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

    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
59 of 66 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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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Much more polished and better in almost every way than the previous game(s). All minigames are now skippable, but they're also easier so you probably won't need to skip them. Graphically improved, especially faces are really well done. Lip sync is fixed now, after seeming off in the Testament. The game is divided in six separate cases that allow you to solve them in multiple ways and also give you some moral choices. My favorite case is #2 - the missing train, which is strangely also the only case I didn't solve correctly - I nailed the 'who', but missed the 'how' after stupidly changing my deduction because of some clue conflicts. And the game let me do this and continue, which is great. There are some new mechanics that work to make you feel like the legendary detective by showing how he gets to his conclusions.

This time you can only play in first or third person, the point & click mode is gone. I guess that's a plus, since there are no items that are really hard to even spot while playing in first-person mode.

My only gripes are the new Watson VA - he's okay, but the previous one just nailed it, and the cab cutscene that shows when you travel between locations that for some reason really bothered me, I'd prefer a loading screen instead.
Also I became 'stuck' several times, had to mash WASD to unstuck myself. No big deal tho.

Overall, an improvement over the previous game in almost all aspects.

3.5 golden sloths
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36 of 48 people (75%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
I feel that my deductive skills have increased.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Sherlock Holmes Adaptations : Sherlock Holmes is clean and respectable; the epitome of a British gentleman. He is STERN and STOIC and NEVER JOKES ABOUT ANYTHING
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Canon Sherlock Holmes : *is an angry college dropout who lives in a pile of his own trash*

Canon Sherlock Holmes : *spends 90% of any given story screwing with everyone*

Canon Sherlock Holmes : *almost starts crying because Lestrade was nice to him*
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is pretty good and I commend it to the attention of anyone who likes mysteries or adventure games.

I bought it a year ago based on the unexpectedly strong praise of PC Gamer and then let it languish in my Steam library until this weekend. It turns out I should have gotten around to it sooner; it's not the budget title I expected, but a serious and earnest attempt to do the mystery genre real justice (so to speak) in games.

FIrst, I should note that the presentation is solid; although it's not an AAA title and never will be, the environments are detailed, the people are expressive, and the voice acting is uniformly solid and engaging. Everything related to storytelling clearly got priority. The stuff that isn't up to snuff are the things that are secondary to that experience, like the somewhat sluggish mouse controls or the kind of janky running. These things are minor annoyances sometimes, not dealbreakers, and have nothing to do with the real meat of the game.

And the meat of the game is this: every single mystery has multiple suspects with plausible motives and multiple ways events could have gone down. Simulating "solving a mystery" is one of the absolute hardest things to do in a videogame and it's why so many "mystery" games (including this one, to a degree) are really adventure games with puzzles as stand-ins for actual reasoning. Thankfully, while there are some minigames and jigsaw-puzzle-solving and connect-the-dots and so forth, Crimes and Punishments mostly consists of accumulating real clues and listening to real testimony and it's committed to letting you miss things or draw the wrong conclusions and even accuse the wrong people (at which point the game just keeps going!). It's a great design approach and I hope anyone attempting mystery games in the future takes note.

John Walker at RPS hated it but reading his review it becomes clear that he kindasorta didn't solve a lot of the cases. Like, he talks about how case such-and-such has a nonsensical out-of-left-field ending and I'm pretty sure it's because he didn't collect all the evidence and didn't come up with the right picture of the crime.

And it made me realize that that's always going to be a problem with the genre, even when the games aren't low-budget titles from France - if a mystery game plays fair and doesn't railroad you and gives you real chances to succeed based on your intuition and deduction, that means it's also giving you real chances to fail, and a lot of people are going to fail and just think the mystery is dumb or the game is stupid, regardless of its actual quality.

If you understand that, and you're willing to accept that this game represents - to possibly the greatest degree yet achieved in a videogame - an actual test of your reasoning skills, I think you'll be in for a lot of fun.
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