The Testament of Sherlock Holmes Review
A character study of one of literature’s greatest minds, with lots of brilliant puzzles.
Have you ever wondered what made the great Sherlock Holmes tick? The Testament of Sherlock Holmes tackles that issue, calling into question the motivations behind literature's greatest and most introverted deductive mind. A compelling story that outlines the fall of Sherlock (or does it?) serves as the backdrop to the latest puzzle game developed by Frogware for their Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series of games. This particular entry is the first designed specifically for console users (Sherlock Holmes Versus Jack the Ripper was a PC port), and it's a truly masterful entry in the puzzle genre. With a wide variety of puzzles that prove to be challenging without being completely inaccessible, beautiful environments, and a stunning emotional story, this title is definitely worth the attention of any gamer that enjoys a more cerebral experience. True, the character graphics leave a lot to be desired (and that's putting it politely), and at the time of this writing there's nothing to do in the game after you beat it except play it again. Those two rather glaring faults aside, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant character study that walks a fine line between literature and video gaming. It's a rare treat that can be appreciated by both fans of the stories, as well as gamers looking for a more intellectual challenge.
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