Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels (DOS)

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The famous detective Sherlock Holmes reads in a newspaper that the Tower of London has been closed for "reasons of security". Shortly afterwards he finds out that the Crown Jewels belonging to the royal family were stolen. The fact is kept in secret, and Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes best friend and associate, must retrieve them within forty-eight hours to avert a world-wide scandal.

In this text adventure the player controls Dr. Watson, exploring familiar locations in London, questioning suspects and solving puzzles. The interaction with the game world is performed by typing combinations of verbs and objects. Descriptions of locations must be read carefully, as they may contain clues vital to solving the game.


Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels DOS Built-in InvisiClues
Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels DOS Holmes rises up when the newspaper is shown to him. The text and background colors can be changed with a command option.
Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels DOS Starting location

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An interesting, lavish experiment that's a little too linear Colin Rowsell (45) unrated

Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) May, 1988 899 out of 1000 90
The Games Machine (UK) May, 1988 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) May, 1988 8.75 out of 12 73
Power Play Feb, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Happy Computer Apr, 1988 70 out of 100 70
SPAG Mar 02, 1995 7 out of 10 70
Adventure Classic Gaming Jan 01, 2006 3 out of 5 60


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After having completed Arthur and Sherlock Holmes, Designer Bob Bates worked on a third historical text adventure, based on the story of Robin Hood. However, the project was scrapped when Infocom closed its doors.

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Tony Van (2681) added Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels (DOS) on Nov 26, 1999
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