Secret Of The Silver Earring
||(Win98/Me/XP/2000) (Retail Box) (SHERLSSEPR)
Game / Mystery
Mild Violence / Use of Alcohol
B from Just Adventure
London 1895: A wealthy construction tycoon lies dead in his
mansion. Join Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they interview suspects,
investigate the crime scene, and uncover family secrets that might point to the
murderer. Play one of the most intriguing and captivating plots ever created
for the Sherlock Holmes character. Clues will take players to Brazil, India,
and to more than 40 19th-century London locations. Developed by Frogwares
Studio, Secret of the Silver Earring allows players to experience a new
murder-mystery adventure featuring the investigative skills of world's most
famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.
Play as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
40 different 19th-century London locations.
5 levels and a wealth of in-game movies.
Over 30 investigating hours of play.
40 witnesses and 3 hours of recorded dialogue.
A suspense-filled storyline with many plot twists and turns.
Win 98/Me/XP/2000: Processor: Pentium® III 600
MHz, AMD Athlon (Pentium III 800 MHz or AMD Athlon or higher recommended)
RAM: 256 MB Video Card: 32 MB DirectX® 8.1 or higher compliant (64 MB
3D-accelerated video card recommended) (see supported list*) Sound Card:
DirectX 8.1 compliant Direct X: DirectX 8.1 or higher (included on disc) CD-ROM
Drive: 8x CD-ROM (24x recommended) Hard Drive Space: 1500 MB free
*Supported Video Cards at the Time of Release NVIDIA
GeForce 2/3/4/FX families ATI® Radeon 8500/9000 families
Just Adventure by Red Egnes
"Full of charm and period detail, quaint scripts and vintage
plotting, for this reviewer it was a pleasure to wander through the streets and
suburbs of London alongside the eminent Sherlock Holmes and his upstanding
colleague, Watson. Each backdrop is wonderfully presented in glorious textures,
the character models are very well made and acted and the general presentation
absolutely impeccable. Also, the crisp graphics and high resolution really help
when searching for clues and objects - something you'll be doing a lot of in
"It's just so frustrating that the developers failed on some
really basic hurdles. It's so annoying when a game is so near being great and
falls short because of a lack of attention in a few areas. In all honesty, I
hope that Frogwares produces another Sherlock game which has better continuity,
drops the absurd action sequences, ups the quality of the voice acting (except
Watson, who's brilliant) and pays more respect to the high quality that they've
set themselves in terms of presentation. If they can do that, they'll have an
absolute blinder on their hands."
Review by Gordon Alpin
"The Case of the
Silver Earring is a visually stunning game, the graphics are gorgeous with
lavish and vibrant Victorian locations. The character modelling is equally
impressive with the exception of lip synching and the glaring omission of face
masks in the scene where Holmes and Watson are meant to be wearing them. The
voice acting is generally very good and adds to the characterisations, and I
was pleased to note that Holmes pronounced 'lieutenant' correctly, even if no
one else did."
"After a spectacular start at the murder scene the story
really begins to develop as the investigation proceeds and new locations
appear. And the story itself is intriguing and, on the whole, very well told
with just a couple of stumbles due to the complexity. On one occasion Holmes
was privy to information that I didn't have as he set out to investigate a
subsequent murder. I replayed the scene a few times but didn't find the clue.
Maybe I missed it but I thought that this particular transition needed a
stronger statement to maintain the continuity. On another occasion Watson had
access to information that wasn't in his possession, but overall the story
knitted together well.
"And the game is very much story-driven as you might expect
in a Sherlock Holmes mystery. Despite my criticisms this is a case where
Sherlock Holmes fans should have a lot of fun raking through the evidence and
drawing conclusions. I did, and I'm hoping that Frogwares have another case
waiting in the wings to challenge us."
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