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Metacritic: 68/100
Release: Sep 2004
Reviewed on: PC

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring

Site Score
7.0
Good: Challenging puzzles and quizzes
Bad: Aged very poorly – Plenty of slow points
User Score
5.3
(6 votes)
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Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring (or simply Sherlock Holmes: The Silver Earring in North America) is part of the Sherlock Holmes franchise and the second in this series of adventures (proceeded by The Mystery of the Mummy and followed The Awakened). In addition to the Windows version a Europe only Wii version was released in 2011.

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Despite all this The Silver Earring is actually the prequel to everything, set two years before the proceeding game. This puts players smack bang in the middle of 1897 with Holmes and Watson investigating the murder of Sir Melvyn Bromsby with a number of suspects including his daughter.

Exploration is primarily a point and click game with players directing both Holmes and Watsons around the game world to investigate points of interest or talk to characters. This is facilitated with the left mouse button with prompts on the screen that show intractable objects or key walking spots.

Alternatively players can right click which will bring up the inventory menu which contains your secret tools such as magnifying glass, test tube, measuring tape and a trusty notebook to read over any conversations (the main parts anyway).

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Through this exploration and inquisitive side of gameplay players will discover clues in a generally logical fashion (ie; one clue will lead to another which will only be available after a certain conversation or other action). These clues are the vital pieces of information that the police missed and can also analysed by Holme’s portable laboratory to extract extra information.

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring is a possibly the best in the Sherlock Holmes adventure collection and as the prequel is an ideal place to start despite being the second game developed.

Summary:

  • A Sherlock Holmes murder mystery.
  • Explore the crime scene, interview witnesses and collect evidence.
  • Use your tools to extract maximum information.
  • Experience the prequel to the series, set in 1897.
  • Voice acting brings the game to life.

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Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring, 5.3 out of 10 based on 6 ratings
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