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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 "Watson, I think this here is an important clue". - "Holmes! How did you know?!?!" - "It's elementary, Watson. Otherwise they wouldn't have put it into a bloody video game!!"..
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective TurboGrafx CD Damn this telegraph. I should've just e-mailed him
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective TurboGrafx CD No cell phones yet. We actually have to take a cab and go and see everyone
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective TurboGrafx CD So many people, so many places...

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Alternate Titles

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

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Dragon Nov, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Play Time Jul, 1993 77 out of 100 77
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jun, 1991 30 out of 40 75
TurboPlay Apr, 1991 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Video Games Jan, 1993 57 out of 100 57


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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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