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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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Feature: Did you know octopuses have three hearts?

Lovecraftian preview Top Trumps: The Sinking City vs. Call of Cthulhu

Lovecraft seems to be the theme du jour at the moment. 2018 trends: pair tailored suits and details inspired by fetish wear with cosmic horror and old school '20s racism. I saw probably the two most prominent games inspired by Lovecraft at Gamescom, Frogwares' The Sinking City and Cyanide's Call of Cthulhu (though there were others, including a turn based, tactical affair called Stygian: Reign…

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Feel the gentle touch of tentacles in new The Sinking City footage

The portal to the Dreamlands has yawned open, a once in a millennium event (other than during videogame marketing cycles), and we are at last granted a clearer picture of what to expect from The Sinking City, an open world investigation/shootybangs game based on the Lovecraft mythos, and assembled by Sherlock Holmes studio Frogwares. So far, they've been a little coy about showing off how…

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Watch The Sinking City devs ponder how to demonstrate the Lovecraftian investigation

I'm glad to see more of The Sinking City, the Lovecraft-inspired investigative horror game being made by Sherlock Holmes studio Frogwares. Wandering and boating around a half-flooded city to poke into mysteries of terrible and unknowable beings sounds great to me. I've not heard much from it in a while but, with The Sinking City set to launch later this year, Frogwares are starting showing…

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Have You Played… Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I was recently most entertained by reviews of the utterly bloody awful Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter, a game actually slightly better than the previously abysmal Crimes & Punishments, as people who'd madly claimed to rate the earlier game suddenly realised what a…

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Feature: Uncomplimentary, my dear Watson

Impressions: Sherlock Holmes – The Devil’s Daughter

Frogwares' Sherlock Holmes games have always been very weird. From the early awful fan-fiction-like conflations of Doyle's work with his contemporaries, complete with evil staring Watson, to the more recent third-person festivals of terribleness, they've not managed to be good, but they've certainly managed to be strange. And yup, that's not changing here. The Devil's Daughter [official site] is like a fever dream, but a…

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Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter – A Peek At Gameplay

Hello, this is the time of day where I glare at the screen over the top of my coffee mug and try to work out which bits of a gameplay trailer are gameplay and which bits are cinematics or flourishes which you maybe see while playing the game. Unrelatedly, here is a gameplay-amongst-cutscenes trailer for Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter [official site]!

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The Sinking City: Frogwares’ Lovecraftian Investigation

Here's a pleasing combination of words: Lovecraftian open-world investigation. Roaming around a town where something unspeakable is afoot, trying to solve the mystery without ending up a gibbering wreck? That'll do for me. That's The Sinking City [official site], newly announced by Frogwares. The Ukranian studio, best known for their Sherlock Holmes investigate 'em ups, had been working on a Call of Cthulu game for…

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Watch Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter Trailer

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter [official site] has a reveal trailer and it's really going for the creepy gothic vibe what with a horrible doll and a creepy child. I'm far less au fait with Sherlock than I am with Poirot and have a tendency to conflate real Sherlock stories with stories from Dr Terrible's House of Horrible. Specifically the episode about opium and giant…

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The Call Of Cthulhu Sounding in 2017

Iä! Iä! I, ah, I told him "That's no Deep One, that's my wife!" Oh, you should've seen his face! For strange aeons afterwards, he couldn't look me in the myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over my front! Anyway, where were we - the Call of Cthulhu [official site] game? We'd not heard much from the game…

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Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter Cursing May

Sherlock Holmes has already survived an encounter with Cthulhu, I can't imagine that The Devil's Daughter [official site] will cause the great detective too much bother. That said, maybe she has something to prove. She'll certainly have to pull more pranks than her old da to be taken seriously, and even then folks will say she hasn't earned her cape. (Yes, I did read this…

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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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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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Even Prices May Die: Magrunner Free In GOG Sale

"Well worth the price of admission," our Jim said of first-person puzzler Magrunner: Dark Pulse. He had a few reservations, sure, a little dissatisfaction, yes, but overall enjoyed the charms of "Portal with magnets and Cthulhu." If it was worth parting with your hard-earned money for, why, one would need to have their mind warped by exposure to impossible horrors to not get it for…

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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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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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Magrunner: Dark Pulse review

There are some games I can see coming from over the horizon. The glow of burgeoning hype - and sometimes the glow of special novelty, or sheer awesome - is so bright that you just can't miss them. Other games, hmm, they pretty much have to be on the same street before I spot them. Whether they will then turn my head as they pass,…

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Feature: "Everything goes better with Cthulhu!"

Interview: 3AM Explain Magrunner – Dark Pulse

As the first-person puzzler genre consolidates its form following the genre-cracking aftershocks of Portal, there are now a number of pretenders insisting that they are far more than mere footnotes to the Valve masterpiece. One of these is 3AM's Magrunner: Dark Pulse, which throws its first-person tools into the terrifying maw of a Cthulhu mythos story set in a physics-warping magnetic future. With the game…

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Feature: Holmes, Sweet Holmes

The Testament Of Sherlock Holmes review

I love all things Sherlock, from Arthur Conan Doyle's literary adaptations of Jeremy Brett's fascinating life and times to Humpledink Bundlesnatch’s modern man interpretation of the great detective. Actually, I'm not keen on the Guy Ritchie version , so to be correct, let’s say I love most things Sherlock. Frogwares’ adventures have been a mixed bag, mostly coffee creams, but I’ve found some of the…

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