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DescriptionThe famous detective Sherlock Holmes reads in a newspaper that the Tower of London has been closed for "reasons of security". Shortly afterwards he finds out that the Crown Jewels belonging to the royal family were stolen. The fact is kept in secret, and Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes best friend and associate, must retrieve them within forty-eight hours to avert a world-wide scandal.
In this text adventure the player controls Dr. Watson, exploring familiar locations in London, questioning suspects and solving puzzles. The interaction with the game world is performed by typing combinations of verbs and objects. Descriptions of locations must be read carefully, as they may contain clues vital to solving the game.
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- Fictional character: Sherlock Holmes
- Inspiration: Literature
- Setting: Belle Époque
- Setting: City - London
|An interesting, lavish experiment that's a little too linear||DOS||Colin Rowsell (45)|
|Amiga User International||Amiga||Jul, 1988||10 out of 10||100|
|Commodore User||Commodore 64||May, 1988||9 out of 10||90|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Commodore 64||May, 1988||9 out of 10||90|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Commodore 64||May, 1988||899 out of 1000||90|
|The Games Machine (UK)||DOS||May, 1988||86 out of 100||86|
|Zzap!||Commodore 64||May, 1988||81 out of 100||81|
|All Game Guide||Macintosh||1998||80|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||DOS||May, 1988||8.75 out of 12||73|
|SPAG||DOS||Mar 02, 1995||7 out of 10||70|
|Adventure Classic Gaming||DOS||Jan 01, 2006||3 out of 5||60|
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Cancelled portsWhen the game was initially announced in Infocom's newsletter The Status Line (in Volume VII N. 1 Winter/Spring 1988), it was stated that it would be also released for the Atari ST and Apple GS platforms. These conversions were however not offered for sale in the following issues of the newsletter, thus suggesting they were cancelled. Despite this, many websites list (as of October 2015) an Atari ST release. This is perhaps due to a playable version that circulates, but is likely an unofficial conversion.
First built-in cluesSherlock was the first game released by Infocom with built-in InvisiClues.
Follow-up projectsIn an interview, Bob Bates said this about the last project he worked on for Infocom: "The third was always meant to be a Robin Hood game, but when the opportunity came up to do a game based on James Cameron's The Abyss, Infocom asked me to do that instead. That's the game I was working on at the time the company shut down."
SoundRelease 26 (Amiga and Macintosh) supports sound. It's possible to update earlier dat.files (Release 21), and when the appropriate sound files are also available, play them with audio with a suitable interpreter (such as Frotz).
WriterBob Bates was the only external Infocom writer.
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