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XBox 360 Review: The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

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From Frogware, the developer of the Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper  game, comes the first Sherlock Holmes adventure that takes full advantage of HD.   The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is the seventh game in Frogware’s series of Sherlock Holmes games.  

You don’t need to have played any of the previous games in order to enjoy this one, although there are references to past games in  The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

You can play the game in either first-, third-person or point and click style, although we found it easier to use the controls in first-person play.  

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes  is an adventure game that includes many different puzzle games to solve to find clues.  You can play the game as either Sherlock Holmes or as Watson and your goal is to solve a conspiracy involving a stolen necklace that’s intended to discredit Sherlock Holmes.  

As you move through the game, you walk through different rooms and interact with different objects to uncover clues and evidence.   Many of the door locks and chests can only be opened by solving a variety of different puzzles.  In order to activate the puzzles, you need to uncover all of the clues first.  

If you do not do the steps in the correct order, the puzzle will not trigger and I found myself wandering aimlessly several times trying to figure out what the next step was.  If you’re completely stuck on one of the puzzles, you do have the option to skip some of them.  

There is no hint option to solve the puzzles, which I would have preferred.  There is a sixth sense button that tells you what clues you can interact with in the room but it’s not always evident what you’re supposed to do.

 An interesting feature that I haven’t seen in other games is the deduction board, where you store your clues and evidence to try to put them together to solve the mystery. 

The overall story was interesting and should appeal to both fans of Sherlock Holmes and fans of adventure style games in general, despite the fact that it isn’t based on a real Sherlock Holmes story.  

The controls didn’t really manage to move the character around  as smoothly as I would have liked. The graphics weren’t anything amazing but they weren’t awful either. They certainly didn’t detract from the game but some of the characters were definitely not attractive (especially the children).  

I found the puzzles very challenging and a firm grasp of math and logic will definitely help you move through some of them more quickly. This is not a quick game to get through and has a lot of twists and turns that will definitely keep you interested for hours. 

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, and Use of Drugs. This game can also be found on: PC and PS3 

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