Quick Game Reviews: Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter, Murdered: Soul Suspect, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter – Good – Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter is a story driven detective game where Sherlock with the assistance of Watson, a poor boy and a dog must solve a series of cases for the police. The idea is simple, find all the clues and formulate a conclusion. It gets more complicated when there are multiple possible conclusions but only one can be correct. Emotions about the characters, your own judgement and ability to search all come in and I got the wrong conclusion on most cases but it was interesting and dramatic. Throwing in a few puzzles and minigames to keep things interesting then a big twist near the end make the game exciting and fun. It was a decent length and surprisingly addictive. For such a slow paced game this was amazing as slowness never meant dullness.

Murdered: Soul Suspect – Good – You are a detective and you are dead, so you’re a ghost. Solve the mystery of who killed you by finding clues in a linear story set in an open world. Sadly the story does become a little predictable as soon as you realise there’s supernatural happenings set in Salem, have a guess where the story goes? It is however an engaging story that plays out quite well, even featuring a shock twist at the end but with Salem being famous for one main thing it does give away too much. There’s no actual combat in the game but there are stealth sections where you have to assassinate demons, these have decent puzzle like design but often ruin the pacing of the story as you get caught up in facing them and can forget what you’re doing. Hundreds of collectables and lots of little stories give a decent amount of content and allow the writers to do what made the game so enjoyable. The walking through walls and possessing people was fun plus you also get to play as a cat in little sections. Worth playing but I would have liked to not have the stealth sections.

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments – Good – This prequel to The Devil’s daughter features many of the same ideas as it. Many puzzles (that are different to the other game), interesting investigations that make you investigate properly and inventive and sometimes dramatic conclusions to come to. I’m writing both of these reviews at the same time but if you like detectives and puzzles you’ll enjoy both games.

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