sherlock Holmes stories, so there was one case I recognized right from the start. Luckily for me, that case was actually one of the quicker ones and I liked the sequence with Toby, so I didn't have to just go through the motions just to hurry up and move on.

I believe there's another Sherlock game in this series (they referenced a previous Jack the Ripper case which would be amazing, I'm sure). If so, I will definitely have to seek it out.
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15.9 hrs
Posted: October 3
Having just completed the game I must honestly say that I am satisfied overall. The plot was intigruing for the majority of the cases and the possibility of multiple endings and solutions were a nice touch. However, despite this, it felt as though the game was leading me to my conclusions, rather than me making my own. This is my only negative comment about the game, as the mechanics, graphics, dialogue etc. are all excellent. I look forward to what Frogware will come up with next.
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12.5 hrs
Posted: October 1
If you like detective story, go for it :)
It has a richer cases and interesting clues to make you to find out who is the one guilty as charged.

The only downside was the camera, I don't know why or my laptop problem, whenever I run/move from a angle to another angle, I felt fainted lol

Nevertheless, it's still a worthy game when it's on sale XD
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