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The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Serrated Scalpel is a verb-based point-and-click graphic adventure game.

London, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous private investigator, and his faithful companion Dr. Watson, are called to the scene of a gruesome crime: a young actress has been murdered in an alley behind her theatre. Not surprisingly, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Lestrade is clueless. Was it the work of the Ripper? Sherlock Holmes is not so sure -- the circumstantial evidence indicates a much more intricate crime. The shrewd detective begins the hunt.

The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes is a classical crime story with two protagonists. In the role of Sherlock Holmes, you travel through London in the search for clues. Interesting locations are gradually added to a city map. Your most important source of information are dialogues with suspects, witnesses and other people – and with Dr. Watson, who will readily comment on the situation. When talking to persons, you may chose one of several lines that seems most appropriate. Watson notes down all conversations in his journal, where you can access them if needed. True to the novels, Holmes will solve many puzzles through sharp observations and thorough searches of every location (thus discovering clues and deducing connections) as well as clever interrogations.

Readers of the Sherlock Holmes stories will recognize many acquaintances, from Lestrade to Miss Hudson, from Inspector Gregson to Toby the hound. The game's introduction, cutscenes and ending feature digitized speech.


The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes 3DO Holmes' place on Baker street.
The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes DOS Outside the police station.
The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes 3DO The killer emerges from the shadows.
The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes DOS Holmes studies corpses at the morgue.

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "福尔摩斯:开膛手杰克" -- Chinese title (Simplified)
  • "תעלומת שרלוק הולמס" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Serrated Scalpel" -- Alternative box title
  • "Los archivos secretos de Sherlock Holmes: el caso del escalpelo mellado" -- Spanish title

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User Reviews

A Strong and Solid Adventure. DOS null-geodesic (243)
Captures the spirit nicely. DOS -Chris (7598)
Cheer for Sherlock Holmes DOS x y (2)

Critic Reviews

Svenska Hemdatornytt DOS Nov 12, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Adventurearchiv DOS Apr 17, 2007 82 out of 100 82
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 81 out of 100 81
Joystick (French) DOS Mar, 1994 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (US) 3DO Mar, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Video Games 3DO Mar, 1995 73 out of 100 73
Oldies Rising 3DO Oct 18, 2008 13.8 out of 20 69
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) DOS Apr 29, 2003 4 out of 6 67
Video Games & Computer Entertainment 3DO Jan, 1995 6 out of 10 60
3DO Magazine (UK) 3DO Dec, 1994 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes is the first part of a series of adventure games called “Electronic Arts Interactive Stories”. Holmes’ last line in this adventure is “There is a master criminal who thinks he is already more than a match for me.” Although this could simply be an allusion to Holmes’ arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty, it more likely a suggestion of the sequel. There is one other “Lost File” of the famous English detective, the sequel The Case of the Rose Tattoo, which is quite different in style, using video-captured characters and rendered backgrounds.

Voice acting

The Disk version and CD-Rom version of The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes are exactly the same. Voice-overs are included in the intro, the cut scene at St Pancras Station and the last scene. The 3DO-version is a full talkie, and instead of the painted portraits video-actors are shown.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #3 Best Adventure in 1992
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– #2 Best Adventure in 1992
Information also contributed by -Chris

Related Web Sites

  • The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes (official website)
  • Game Nostalgia Page (A site where you can find almost any information about this game: the making of this game, tech specs, full credit with shots of the design team, reviews, game's features, all videos and musics, shots of every location of the game, goodies, saved games, and even a demo of the game.)
  • Hints for Serrated Scalpel (These hints won't spoil the game for you, like walkthroughs tend to do, but will help you solve it yourself.)
  • The Sherlock Holmes Museum (Official Homepage of the 221B Baker Street Museum.)
  • The Sherlock Holmes Society (Home of the London-based society of serious Sherlock Holmes fans.)
  • The Sherlockian (Lots of useful online resources about the famous detective.)
  • Windows XP Setup (Yes you can play Serrated Scalpel on your Windows XP machine .. with a little tweaking and advice from Inferno.)
Contributed to by -Chris (7598) and quizzley7 (21704)