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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

10 months ago

Frogwares save Sherlock Holmes on PC, but 9 of their games vanish from stores

A foul fate has befallen detective game developers Frogwares. After accusing publisher Focus Home Interactive of foul play, nine of ten games threatened with delisting have been removed from sale. Fortunately, it's not a total loss. The sole PC entry in the targeted lineup, Sherlock Holmes: Crime And Punishments has been saved on Steam and secured its survival with a new release on GOG. If…

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11 months ago

Frogwares allege publisher is removing Sherlock Holmes games from sale

Frogwares, developers of umpteen Sherlock Holmes games and the recent The Sinking City, are embroiled in a public dispute with publisher Focus Home Interactive. In a statement released via their own site, Frogwares allege that Focus are removing their older games from sale on various digital platforms, and refusing to transfer title IDs to them "evne though our Publishing and Distribution Agreement has expired." Frogwares…

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2 years ago

Feature: Watson, the game is a bit silly

Have You Played… Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments?

There is a moment in Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments where the detective has to identify a brand of cigar. “This scent is familiar to me, but in order to recognise it, I must combine my associations into one picture,” he says. You find yourself swivelling a stink cloud, aligning its wafting lines into a hidden image. Problem is, Holmes’ nose deals in broad stereotypes…

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3 years ago

Feature: Gorgeous gaffs and where to find them

The 11 bestest best apartments in gaming

Rather than marvel at digital houses we couldn't even dream of owning an armoire to put in IRL, let alone the whole building, we've turned our attention to the world of videogame apartments. These chunks of partitioned living are often just modular, nondescript spaces designed to house clues or bolster the sense of people living in a city, but occasionally there are apartments which offer…

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5 years ago

Hell-Ementary: Sherlock Holmes – The Devil’s Daughter

Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes, does whatever a Sherlock can. Everyone's favourite logic-slinger, the mysterious costumed figure known as Sherley to his fans, will return in a new adventure next year. It's called The Devil's Daughter [official site] and will pit our friendly neighbourhood mystery-man against the usual cowardly superstitious criminals who challenge his deductive wit, but there'll also be "family stories, irresistible emotions and an…

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6 years ago

Feature: The Grating Detective

Sherlock Holmes – Crimes & Punishments review

In publishing these short sketches based upon the numerous Sherlock Holmes games from Frogwares, it is only natural that I should dwell rather upon their failures than their successes. And this is not so much for the sake of their disreputation – for, indeed, it was when I was at my wits’ end that my energy and vitality were most miserable – but because where…

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Suspicious Mind: Sherlock Holmes – Crimes & Punishments

A new trailer for Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments demonstrates the manner in which a conversation with the great detective plays out. It's impossible to lie to him, essentially - tell him that you're feeling good about yourself for the first time in six months, and he'll spot some lint nestling in the fabric of your cuff and use it as an excuse to deconstruct…

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Deduction & Dress-Up: 23 Minutes Of Sherlock Gameplay

The Duke of Deduction and the Duchess of Disguise, they called Sherlock Holmes. Probably. Why not? Sure, whatever. A new Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments trailer demonstrates these skills, and though I might chortle at giving Holmes wild hair and a big old beard from his dress-up box of disguises, the deduction interests me. See, you'll need to search, research, and scrutinise to collect clues,…

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Modern Murder-Solving: Sherlock Holmes’s E3 Trailer

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…

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7 years ago

Dostoevsky’s Deerstalker: Crimes & Punishment

I can't have been the only person in the world who found The Testament of Sherlock Holmes thoroughly entertaining, can I? They probably wouldn't keep making the damned things if that were the case, but I don't know anybody else who enjoys Frogwares' Holmes adventures. There have been some rough entries over the years, but between Lovecraftian insertions, uncanny Watson and some clever deductive techniques,…

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