Modern Murder-Solving: Sherlock Holmes’s E3 Trailer

Oh no! Someone's jammed this man good, Watson.

Since Frogwares started making Sherlock Holmes video games in 2002, Hollywood and the BBC have made Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective once again exciting, dangerous, mysterious, dark, cool, and, you know what, maybe just a little bit sexy. He’s gained a fanbase far beyond exclusive organisations which eat expensive dinners. Now you find yourself in the awkward position of watching something Sherlockian on Boxing Day when your aunt nudges you to say “Phwoar, I would shag him all right! Do you still say ‘shag?’” as if I have the slightest clue what the young people do.

Frogwares’ latest, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments, is catching up to this makeover. Observe his aquiline features, that slick hair, and the excitement and bouncy music of the E3 trailer.

It’s still an adventure game, of course. Sherlock and Watson will potter around crime scenes collecting clues and solving puzzles, questioning people, and all that. Why, he’s even got Sherlock-y deductive powers like off the telly this time. And he can’t just gallivant around topless distracting everyone like Robert Downey Junior’s glistening hot bod, mind–you’ll need to wear your thinking cap at the very least. Accusing the wrong people of crimes can have deadly consequences, as the E3 trailer teases. Have a gander:


  1. SirMonkeyWrench says:

    But does he look like an otter?

  2. Turkey says:

    Raskolnikov did it!

  3. Alfy says:

    The previous opus, the testament of Sherlock Holmes, was great fun, and looked quite good too. I’m actually looking forward to this!

  4. roryok says:

    I gots yous crimes and punishments right heres

  5. The Random One says:

    I’m not sure anyone ever said “shag”. I suspect it’s a mean prank being played on everyone born after 1978.

    • CookPassBabtridge says:

      Also I was born IN 1978. I think I say “bonking” because Boris Becker.

      • The Random One says:

        “Bonking”? That’s even more unlikely. You’re part of it! I’m on to your twisted mind games!

        • CookPassBabtridge says:

          You’ve never heard of “Bonking Boris”? You must have been fortunate enough to have avoided tabloid newspapers in the 80’s :)

          • The Random One says:

            I suppose I did, by spending half the decade not being born and the other not being British.

          • CookPassBabtridge says:

            IIRC, he was asked in an interview at Wimbledon why he hadn’t played very well that day, and he said he was distracted because he was “thinking about bonking”. Its either that or he had a bit of a reputation and the tabloids got a hold of it and dubbed him “bonking boris”, but as far as I am concerned he introduced the term “bonking” to mean shagging to the world.

          • The Random One says:

            That’s very interesting, and could pass for a little remembered Monty Python sketch very easily.