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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 CDTV The Tin Soldier - Intro
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective TurboGrafx CD So many people, so many places...
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective SEGA CD Perusing the newspaper archive
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective DOS Main game screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "シャーロック・ホームズの探偵講座" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Sherlock Holmes no Tantei Kōza" -- Japanese title
  • "Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. I" -- SEGA CD in-game title

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User Reviews

The Game Is Afoot SEGA CD ETJB (450)
Interesting, at the very least. DOS Tomer Gabel (4643)
A early example of what made CD games popular DOS Grant McLellan (622)

Critic Reviews

Dragon TurboGrafx CD Nov, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Sega Force SEGA CD Nov 04, 1993 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) DOS May, 1993 70 out of 100 70
TurboPlay TurboGrafx CD Apr, 1991 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Just Adventure DOS Feb 18, 2003 B- 67
Power Play DOS Dec, 1992 3 out of 5 60
Video Games SEGA CD Sep, 1993 46 out of 100 46 SEGA CD Dec 10, 2007 3 out of 10 30
The Video Game Critic SEGA CD Feb 21, 2013 D- 16
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jun, 1992 Unscored Unscored


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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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