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Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Slow-paced mystery revolves around puzzle solving.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House suffers from a lack of instructions for many of the puzzles used by the game. For example, one of the first puzzles encountered is the Horizontal Lady. It has a maximum possible score of 150, but the game does a very poor job of stating the objective of the puzzle. Clicking on the icon for a hint states the objective but then only allows the player to get a maximum of 100 out of the possible 150.

While the hand-drawn artwork is very good, the game seems to move at a snail's pace at times, with dialogue that attempts to add flavor to the game, but generally fails. The puzzles are the core of the game and they can be challenging. There are moments that will elicit a smile in the way a phrase is turned as the characters banter. The game may not sit well with younger players who are looking for a game that moves briskly along, while older players may find the puzzles entertaining but frustrating due to the lack of guidance in what is supposed to be achieved.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release date: January 5, 2011
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Alcohol Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violent References
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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