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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Fuct
( 18.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Cool game with interesting puzzles. Each case was a good length although a possibly a little too long to do one in a single play session if you don't have much time to spare.

One thing that did irk me a little was the loading screens between areas were a bit on the long side.

As an aside; weirdly the pause menu made my graphics card temp skyrocket.
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Pauly
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I am a huuge fan of the Herlock Holmes Stories, so i had to get this game.
Turns out, it was a good idea.
in this game you will not only seaarch for clues and hunt criminals but also choose how to punish them. You can stick loyal to the law or follow your inner spirit.
Sometimes it is really tought to make a decision.
I was very sad when i finished the game and closed the last case, i hope there will be more games of this style coming.
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Madmaxthe7th
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
I like Sherlock Holmes and am a fan of the books and tv shows but most the games I have played have not been good at all.
This has to be the first good sherlock homes game I have ever play and it's so good I hope they make another:) charachers are intresting and well acted, puzzels are fun and fit in the stories well. all in all a good game.

might be a bit easy for some people but I like the fact you did not get stuck and lose the flow of the story as this can make it easy to forget key bits of info.
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Kess
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
If you'r a fan of any of the original works such as 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', then this game is for you. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments plays out much like one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories, and is a genuine pleasure to play. The positive notes of the gam are that ambience of the game is on point, and the cases kep you interested through to the conclusion. The negatives are that, firstly, the game controls feel a bit clumsy at times, most notably when investigating some clues, and secondly, that the puzzles themselves are not particularily challenging. A third drawback can also be argued in that it has next to no replay value, but this is more an inherent flaw in the genre of mystery games as a whole than a reflection on this game in particular.

In short, if you have $35 and a weekend to yourself, and are a fan of Sherlock Holmes or even just a good mystery, pick up this game. you won't regret it.

Immersion: 4/5
Ambience: 5/5
Controls: 4/5
Replay Value: 2/5
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Raxyz
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
I'm not a Sherlock Holmes fan in the sense that I've never read the books, but the characters always felt interesting to me. That aside, this is a detective game done right. Every case does NOT give you the answer after giving you all the clues, you have to read through the clues you've gathered and the conversation logs to make the deduction YOURSELF. That to me, was awesome. No other game did something as brilliant as that.
The only thing I can complain about this game is being 6 cases only, I'd play 50 of this brilliantly crafted game.
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Slyphert
( 24.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Product received for free
This is just an amazing game, maybe the first one that I've played since I created my Steam account.

Six cases that will make you think hard to solve, and very good graphics and gameplay.

If you're a fan of this kind of game, solving puzzles and riddles, go for it, you absolutely won't regret it.
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[PengPeng]Joe
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
I love this game! Really great and smart level designs, great detail and humour.
I got sucked in by this game from the very start. The story is just so appealing.
I can recommend this game to anyone who loves story-, detective- or point and click games!
5 out of 5!!
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MarcusG
( 44.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
"Crimes and Punishments" is a classic adventure that let's you solve a handful of murder cases as Sherlock Holmes. It's a highly polished game with good graphics and (mostly) excellent voice acting. And it does a good job of capturing the essence and the quirks of the Greatest Detective, making it a good buy for fans of the famous character.

But what really makes this game stand out amongst other adventures: "Crimes and Punishments" actually gives you a chance to fail without reprimanding you for it. You will form your own deductions based on the clues that you find. Evidence will be ambiguous, leading to various possible outcomes of each case. The correct solution is not always obvious. And if you accuse the wrong person of comitting a crime, the game follows through. No "You failed", no "Reload and try again". This notion of non-linearity is somewhat of a novelty for adventure games which I thoroughly enjoyed.

My only criticism would be the lack of an overarching, meaningful story to tie it all together. The game tries to get a bit of closure during the last case, but feels way too rushed and too contrived, resulting in a rather bland anticlimax.
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Karl Franz von Reikland
( 22.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
lovely stories, controls, design, graphics AND I GOT ALL THE ACHIEVEMENTS
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Barragan
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
An evolution of adventure game. Frogwares developed their game to a higher level with evolved game system. After L.A Noire, I dare say this is a new history of adventure genre.
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PlayDead
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Product received for free
It's Amazing
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✪ H2RO2
( 23.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Frogwares has been on a very long roll with their Sherlock Holmes games for a very long time. This game is no exception.
Pros:
Gameplay. Amazing, feels more explorative than a few of the earlier titles. Love being able to look for clues myself instead of being pointed to everything. Dialogue feels more choice based than previous as well.
Choices. The deductions you can make are nuts. You can get things wrong, cause people's deaths, put away the wrong suspect. It's limited, but then, these titles are smaller than other companies' and what they are doing in terms of choice is still pretty incredible.
Story. A mix of canon and new cases makes the game pretty enjoable, and not as predictable as it would have been if they'd had cases from the story at every turn.
Visuals. BEAUTIFUL. Although lacking in a few areas, so many of the enviornments were very pretty and immersive. It was great to look around at the scenary while progressing.
Voice acting. The best so far in the series, I think. Loved Holmes' actor.

