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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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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marcel
4.5 hrs
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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Microwave rage
1.0 hrs
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
I wish they would do more chapters, this is the kind of game that could have DLC's, or extensions has more cases. One of my favs of Sherlock's series.
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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 14 people (57%) 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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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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213 of 269 people (79%) found this review helpful
204 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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77 of 84 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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63 of 71 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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60 of 67 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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