Sherlock Holmes is one of the most timeless characters literature has ever produced.
The Baker Street sleuth is still a major presence in TV and film due to the BBC series and Robert Downey Jr movies. And thanks to Focus Home Interactive and Ubisoft, he makes a regular appearance at games retail too.
Focus’ Holmes games – such as Sherlock Holmes vs Jack The Ripper (yes, really) – have been well received in the past. And The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is on course to continue this success.
Holmes has been identified as the main suspect in a case of theft, fraud and double-crossings. The people of London gradually lose their trust in him as he fails to prove his innocence – even his faithful friend Dr Watson begins to have his doubts.
It’s up to players to don the good detective’s pipe and deerstalker and clear his name. They must explore a variety of crime scenes in 1898 London, finding clues that lead to the true culprit behind this plot.
Every piece of evidence can be inspected closely so that no details are missed, and gamers will need to use all their cunning to catch eye-witnesses off-guard during interviews. Would-be sleuths can even re-enact crimes and use the game’s new deduction system to establish what really happened.
Developer Frogwares has also overhauled the game engine for richer detail and eerier lighting. The studio has even used motion capture and real actors to bring the residents of Victorian London to life.