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Adventure Gamers Reader reviews, read what other adventure gamers think of Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments.

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Rating by Mostly hygienic French girl posted on Sep 3, 2020 | edit | delete

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Rating by itseme posted on May 2, 2018 | edit | delete


got the PS4 version on sale some weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. graphics, voice acting and sound all together deliver some great atmosphere.
you have to solve six different cases, mostly solid whodunits, some shorter some longer. the ending was a bit abrupt and not 100 percent satisfying, but the overall experience was fun enough to forgive that.
the gameplay offers quite some variety; lock-picking, interrogating, quicktime events (just a few), etc. the puzzles are not hard, but hey, at least there are real puzzles. many modern adventures with console versions in mind don’t offer any puzzles at all anymore.
nothing wrong with the controls either, very fluid, especially when you switch to first person perspective.

ps: no idea, how long it took me exactly, but i guess about 10-12 hours.

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Time Played: 10-20 hours
Difficulty: Just Right

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Rating by troninho posted on Jan 7, 2017 | edit | delete

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Rating by pylke posted on Jul 7, 2016 | edit | delete

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Rating by Raziel2646 posted on Oct 18, 2015 | edit | delete

Frogwares does it again... but less disappointingly this time

Ok (1/3)
Great (3/3)
Good (2/3)
Replay Value:
Low (0/1)
Fare (6/10)

As a huge fan of the original stories, I always end up being disappointed in one way or another every time Frogwares makes a new Sherlock Holmes game. It is almost always the same experience: The games start great! You immediately find yourself at an enigmatic crime scene and get excited with all the newly added features and enhanced graphics and fall in love with the game within the first few minutes. However, Frogwares always successfully manages to let you down with a combination of inconsistencies in the plot, idiotic puzzles and graphical glitches. Fortunately Crimes and Punishments has a reasonably low number of these issues which makes it the least disappointing game in the series so far.

Crimes and Punishments has a different structure compared to the previous Sherlock Holmes games. It consists of 6 different cases with different possible endings. Two of the cases are from the original series and are very nicely implemented. For each case you need to collect some evidence and make conclusions based on your discoveries. The main problem with the story is that in most of these cases there is not much that you can do wrong, in other words, as long as you click on every object that you stumble upon and don’t miss any evidence, it is always pretty obvious who the criminal is. This makes the alternate endings of each case superfluous and lowers the replay value of the game.

Both story and gameplay do not allow you to be very creative. There are two new vision modes added to the game. One allows Sherlock to notice subtleties that other people might miss and the other allows him to use his imagination and go back in time at the crime scene. These are supposed to be game-changing innovations that take the game to the “next-level”, but they fail to elevate from a mere visual effect that you need to turn on every time the game asks you to do so. The problem is that the game will automatically tell you when you need to use your powers. If the vision icons are not on the left corner of the screen, you will know that you are not going to discover anything new by using your vision modes anyway. So every time you use these abilities it feels like you are following orders instead of being smart. This might have been acceptable if you could turn these “hints” off, or if this was an action FPS game, but in the adventure world you need to allow the players to be adventurous.

There are a few technical issues in the game, such as long and unnecessary loading screens, Watson getting in your way in small rooms or corridors and etc. which could have been easily avoided but I think the amazing graphics and sound acting make up for these annoying bugs and make the overall gameplay experience enjoyable. If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan I absolutely recommend this game, but I would wait for it to go on sale first.

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Time Played: 10-20 hours

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Rating by aeonfluxx75 posted on Aug 2, 2015 | edit | delete

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Rating by sanderman posted on Mar 31, 2015 | edit | delete

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Rating by wiadp1 posted on Mar 28, 2015 | edit | delete

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Rating by SamuelGordon posted on Nov 12, 2014 | edit | delete

True Detective


- You feel like a true detective: Sometimes it’s necessary to visit the crime scenes again, check old documents & interviews,etc to make the RIGHT conclusion. There is some hand holding but some connections you have to make yourself.

- Once again you feel like a true detective : suspects keep on lying to the point of thinking “was i that wrong?”. I just loved it:)!

- Interesting cases (the amount of detail that went into =  like the gardens), environments, characters,etc…

- Great graphics,gameplay & music,voice acting.

- Chilling end credits, really haunting.


- Could’ve been much harder if they included an option to turn off the “hand holding” (giving directions etc). I would’ve preferred it.

- Long loading times

- The last case was a bit of a letdown (too short)

- No replay value whatsoever, you can make all the conclusions by replaying the endings (i did that).

All in all, a great adventure game. If you like playing as a detective, this game is for you. 4,5 Stars are much deserved.

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Time Played: 10-20 hours
Difficulty: Just Right

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