Reviews for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

85

Evidently a good game, my dear Watson.

vaderbe | Jan. 19, 2014 | See all vaderbe's reviews »

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, a game I'd never heard of before. The fact that is was 75% off and was recommended by some other users made me buy it. I never would have expected that it would be one of the best games I've played in the past few months.

The story is pretty obviuos and sometimes predictable, and the ending was, in my opinion, a bit ridiculous. the graphics are pretty okay, considering this is not a triple A title. The animations are sometimes a bit dodgy and funny looking, and the lack of lip sync is also pretty funny if you start to notice it. But these are not the points that make or break a game for me. No, for me it's all about gameplay, and boy did this game do that right.

The searching for clues is sometimes really straight forward, but many times you will be really surprised by where you'll have to look or what you'll have to do to find that one little clue or object you desperately need. And when you do find it, you WILL feel satisfied.

The only little downside to this is a little lack of freedom. For example when you already know what needs do be done next, the game forces you to find that one last clue before you can go any further in the story, even of you already know the solution.

The puzzles are awesome and sometimes you really have to think about them (hardest one took me half an hour of scribbling possible solutions on pieces of paper at my desk).

The dialogue is brilliant, and despite the above named lack of lip sync, the facial expressions are rather good. You can really tell how someone feels by looking at them. The witty remarks of Sherlock Holmes are really entertaining and overall the crime solving duo has been really well represented in the game.

Conclusion: I can't wait untill the next game from this company and give it a solid 85/100

95

Best Sherlock Holmes game yet

aps_6687 | Aug. 4, 2013 | See all aps_6687's reviews »

Delayed, and finally released 3 years after the last game in the franchise - Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper - Frogwares strikes again with a detective story that grips you from the beginning (forgetting a very strange cutscene which only reveals it's relevance near the end) and never lets go. Full of twists and a true mystery, this is arguably one of the best Sherlock Holmes stories ever told - centred around the great detective's psyche.

Set 10 years after the Jack the Ripper game, in 1898, Frogwares has once again presented a world faced with the hardships of the 19th century - issues such as famine are major parts of the plot, not to mention visiting areas such as Whitechapel it is clear to see how bad life was for these people.

Graphics in the game are impressive for a low budget game such as this. It is clear that the team put in a great amount of effort to make the game pretty despite the limitations of their in-house engine. Facial animations are greatly improved from the last game in the series, for example it is clear when Mr. Holmes is evidently lying to move on a conversation.

Voice acting is, as usual, a mixed bag but on the whole the major characters are voiced well and the soundtrack is amazing albeit a little repetitive.

In conclusion, if you like Sherlock Holmes, detective/crime stories or adventure games, and haven't bought this game - buy it!

Oh, and one last thing: Watson. God, he's annoying.

92

Very good game and fun game

youknowwho77 | June 21, 2013 | See all youknowwho77's reviews »

Like the previous Sherlock games, this one is also orientated around solving murders and different crimes around London. As always the story is very good, full of different and mindblowing plot twists. The gameplay is very enjoyable. You control Sherlock, but later in the game there are parts, that you control Watson, and one other character that you should find out yourself. There are a lot of clues and misteries for you to find, and puzzles to solve. I recommend this great game to everyone who is looking for something fun and challenging to play.

80

This game is good

Sharptap | Oct. 5, 2012 | See all Sharptap's reviews »

It's true it looks like L.A Noire and fans will see why. But this game game is still a good game. The graphics are good and the facial expressions are pretty good. For those who didnt read the books , do not worry , you can play this game without any sherlock holmes experience. The gameplay is like the other game , there is no big change on it , you look for things , solve puzzles and stuff like that. Just like Sherlock Holmes. The "dark side" of SH is a interesting thing , but i dont want to spoil it here.

