Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring

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Sherlock Holmes and his loyal sidekick Dr. Watson have been invited to a reception in Sherringford Hall. The wealthy industrial Sir Bromsby wants to commemorate the return of his daughter to England. As the host climbs the stage and starts to deliver his welcome speech, he is shot. Suspicion is immediately drawn towards his daughter, but Holmes decides to thoroughly investigate the case.

Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring is a third-person point-and-click adventure set in 19th century England. Players control both Holmes and Watson, interrogating witnesses and suspects, and searching for material clues and evidence. Basic inventory equipment are a test tube, a tape measure and a magnifying glass, all of which can be used to examine the environment and other objects found. A few times in the game the player is taken to Holmes' lab desk, to analyze some substances or tissues.

Notes of all findings and conversations are automatically written down in a diary for future reference. At the end of each of the five days the game is divided in, a quiz has to be filled in correctly to progress.


Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring Windows A rather unusual lock for a hidden safe
Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring Windows Holmes (left) and Watson (right) before the murder
Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring Windows The map has limited uses
Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring Windows Sir Bromsby, the victim, before the fatal shot

Alternate Titles

  • "银耳环疑案" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Шерлок Холмс: Загадка серебряной сережки" -- Russian spelling
  • "Sherlock Holmes: The Silver Earring" -- Wii title
  • "Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring" -- Windows UK title
  • "Sherlock Holmes: Případ stříbrné naušnice" -- Czech title
  • "Sherlock Holmes: L’Orecchino d’Argento" -- Italian title
  • "Sherlock Holmes i tajemnica srebrnego kolczyka" -- Polish title
  • "Sherlock Holmes: El Pendiente de Plata" -- Spanish title
  • "Sherlock Holmes: Case of Sherringford Hall" -- Working title
  • "Les Aventures de Sherlock Holmes : la Boucle d'Argent" -- French title
  • "Das Geheimnis des silbernen Ohrrings" -- German title
  • "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring" -- UK title

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“Really, Holmes. You go too far!” Windows Jeanne (75500)
Another curious incident in the night-time Windows Terrence Bosky (5227)

Critic Reviews Windows Nov 03, 2004 17 out of 20 85
Imperium Gier Windows Jan 05, 2005 8.3 out of 10 83 Windows Nov 30, 2004 81 out of 100 81
Adventure Corner Windows Nov 25, 2004 79 out of 100 79
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 2004 77 out of 100 77
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec 10, 2004 77 out of 100 77
Just Adventure Windows Sep 17, 2004 B 75
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Dec 01, 2004 73 out of 100 73
Gamers Europe Windows Sep 20, 2004 6.5 out of 10 65
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 2004 64 out of 100 64


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Waston and the Books 1 sheena alexander
Jan 02, 2010



The end credits note that the game was based on a novel by Jalil Amr. This doesn't refer to a published novel, but to something along the lines of fanfiction. Emailing Frogwares for more information about it, would result in a reply from the company's CEO Waël Amr stating: "The author wishes the novel not to be public and anyway it’s in French!"


Much of the game takes place at Sherringford Hall. Sherringford Hope (or Holmes) and Ormond Sacker were Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original name choices for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John (or James) Watson.

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