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The Testament of Sherlock Holmes
Adventure Classic Gaming
10 November 2012
Excerpt: Arthur Conan Doyle's seminal characters of genius detective Sherlock Holmes and his colleague and physician John Watson have experienced a recent resurgence of popularity in popular culture, including films and television series based on or inspired by these characters. For French game developer Frogwares, this timing is fortuitous. Originally scheduled for release in 2010, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes has suffered from a number of unforeseen development delays.
Conclusion: So yeah, madness lies at the end, but the journey to said madness has, in series terms, been generally satisfying and compelling. Fans of the Frogwares titles will be satiated, even with the lack of Creepy Watson shadowing your every move. Inconsistencies and plot, er, ‘quirks’ aside, this is a pretty solid adventure with some neat ideas and a dog jumping onto a series of wooden pillars.
Excerpt: The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is almost like a game from a different time, with a few modern accommodations thrown in for those who may not be accustomed to games like this. It drops the ball in a few places where it probably shouldn’t, but this is an engaging, well-written adventure with plenty of great moments for Sherlock Holmes fans and adventure game fans alike.
Conclusion: The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is exactly that: a testament to the care and attention Frogwares have paid to the Sherlock Holmes name for nearly ten years. It’s the culmination of the developer's own growth as well as feedback from critics and fans alike, and is sure to impress both in bucketloads.
Review: The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is a frustrating acquired taste
3 October 2012
Excerpt: The Sherlock Holmes series of hardcore puzzle adventure games has been hit-or-miss over the years, serving up decadent homespun tales involving the vigilant hero with ease but dumbing down the experience with awkward animations, obtuse puzzles, and bizarre design disasters. I took the plunge for the very first time with the atrocious Sherlock Holmes vs.
Conclusion: The Testament of Sherlock Holmes kept drawing me back in. The story is a good length to keep you intrigued and it is delivered excellently. There may be better adventure games around, but if you want the full package of adventure, mystery, and Sherlock Holmes himself, this is the best way to achieve all of that.
Pros: Well-designed puzzles. The story is well written and delivered superbly.
Cons: Small frustrating flaws sometimes break up the flow. Animations are not of the highest quality.
Excerpt: To date, Frogwares has developed about 15 games; but perhaps none as big as their most recent project The Testament of Sherlock Holmes . A new classic adventure game, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes focuses heavily on the darker side of Holmes' story which, by the way, will end in his demise. As you can guess, this game will be gruesomely dark, which is exactly what I was shown at E3 last week.