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Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (SEGA CD)

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Description

In this game, the player is cast into the roles of Sherlock Holmes, the greatest fictional detective of all times, and his friend and partner Dr. Watson, as they have to investigate and successfully solve three criminal cases:
  • The Mummy's Curse deals with the horrifying death of three men, which were apparently murdered by an ancient mummy;

  • The Mystified Murderess involves a woman who has been convicted for murdering her beloved one, but cannot seem to recall anything of what had happened to her;

  • The Tin Soldier concerns the murder of an old general, whose past must be investigated in order to find the killer.
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective can be described as a hybrid of adventure game and simulation. Gameplay process involves traveling to various locations in London, interrogating suspects, gathering clues, checking out the newspapers, and eventually presenting all the evidence to the judge; if the latter finds the circumstances incriminating, he will accept the results of the investigation, and the case will be considered solved. Though the basic gameplay is rather typical for adventure games, the amount of real detective work and the focus of the game on purely case-related actions rather than exploration and manipulation of items makes it comparable to a simulation of a criminal investigation.

The game is notable for being one of the earliest "multimedia" titles, having been released on a CD ROM and featuring rather long (though windowed) video sequences with live actors as introductions and cutscenes, which frequently occur when the heroes investigate suspects.

Screenshots

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective SEGA CD Artwork pertaining to one of the game's cases
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective SEGA CD Intro exposition for the case of The Mummy's Curse
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective SEGA CD The main map and game screen
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective SEGA CD One of the newspapers from a high level view

Alternate Titles

  • "Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. I" -- SEGA CD in-game title

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User Reviews

The Game Is Afoot ETJB (447) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

The Press Says

Sega Force Nov 04, 1993 78 out of 100 78
All Game Guide 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Defunct Games Jun 19, 2005 35 out of 100 35
Sega-16.com Dec 10, 2007 3 out of 10 30
The Video Game Critic Feb 21, 2013 D- 16

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Trivia

Consulting Detective (and its sequels) are actually based on a pen and paper type game published by Sleuth, Inc. in which you read the clues and solve the case, pitting your wits against those of the great Sherlock Holmes.

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Reptil3 (82) added Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (SEGA CD) on Sep 18, 2003
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