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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.


Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective TurboGrafx CD The name is Holmes. Sherlock Holmes. ... err... wait, no, that's not my line
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective TurboGrafx CD So many people, so many places...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective DOS More talking with Dr. Murray.
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective DOS Another lead...

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

The Game Is Afoot SEGA CD ETJB (447)
Interesting, at the very least. DOS Tomer Gabel (4354)
A early example of what made CD games popular DOS Grant McLellan (542)

Critic Reviews

Dragon TurboGrafx CD Nov, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) TurboGrafx CD Jun, 1991 30 out of 40 75
PC Games (Germany) DOS May, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Just Adventure DOS Feb 18, 2003 B- 67
Power Play DOS Dec, 1992 3 out of 5 60
Video Games TurboGrafx CD Jan, 1993 57 out of 100 57
All Game Guide SEGA CD 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Video Games SEGA CD Sep, 1993 46 out of 100 46
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Apr 10, 2006 2 out of 5 40
Defunct Games SEGA CD Jun 19, 2005 35 out of 100 35


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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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