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Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring Windows At the scene of the crime
Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring Windows Holmes (left) and Watson (right) before the murder
Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring Windows This area doesn't look good... or smell good
Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring Windows Visiting Sherringford Hall.

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: 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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User Reviews

“Really, Holmes. You go too far!” Windows Jeanne (75624)
Another curious incident in the night-time Windows Terrence Bosky (5235)

The Press Says

GameBoomers Windows 2004 A- 91
Adventurearchiv Windows Sep 08, 2004 88 out of 100 88
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Nov 03, 2004 17 out of 20 85
Imperium Gier Windows Jan 05, 2005 8.3 out of 10 83
Game Over Online Windows Oct 11, 2004 81 out of 100 81
Mystery Manor Windows Sep 05, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Windows Oct 08, 2004 7.3 out of 10 73
Adventure Gamers Windows Aug 27, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Joystick (French) Windows Nov, 2004 4 out of 10 40
Aventura y Cía Windows May 17, 2005 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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Trivia

Novel

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!"

References

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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