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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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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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Lovecraftian detective ’em up The Sinking City out now

The Lovecraftian detective-o-horror RPG The Sinking City launched today, inviting us all to leave this glorious heatwave and venture into a half-drowned city where things lurk in the flooded streets and even on dry land people have a touch of that Innsmouth look. It's, like, okay, according to Alice Bee's The Sinking City review. Despite her hesitance to recommend it, I am still curious. Not…

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Feature: Eat yer heart out, Fran Healy

The Sinking City review

There are many types of rain. As we speak, the south of England is blessing us by alternating sunshine with heavy showers that are refusing to turn into a storm. Instead of clearing the air, the rain is only making it more humid. In 1920s Oakmont, the fictional town in new Lovecraftian detect ‘em up The Sinking City, the flavour of the day is constant…

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E3 2019 games – every game confirmed

They just keep coming don't they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn't know about, as well as stuff that's previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we're doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we'd put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to…

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Feature: Oakmont, so good they named it once

How The Sinking City is built to make you notice your journey

I sometimes announce, to rooms at large, that I wished Assassin’s Creed Odyssey wouldn’t tell me what to do as much, and let me just explore. Imagine my shock, therefore, at the reveal of The Sinking City, a Lovecraftian detective game releasing just the other side of E3, promising “zero hand holding”. No objective markers on the map, and no trails on the street to…

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The Sinking City now surfacing in June

After strange aeons kipping in the bath, Cthulhu surely won't mind lying in another few months before getting up for The Sinking City. Developers Frogwares today confirmed that they have delayed the launch of their Lovecraftian open-world detective RPG by two months, pushing it back from March 21st to June 27th. They say it's to escape the crush of games that have come out recently…

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The Sinking City wants players thinking like (weird) detectives

It's hard enough being a private eye when the world makes sense, but when there's fish-men on every corner, weird cults and magic involved, investigating crimes in The Sinking City looks tricky. It's a challenge I'm eager to try my hand at, though, after seeing the latest chunk of footage from Frogware's upcoming survival horror detective adventure. There's clues to find, but no prompts popping…

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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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