Cons:
Choices. Limited. Want more hands on ability. But obviously we're getting there.
Exploration. The worlds felt very alive and very cool, and being able to miss clues makes me want to go out further to explore things. The day we get an open-world Holmes day will be amazing.
Story. The short cases were great. However, it lacked a story on the whole as the previous games had one. I missed that. Working to an end goal of a larger mystery while tying up these litttle problems would have been incredible.

Pros and cons aside, this game is defnitely worth playing if you like the title, and if you're into seeing how mystery games are progressing. Looking forward to seeing more.
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MG
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Нормально,для любителя.
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J Woog
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Don't buy it, just don't.
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DaMadGeek
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.”
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Z Simmox
( 18.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Very Good,if your a Sherlock Fan.
Pretty good cases to solve and some unique actions and skills to use
Puzzles are fairly straight forward but if your sloppy you can miss critical information and get the wrong conculsion.
Acting,Atmosphere and Gameplay are all pretty good overall.maybe a tad too easy or predictable mid game.

Six cases to solve,which are all quite interesting
One of the cases is a bit of a stretch even for Sherlock but its no game breaker.

you can skip the puzzles if you want
but the reinactments are worth doing and quite well done.
and there are some reaction quicktime events that can catch you out,if your not on the ball.
generally you can predict when these will occur.

My only minor complaint was the ending,it is was a bit ambiguous . 8/10 Sherlock fans +1
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Aleriza
( 27.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
this game makes me feel like a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ version of sherlock games, but at least im trying
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nicketmehta
( 21.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Amazing game!!!! I wish it was available on Mac OS though. I played all the different versions on my PC, and loved it. But my PC eventually broke down (for reasons unrelated to the game) and so I bought a Macbook pro, but now I want to replay it once more but cant. Still an amazing game.
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CosmicCommander
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
An excellent adventure game. Each case is interesting, and the deduction system is really fun to use and play around with. The gameplay of searching around for clues does fall short in that you just need to walk up and interact with every interactable entity that you come across to gather all the evidence you need (which you'll know when every clickable thing has a green icon over it), but I enjoy the fun of the process. I look forward to the upcoming sequel a lot; six cases is a fair amount, but there's limited replayability so once you're done you probably won't get the same enjoyment from playing the same cases again unless you wait a year or so to play again.
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Nocturn
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Boring
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Very Good,if your a Sherlock Fan.
Pretty good cases to solve and some unique actions and skills to use
Puzzles are fairly straight forward but if your sloppy you can miss critical information and get the wrong conculsion.
Acting,Atmosphere and Gameplay are all pretty good overall.maybe a tad too easy or predictable mid game.

Six cases to solve,which are all quite interesting
One of the cases is a bit of a stretch even for Sherlock but its no game breaker.

you can skip the puzzles if you want
but the reinactments are worth doing and quite well done.
and there are some reaction quicktime events that can catch you out,if your not on the ball.
generally you can predict when these will occur.

My only minor complaint was the ending,it is was a bit ambiguous . 8/10 Sherlock fans +1
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Frogwares has been on a very long roll with their Sherlock Holmes games for a very long time. This game is no exception.
Pros:
Gameplay. Amazing, feels more explorative than a few of the earlier titles. Love being able to look for clues myself instead of being pointed to everything. Dialogue feels more choice based than previous as well.
Choices. The deductions you can make are nuts. You can get things wrong, cause people's deaths, put away the wrong suspect. It's limited, but then, these titles are smaller than other companies' and what they are doing in terms of choice is still pretty incredible.
Story. A mix of canon and new cases makes the game pretty enjoable, and not as predictable as it would have been if they'd had cases from the story at every turn.
Visuals. BEAUTIFUL. Although lacking in a few areas, so many of the enviornments were very pretty and immersive. It was great to look around at the scenary while progressing.
Voice acting. The best so far in the series, I think. Loved Holmes' actor.

Cons:
Choices. Limited. Want more hands on ability. But obviously we're getting there.
Exploration. The worlds felt very alive and very cool, and being able to miss clues makes me want to go out further to explore things. The day we get an open-world Holmes day will be amazing.
Story. The short cases were great. However, it lacked a story on the whole as the previous games had one. I missed that. Working to an end goal of a larger mystery while tying up these litttle problems would have been incredible.

Pros and cons aside, this game is defnitely worth playing if you like the title, and if you're into seeing how mystery games are progressing. Looking forward to seeing more.
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18 of 29 people (62%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Нормально,для любителя.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
"Crimes and Punishments" is a classic adventure that let's you solve a handful of murder cases as Sherlock Holmes. It's a highly polished game with good graphics and (mostly) excellent voice acting. And it does a good job of capturing the essence and the quirks of the Greatest Detective, making it a good buy for fans of the famous character.

