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Sherlock Holmes seems to be the man of the moment at present, given the television repeats of this cases and the new Sherlock on BBC 1 on Sunday nights. However I am not plugging TV. Programmes my aim is to find out whether this new Sherlock Holmes DS Nintendo game matches up to the detective character penned by Arthur Conan Doyle
This new game has a historical storyline, based on the British Queen Victoria and her holiday home on the Isle of Wight, Osborne House. Like many DS games the player is challenged to access screens in the shape of rooms to be able to move on to the next level. As you work your way through scenes, trying to solve the mystery with Sherlock Holmes and this time his companion Dr, Watson (he was not included on the first Sherlock Holmes Mystery of the Mummy), you are confronted with puzzles to solve. There are two types of puzzles, those you encounter in the course of the investigation, and those you are awarded when you achieve a good score. The latter are bonus puzzles and can only be accessed at the end of the game. The higher your score the more bonus puzzles you are given. The most bonus puzzles you can get are four.
This game did not quite come up to expectation for me; I enjoyed the first Sherlock Holmes more. Although on the plus side the puzzles are not too demanding and would suit age group from I would say 6years upwards. I am not sure whether the story is aimed at people unfamiliar with Queen Victoria and Osborne House. The idea of bringing Queen Victoria into a story may have been better if the story had more content on the history of her reign and the house itself, making a learning process within the game. Otherwise people from other nationalities and our younger generation may not understand the idea. The investigation for Sherlock and yourself is to prevent the murder of the Queen. The dialogue between Holmes, Watson and the other characters is lengthy, I found some of this unnecessary, and just seem to be filling up the "clip space", making it appear to be a longer game for your money.
As I have already indicated disappointing for me at the price I paid of £19.99, even though it cost less than some other puzzle games on the market, in my opinion it is not worth the money. If you want to add this latest Sherlock Holmes Mystery to your collection my suggestion is shop around on price.