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The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Serrated Scalpel (DOS)

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The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Serrated Scalpel is a verb-based point-and-click graphic adventure game.

London, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous private investigator, and his faithful companion Dr. Watson, are called to the scene of a gruesome crime: a young actress has been murdered in an alley behind her theatre. Not surprisingly, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Lestrade is clueless. Was it the work of the Ripper? Sherlock Holmes is not so sure -- the circumstantial evidence indicates a much more intricate crime. The shrewd detective begins the hunt.

The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes is a classical crime story with two protagonists. In the role of Sherlock Holmes, you travel through London in the search for clues. Interesting locations are gradually added to a city map. Your most important source of information are dialogues with suspects, witnesses and other people – and with Dr. Watson, who will readily comment on the situation. When talking to persons, you may chose one of several lines that seems most appropriate. Watson notes down all conversations in his journal, where you can access them if needed. True to the novels, Holmes will solve many puzzles through sharp observations and thorough searches of every location (thus discovering clues and deducing connections) as well as clever interrogations.

Readers of the Sherlock Holmes stories will recognize many acquaintances, from Lestrade to Miss Hudson, from Inspector Gregson to Toby the hound. The game's introduction, cutscenes and ending feature digitized speech.

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The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Serrated Scalpel DOS A visit to Scotland Yard and meeting with Inspector Lestrade.
The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Serrated Scalpel DOS Kids playing nearby.
The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Serrated Scalpel DOS Even London's aristocracy is suspect.
The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Serrated Scalpel DOS Watson's journal is a convenient source of information.

Alternate Titles

  • "福尔摩斯:开膛手杰克" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "תעלומת שרלוק הולמס" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Los archivos secretos de Sherlock Holmes: el caso del escalpelo mellado" -- Spanish Title

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User Reviews

Captures the spirit nicely. -Chris (7365) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
A Strong and Solid Adventure. null-geodesic (235) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Cheer for Sherlock Holmes x y (2) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Aventura y Cía Aug 14, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The DOS Spirit Mar 24, 2008 6 out of 6 100
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Svenska Hemdatornytt Nov 12, 1992 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Adventurearchiv Apr 17, 2007 82 out of 100 82
Adventure Classic Gaming Jul 23, 1998 4 out of 5 80
Adventure Gamers Mar 31, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joystick (French) Mar, 1994 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) Jun, 1994 76 out of 100 76

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Trivia

Sequel

The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes is the first part of a series of adventure games called “Electronic Arts Interactive Stories”. Holmes’ last line in this adventure is “There is a master criminal who thinks he is already more than a match for me.” Although this could simply be an allusion to Holmes’ arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty, it more likely a suggestion of the sequel. There is one other “Lost File” of the famous English detective, the sequel The Case of the Rose Tattoo, which is quite different in style, using video-captured characters and rendered backgrounds.

Voice acting

The Disk version and CD-Rom version of The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes are exactly the same. Voice-overs are included in the intro, the cut scene at St Pancras Station and the last scene. The 3DO-version is a full talkie, and instead of the painted portraits video-actors are shown.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #3 Best Adventure in 1992
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– #2 Best Adventure in 1992
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