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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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
The Good:
-Very beautiful and highly detailed graphics of areas and characters
-Challenging but not ball busting puzzles (and achievements)
-Wide variety of interesting puzzles and characters with their motives/history
-Easy to understand interface and game mechanics
-True to the Sherlock Holmes experience as far as characters/dialogue and certain areas
-Multiple conclusions and moral choices make cases interesting
-Skippable puzzles, if you're into that sort of thing
-Thought and attentiveness to detail are encouraged to get the correct/best outcomes
-Sherlock runs like a dork
-The telescope ;) you know you wanna

The Bad:
-Occassional crashes on the Deduction page
-Flickering/stuttering or blurred textures
-Could be argued some parts of the game are too easy
-The cases feel somewhat isolated and filler-ish
-The bridge puzzle!

Overall a beautifully designed and thought provoking detective game worth a good 20 hours of gameplay. I got mine on a pretty good sale but if you're a Sherlock Holmes fan it's surely worth the price. A solid 8.5/10
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
It's not a bad game, but I just felt that I was being led around by the hand a little too much. The game is constantly telling you what to do and where to go that any feeling of freedom in an investigation is completely lost. I feel that the game is solving the crimes and I'm just going through the motions.

The mini-games are ok for the most part, but are simply used as filler.

I'd give the game 4 out of 10.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
(Sorry for my English I'm Italian)
Great graphic and interesting stories, but it was much too easy, so easy that I felt annoyied very early. I think that if the game would be more difficult, it would became a really great game.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
game has some performance issues.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Conan Doyles's novels were existing. This game is awfully boring. You waste your time playing stupid minigames, which you don't know how it works, and travelling back and forth the crime scene, because the « best detectice of London » is too stupid to search everywhere the first time he went. The deduction part of the came is far-fetched and directive.
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4 of 12 people (33%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Those of you, who actually read Sherlock Holmes or any other good detective stories, shield yourselves from this travesty. There's literally nothing here except convoluted puzzles that have nothing to do with solving cases. Witness questioning can be fun, but in the 4 hours I was able to withstand this excessive boredom, I had 2 witness interviews, and 1 crime scene inspection. Everything else were ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ puzzles:

"Chemisty" puzzle rules:
Blue reagent must be second after the first reagent.
Orange reagent must be the third before first reagent.
First reaget must be the fourth after the second reagent that is the first before Blue reagent, but after fifth reagent before Orange reagent which is second after the first before third.

PSHHHHHH!!! No, something isn't right. I need to start the reaction from the beginning. Again.
PSHHHHHH!!! No, something isn't right. I need to start the reaction from the beginning. Again.
PSHHHHHH!!! No, something isn't right. I need to start the reaction from the beginning. Again.
PSHHHHHH!!! No, something isn't right. I need to start the reaction from the beginning. Again.

"F this, I'll just google." *Finds correct non-sensical order*

Time for logical analysis!

Cow + Grass? Nope...
Cow + Garden? Nope...
Cow + Theater ticket? Of course! The theater ticket is very expensive. Must have sold the cow to buy it!

10/10 most legit detective simulator 1887-2015.

None of these dumb puzzles are put into the game for any real purpose other than stalling player progress, making the game seem longer than it is. On top of that their descriptions have been completely nonsensical so far and had nothing to do with the solution.

Witness: Soul Suspect is a better detective game than this. A lot better. Because there you are actually doing detective job for 90% of the game. Hell, Deus Ex HR and MD have more "detective" gameplay than this.
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1 of 14 people (7%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
This game is poorly optimized. Gave up on it after an hour of playing because of the constant FPS drops. I have a brand new computer with good specs by the way.

I can't judge the game itself unfortunately...
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
184 of 192 people (96%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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282 of 339 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
[SPOILER FREE]
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.

Pros
+ 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



Cons
- 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 112 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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Inquisitor Penguin
6.5 hrs
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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andpic12
57.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
Really good detective game. Couple of the cases, Black Peter and Abbey Grange Affair, come right from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. Good: Great gameplay, challenging at times, great visual scenes, realistic adult dialogue (not melodramatic or poorly written), and various case conclusions to make you carefully consider your accusation and moral choice. Game avoids the modern adaptations that depicts Holmes as an action hero. Holmes was a good boxer, and practiced "Baritsu," but was known for his detective skills. Understandably, some gamers might not appreciate that. Bad: Some of the mini-games are disappointing, and Blood Bath halfway through makes you feel like a dull version of Indiana Jones, not Holmes. Perhaps a little misleading advertising? One cinematic trailer makes you believe there are more cut scenes that display interesting interactions that are never seen in the game. I have the PC version, maybe it’s on the consoles?
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-pg- Korva
14.4 hrs
Posted: September 18
I threw the ciggerete in the water....I want to cry because I am happy
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valdisreid
21.7 hrs
Posted: September 17
I enjoy a good murder mystery. I really like reading and watching mysteries and solving them before the big reveal. This game is great at everything I enjoy about sluething: Finding clues, interviewing suspects and witnesses and putting all the pieces together to come to the conclusion. Some people have argued that based on the clues they found investigating some of the cases, they came to the wrong conclusion at the end of the cases, claiming that in the end it is really a guessing game in the duduction screen. To a degree I agree with these folks, but if you really pay attention to what was said in the conversations with your suspects, you will generally find there was enough info provided to make a highly educated guess.

The game occasionally crashes, and that is annoying, but overall everything about this game is enjoyable enough so that I can still recommend it to those who enjoy solving mysteries, especially when its on sale. If you want an action game, then I would skip this game if I were you.
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residentvl
8.8 hrs
Posted: September 14
Absolutely love this game, it has some problems sure but anyone whos a Sherlock Holmes fan should love this game. It feels a lot like just some random stories from throughout the time that require sherlocks mind. Im only half way through this game but ill be keeping a good eye on this company from now on, have both huge potential and currently really enjoyable.
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jakeleecreasey24
2.3 hrs
Posted: September 12
No beginning tutorial, thus kind of confusinng at the beginning. Lots of loading screens. Need to move from one spot to another pretty often and that involves loading screens and waiting. I personally didn't enjoy it so much but if this doesn't bother you, you probably will enjoy it.
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BaBuuBaBuu
11.2 hrs
Posted: September 12
Nice!!
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