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Altogether, this is a mystery that conveys just about the right atmosphere for the place, time, and subject, with a good helping of general historical interest thrown in as well. I take my hat off to it. Now that is something I could recommend you to do before you get very far into the game, too!
Sherlock has all the puzzles and text that go to make a moderately difficult Infocom adventure of the expected standard. The trouble is, it is all made frustratingly easy by the presence of those Invisiclues!
What's missing from the program however, is a really inventive interaction with computer-controlled characters.
Sherlock is enjoyable, its initial ease encourages you to play on, and as puzzles are solved and time ticks by, a certain necessity to crack the case is instilled. The on-screen hints are tempting to use when a seemingly insurmountable problem is encountered, but true adventurers should find them easy enough to resist. I shall return to olde London towne in the guise of Watson during my own time, this, to me as a reviewer, is the sign of a good adventure.