The Testament of Sherlock Holmes Review: The (5)7% Solution

 

The game’s one unforgivable blunder is its lack of mystery. For all the grandiose plotting and gruesome violence perpetrated by the villains, Testament never delivers the kind of tingling anticipation or carefully plotted revelation that have made Sherlock Holmes one of the world’s best-known fictional characters. Instead, you’re constantly taking time off from the events of the plot to dither around with a brain teaser which, while clever, feels ultimately irrelevant. What mystery there is, unfortunately, results mostly from unexplained and unresolved plot holes and loose ends.

Nevertheless, if Frogwares can continue their fine work with writing, voice acting, and character, there’s no reason that this long-running series shouldn’t have a seventh installment. Furnished with a more engrossing story and some more compelling detective work, the denizens of 221B Baker St. could get the game they deserve.

 

Pros

  • Great writing and voice acting
  • Adherence to tradition will please Holmesians and adventure game fans
  • New game engine does a small studio proud when it comes to graphics

Cons

  • Overarching story disappointing in the extreme
  • Poor pacing; not enough suspense, horror, or excitement.
  • Many puzzles abstract, unrelated to the rest of the game.

Final Score: 57/100

 

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