Parents' Guide to

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

By Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Mystery adaptation tests deductive skills but is too brief.

Game Windows 2015
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Based on the original 1991 title of the same name, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective is an amusing test for player's deductive skills. Players have to weed through red-herring clues and incorrect leads to discover the truth, all of which takes time (and further reduces your final score). Of course, since you're testing your skill against that of Holmes, you want to uncover the mystery as quickly as possible, which means knowing when to send your irregulars to check for information, when to visit a suspect, and when to check the mock newspaper for clues.

Most investigation sections have video segments attached to them, helping develop each mystery's plot. The remastered clips have the feel of a second-rate BBC or PBS adaptation; the acting isn't nearly as good as in those productions, but it does make the gameplay feel a bit more immersive. If anything, Consulting Detective's largest and most harmful flaws lie in its brevity and lack of replayability. Skilled detectives can initially fly through the game within an hour or two, but clues and content don't change from one session to the next, so after one or two playthroughs, it's possible to fly through the course from start to finish in 15 minutes or less. But fans of mysteries may enjoy testing how well their reasoning stacks up next to Holmes'.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Zojoi
  • Release date: June 8, 2015
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Topics: Adventures , Book Characters
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Description
  • Last updated: March 8, 2019

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