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The Game Is Afoot SEGA CD ETJB (450)
Interesting, at the very least. DOS Tomer Gabel (4642)
A early example of what made CD games popular DOS Grant McLellan (623)

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Combined User Score 27 3.9


Critic Reviews

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100
TurboGrafx CDDragon (Nov, 1991)
This is yet another fine adventure/mystery game from ICOM simulations. Granted, there are only three cases on this CD, but the video itself is worth the price. Games in progress can be saved, so you can ponder what action to take next while eating dinner. The video and programming time involved in creating this game make Sherlock Holmes a definite buy for any mystery or adventure game aficionado.
78
SEGA CDSega Force (Nov 04, 1993)
Det här spelet är inte likt något tidigare SEGA-spel. Det är faktiskt det första Cedespel som verkligen tar till vara mediets möjligheter.
77
TurboGrafx CDPlay Time (Jul, 1993)
Viel Stoff für Holmes-Anwärter und jene, die sich schon immer mit dem imaginären Meisterdetektiv messen wollten. Vielleicht ist beim nächsten Mal die Grafik noch etwas besser, denn viele Sequenzen sind leider etwas dunkel ausgefallen und wegen der recht schnellen (und original englischen) Sprache läuft der Text manchmal asynchron zu den Mundbewegungen, aber so richtig stören kann das trotz allem nicht.
75
TurboGrafx CDElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (Jun, 1991)
Excellent!! The cinema screens in Sherlock are incredible! It's like watching a movie mystery unfold in front of your very eyes! The worst part about Sherlock Holmes is that only three mysteries don't last too terribly long. After you beat them, all you can do is try to beat Holmes.
70
TurboGrafx CDTurboPlay (Apr, 1991)
Once you have solved the case, you are told your score. True patient mystery lovers might want to go back and try solving the case using less points, but I doubt that this aspect of the game will appeal to everyone. Patience is the key to Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective. Patience and an active imagination. If you've got both and time to sit down and solve mysteries, give this one a try.
70
DOSPC Games (Germany) (May, 1993)
Bemerkenswert daran ist, daß die Abenteuer nicht zu den üblichen Inventory-Orgien (nimm alle Gegenstände, und das Spiel ist gelöst!) ausarten, sondern wirklich nur mit Köpfchen gelöst werden können. Die zahlreichen Bild- und Toneinlagen sind hier nicht nur illustrierender Ballast, sondern bergen für den aufmerksamen Zuhörer die entscheidenden Lösungshilfen. Zwei Spiele, die mit Blick auf die Technik anderen als Beispiel dienen könnten, bei denen aber Story und Spieltiefe trotz der guten Atmosphäre etwas zu kurz kamen.
67
DOSJust Adventure (Feb 18, 2003)
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective is a game for the patient player who likes to chew on clues and slowly build a strong case. It would also make for a great family project over the course of a few evenings. Simply pop the game into the DVD player, sit back in front of your large screen television and take turns controlling the remote as you match wits with the legendary Sherlock Holmes. Donning a cap and pipe are optional, but keep in mind that the 21st century politically-correct Sherlock would have bubbles and not tobacco in that pipe.
60
DOSPower Play (Dec, 1992)
Sherlock Holmes nutzt mehr als die Hälfte des freien Speicherplatzes einer Compact Disc. Der größte Teil ist dabei für filmechte Sprache und Animationen vorbehalten. Der Spielwitz fiel dagegen recht knapp aus und läßt auch motivierte Detektive schnell das Weite suchen.
57
TurboGrafx CDVideo Games (Jan, 1993)
Auch Sherlock Holmes‘ erster Super-CD-Ausflug entpuppt sich als Durchschnittsware: Obwohl die Schauspieler in Farbe digitalisert wurden, mundet das Detektivspiel nicht. Außerdem müßt Ihr der englischen Sprache mächtig sein: Wer nicht alles zumindest annähernd versteht (Englisch-Leistungskurs empfohlen), kann es nicht lösen.
50
SEGA CDAll Game Guide (1998)
Unfortunately, even if you like solving cases, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective will probably bore you. You cannot search places or ask people questions. The only thing you can do is choose where to go and watch videos.
46
SEGA CDVideo Games (Sep, 1993)
Eigentlich könnte dieses Detektivspiel ein ziemlicher Knaller sein, wären da nicht das zeitraubende Icon-Menüsystem, ewige Ladezeiten und unsäglich mühsam lesbare Zeitungen (Ihr müßt jedes Textchen einzeln abrufen). Wer nicht sehr gut Englisch spricht, hat kaum eine Chance. Oft werden entscheidende Hinweise in einem Nebensatz dahingebrabbelt, außer-dem legen Verdächtige natürlich falsche Spuren. Sogar für einen Muttersprachler ist das Spiel nicht ohne weiteres zu knacken. Fast alles spielt sich im Kopf ab, auf dem Bildschirm tut sich über lange Phasen nichts. Sehr schwierig, sehr britisch, langatmig wie eine Partie Kricket. Nur älteren Semestern zu empfehlen!
40
DOSAdventure Classic Gaming (Apr 10, 2006)
Sherlock Holmes. No other fictional detective is more infamous, beloved, and parodied. Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the character has earned a place in popular culture that is rarely bestowed. It is therefore of little surprise that there have been many computer and console games loosely based on the legendary detective figure. Among these is Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective - Volume I, a game initially developed by ICOM Simulations to take advantage of the multimedia CD-ROM in the early years of this technology. Many other games based on past fictional works rarely live up to deliver an immersing experience, but such is not the case here. Not only does the game remain true to the spirit of the original work, for the most part this game is unique in its approach in delivering the Holmesian experience to the player.
35
SEGA CDDefunct Games (Jun 19, 2005)
In the end it seems like Sherlock Holmes is a step backwards for videogames, and ultimately not a game that will attract even a niche following. These are short adventures with no reason for you to ever visit them again. It seems like only fans of the books are going to like this, and most of them have already lived these cases making this game useless for just about everybody.
30
SEGA CDSega-16.com (Dec 10, 2007)
The bottom line here is commitment. You have to really want to solve these crimes, write down the clues, take note of the witnesses, and set aside the time to play the game. Consulting Detective is an in depth take on a classic literature character which is a rarity in gaming to say the least. It is because of this that the game is for the mystery fan, and not for the gamer. If you are looking for some light, fast paced, detective action try Where In The World is Carmen Sandiego? instead, as this one's high difficulty will most likely turn you away very quickly.
16
SEGA CDThe Video Game Critic (Feb 21, 2013)
Sherlock Holmes is the kind of game that requires patience and concentration, if only to keep track of all the names being bantered about. I think Sega greatly overestimated their target audience when they included this as the Sega CD pack-in game. My friend Chris was really gung-ho about this at first, but after about 15 minutes he was like, "I'm sorry, I can't do this anymore!" (as I laughed hysterically). Cerebral players looking for a challenge can bump up the grade by a letter, and the rest of you may find the D- grade a little generous.
 
The question is, then, whether Mr. T. Reviewer gives the software a recommendation or not. In the case of Sherlock Holmes, CD, he does with qualifications. This is a ground-breaking product with whiz-bang technology that demonstrates the full potential of multimedia. Players can expect a brief, lively, and charming burst of entertainment out of the game, and perhaps 6 to 12 months of gee-whiz value to impress friends and neighbors. Add to this the fact that Sherlock is one of the few CD-ROM entertainment products out there that justifies one's expensive hardware upgrade. It is truly a novel product and something for every CD owner to see. The question remains, however, whether garners will continue, once the novelty of the technology wears off, to shell out $70 to $80 for games with limited play life.