But what really makes this game stand out amongst other adventures: "Crimes and Punishments" actually gives you a chance to fail without reprimanding you for it. You will form your own deductions based on the clues that you find. Evidence will be ambiguous, leading to various possible outcomes of each case. The correct solution is not always obvious. And if you accuse the wrong person of comitting a crime, the game follows through. No "You failed", no "Reload and try again". This notion of non-linearity is somewhat of a novelty for adventure games which I thoroughly enjoyed.

My only criticism would be the lack of an overarching, meaningful story to tie it all together. The game tries to get a bit of closure during the last case, but feels way too rushed and too contrived, resulting in a rather bland anticlimax.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
An evolution of adventure game. Frogwares developed their game to a higher level with evolved game system. After L.A Noire, I dare say this is a new history of adventure genre.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
this game makes me feel like a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ version of sherlock games, but at least im trying
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I love this game! Really great and smart level designs, great detail and humour.
I got sucked in by this game from the very start. The story is just so appealing.
I can recommend this game to anyone who loves story-, detective- or point and click games!
5 out of 5!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Product received for free
This is just an amazing game, maybe the first one that I've played since I created my Steam account.

Six cases that will make you think hard to solve, and very good graphics and gameplay.

If you're a fan of this kind of game, solving puzzles and riddles, go for it, you absolutely won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
I'm not a Sherlock Holmes fan in the sense that I've never read the books, but the characters always felt interesting to me. That aside, this is a detective game done right. Every case does NOT give you the answer after giving you all the clues, you have to read through the clues you've gathered and the conversation logs to make the deduction YOURSELF. That to me, was awesome. No other game did something as brilliant as that.
The only thing I can complain about this game is being 6 cases only, I'd play 50 of this brilliantly crafted game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
If you'r a fan of any of the original works such as 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', then this game is for you. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments plays out much like one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories, and is a genuine pleasure to play. The positive notes of the gam are that ambience of the game is on point, and the cases kep you interested through to the conclusion. The negatives are that, firstly, the game controls feel a bit clumsy at times, most notably when investigating some clues, and secondly, that the puzzles themselves are not particularily challenging. A third drawback can also be argued in that it has next to no replay value, but this is more an inherent flaw in the genre of mystery games as a whole than a reflection on this game in particular.

In short, if you have $35 and a weekend to yourself, and are a fan of Sherlock Holmes or even just a good mystery, pick up this game. you won't regret it.

Immersion: 4/5
Ambience: 5/5
Controls: 4/5
Replay Value: 2/5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
I like Sherlock Holmes and am a fan of the books and tv shows but most the games I have played have not been good at all.
This has to be the first good sherlock homes game I have ever play and it's so good I hope they make another:) charachers are intresting and well acted, puzzels are fun and fit in the stories well. all in all a good game.

might be a bit easy for some people but I like the fact you did not get stuck and lose the flow of the story as this can make it easy to forget key bits of info.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
I am a huuge fan of the Herlock Holmes Stories, so i had to get this game.
Turns out, it was a good idea.
in this game you will not only seaarch for clues and hunt criminals but also choose how to punish them. You can stick loyal to the law or follow your inner spirit.
Sometimes it is really tought to make a decision.
I was very sad when i finished the game and closed the last case, i hope there will be more games of this style coming.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.”
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
lovely stories, controls, design, graphics AND I GOT ALL THE ACHIEVEMENTS
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
"The garden seems to be well maintained."


"The garden seems to be well maintained."


"The garden seems to be well maintained."


"The garden seems to be well maintained."

10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
This episodic adventure game shines through its love for detail and fleshed out characters. 6 cases offer different very atmospheric environments and lots of well written dialogue. Cases are solved by collecting clues, questioning witnesses and suspects, and solving occasional puzzles (nothing too difficult) that are then combined in a "clue screen" that allows for different choices in conclusions, that finally add up to a (not necessarily correct) solving of the case.
Beautiful graphics, great voice acting, highly detailed environments result in great immersion.
Very recommended for fans of adventure games and gamers who like their stories, but not necessarily the gameplay, to be challenging.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Relax and dive into quite England atmosphere acompanied with some mysteries and murders. This game will provide you with six cases. That means six well spent evenings.

Best detective quest in last years, will look through telescope again.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Jeremy Brett is the best Sherlock Holmes OK ?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Amazing game!!!! I wish it was available on Mac OS though. I played all the different versions on my PC, and loved it. But my PC eventually broke down (for reasons unrelated to the game) and so I bought a Macbook pro, but now I want to replay it once more but cant. Still an amazing game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
An excellent adventure game. Each case is interesting, and the deduction system is really fun to use and play around with. The gameplay of searching around for clues does fall short in that you just need to walk up and interact with every interactable entity that you come across to gather all the evidence you need (which you'll know when every clickable thing has a green icon over it), but I enjoy the fun of the process. I look forward to the upcoming sequel a lot; six cases is a fair amount, but there's limited replayability so once you're done you probably won't get the same enjoyment from playing the same cases again unless you wait a year or so to play again.
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