89

Well worth its price and Sherlock Holmes franchise in general.

fable2 | Oct. 4, 2012 | See all fable2's reviews »

20 minutes into this game, I felt sudden urge to write an e-mail to developers, with thanks to making so good-looking and exciting game about my most favourite detective. While previous games felt budget-valued and struggling to fit into modern game market, Testament of Sherlock Holmes comes as a winner. Seriously, this tops every other Sherlock Holmes game made so far, for the first 3 hours, it feels like magic. Visuals look wonderful compared to last installment and have much more artistic direction in it. Although it's not built on last-gen engine, it's still visible that it's pushed to the limits.\r\nSound is wonderful also. If anyone has complaints about voice acting, mostly I didn't notice any, aside few strange characters, who have too little lines to be disturbing anyway. Music suits well and enriches atmosphere as it should.Now... difficulty is strange with this one. The puzzle mini-games are insanely difficult (but option to skip then once you messed up few times is nice), the point'n'click-style puzzles are about average, no problem for veteran adventurer... but a bit hard for beginners. And for general detective work, it varies from simple to strange -- Jack the Ripper case felt much more logical and straightforward, while here it's more of a guesswork.rnrnThe kids-finding-book cutscenes felt a bit cheesy, but they are brief and don't disrupt game story itself in any way.rnrnThe game is quite long, and story takes some strange and unexpected twists, but in the end, you feel like you've watched an awesome 10-15 hour movie.rnrn

80

Nothing like LA Noire, but don't let that stop you

Layton | Sept. 27, 2012 | See all Layton's reviews »

If your experience with this game was looking at the screenshots and nothing else, you might assume this to be another game like LA Noire or maybe even Heavy Rain. Sherlock Holmes differs from these mystery-solving games in that in The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, you solve mysteries. While the game features a hint system, it's up to you to find clues and determine what they mean, rather than just clicking on glowing clues and being told what happened.

If you've played any of the previous games in the series (such as The Awakened, SH vs. Jack the Ripper or Nemesis/Arsene Lupin, all three of which are worth playing) you generally know what to expect. There's no large open world, and the voice acting still isn't that great. The only real addition to the formula, aside from the hint system and updated graphics, is the ability to move around in a third person behind-the-character camera instead of just point-and-click and first person. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the previous games were all fantastic adventure games that stand out greatly in the tidal waves of shoddy pixel hunts and obtuse square-peg-in-the-circle-hole solutions that other modern adventure games just can't seem to avoid. For once an adventure game has a hint system that doesn't actually need it, as the puzzles are actually solvable through logic.

However, as with any good adventure game, the story is equally important, if not more important than the gameplay. And for a while, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes features a brilliant storyline showing off the "dark side" of Holmes, in which he begins to be blamed for the very crimes he has solved. In the last hour or so, however, the game slips. It has a noticeable drop in quality in both the storyline to the voice acting, and it seems like they were going for a much better ending before they decided to change it at the last minute. Characters are brought in that really didn't have any place in this story, and then barely used, and seem to have practically been hired in the last week of development to rush through voice work. The game offers very little of an epilogue, and the conclusion is just anticlimactic enough for you to notice it. Considering how great the story before the last hour is, it's a shame to see that they picked what might be the least interesting or powerful ending out of all the ways the story up to that point could have ended.

With that being said, the game is still great fun, and if you're an adventure game fan then you'll most likely love it anyways, as I did. The ending isn't necessarily BAD, it's just not very good compared to the fantastic buildup. As long as you keep that in mind, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is well worth the relatively low cost.

78

A copy of LA Noir ?

leoleelok | Sept. 25, 2012 | See all leoleelok's reviews »

If you really really like LA Noir then you would like this game as well. Given the fact that both of them are detective games, similar style.

Graphics: Are ok. You don't expect Crysis II-alike graphics to feature in this game. but I would say decent graphics here.

Fun: Yes, it's a fun and interesting to play with. The gaming experience is not too long though. maybe 10 for experienced player, like if you always play those i-phone detective game.

90

Superb game

jeyko | Sept. 23, 2012 | See all jeyko's reviews »

Firsly, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is one beautiful game. The facial animations and environments are nicely made. This is complimented by the whole adventure nature of the game with really good controls on M+Keyboard(it's a console port so I expected them to be pretty horrible). The story is really interesting, which I really liked in other Frogware games too. But here's the problem - one of the main elements of the game is just too damn easy - the puzzles. It's more of an interactive adventure (like Dear Esther) than a movie. But you can get around 10-15 hours of singleplayer fun, as most games tend to do nowadays. But it's quality fun and is definitely worth it. I wholeheartedly recommend The Testament of Sherlock Holmes to everybody looking for an adventure and most adventure games looking for something relaxing and not that engaging.

84

If you liked LA Noir...

NoLove3827 | Sept. 21, 2012 | See all NoLove3827's reviews »

Then you should like this as well. The gameplay looks very similar to LA Noir, as is the basic concept- Solve crimes. It seems like it is a twist of LA Noir and CSI.