Developer: Frogwears
PublisherFrogwears
Platforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 03/02/2022
Price£25.99 £22.09/$29.99 $25.49
Onsale until 10/02/2022
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.

Sherlock Holmes Crime and Punishment put the player in the shoes of the one and only… yeah it’s in the title. It will be up to you to discern the clues and make the connection to solve the crime. 

In Sherlock Holmes Crime and Punishment is a story based crime solving puzzle game. The story is the focus, so I won’t go into detail. I will finish with these stories are a mix of source material, albeit liberally and Sherlock released by the BBC. 

Sherlock Holmes Crimes and Punishment game

The Game Is Afoot

Sherlock Holmes Crime and Punishment shows how games can be engaging and enthralling without the use of killing anyone. In fact, it is a rather (for the most part) a very gentlemanly affair. 

As Sherlock, you will be called upon by Scotland Yard to help Detective Lestrade with different crimes that are of some note to Sherlock. At each crime scene, he will need to hunt down all the clues and solve the crime. 

There are several elements to solving the crime, inspecting the crime scene and surrounding area, finding clues, inspecting the collected evidence, talking to people, and matching up all the evidence to say if the person is guilty or not. With a few other aspects thrown in. 

Sherlock Holmes Crime and Punishment does a great job narratively of combining these elements to make really a great game, while also showing its age, even at 1080 docked. 

The First Clue. 

Upon entering the crime scene, Sherlock will look for clues. We do this by investigating every pop up that you see. This will lead to a description and it may have Holmes investigate it. 

In the investigation sections, you will find clues, missing items, and so on. This is where the BBC Sherlock’s inspiration comes in, with floating words on screen. After we find enough clues, it’s time to make the connections that are and how the clues relate to the case. This is where Sherlock will decide if the person is guilty or not. Adding more involvement with the deductions. 

Talking about deductions while interviewing people, Holmes can scan over a person, find out important information about the person and their occupations. Then an extra prompt will appear and you will get a quick time event to pick the right deduction to further the questioning. 

It Was Easier To Know It Than To Explain Why I Know It

Sherlock Holmes Crime and Punishment is Frogwears at their best. The game itself is not one of the better ports. There are a few issues that make the game feel somewhat janky and feel aged. 

The character models have a weird look on all of them, they all seem off. The voice acting for Sherlock is the poorest part of the audio. He sounds like a robot with the voice actor delivering his line just because he has to. 

The last bit that gets annoying is the amount of loading screens there are. As Sherlock Holmes Crime and Punishment is not an open world but smaller areas, there is a lot of back and forth. The load times are not too egregious on their own, but with so many per story, it starts to drag. 

Overall, Sherlock Holmes Crime and Punishment is a great story driven detective game that has Frogwears at their best. The let downs are minor but are there. Luckily, the stories are outstanding. 

I would definitely recommend Sherlock Holmes Crime and Punishment if you are a fan of sir Arthur Cohen Doyle’s famous detective. 

8-10
GREAT

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