Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: Case of the Rose Tattoo

Set in the classic world of the great Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case of the Rose Tattoo throws you right onto a vaporous trail of intrigue, murder, and scandal. It begins with Sherlock’s own brother being injured in a strange explosion at his residence. Now it’s up to you, as Dr. Watson, to convince Sherlock that something’s up.

Throughout the game, a fantastic collection of scenery sets the artistic tone. Though it would never stand trial for being “state of the art,” the hand-drawn images which comprise the game world really bring the settings to life. The character animations are superb. The first time you see Dr. Watson removing his coat and hat, plopping down on an easy chair, and thumbing through a newspaper, you’ll have to stop yourself from trying to channel surf your monitor.

7A huge cast of characters await throughout the course of the game. Each one is carefully scripted to match their speech and actions to their demeanor and station in life. The mystery you’ll unlock is quite extensive, and interwoven between many characters. The later presents a problem, as you’ll bounce back and forth between characters far too many times. Annoyance with the game peaks when a solution is painfully clear, but well out of reach while you comb the streets for that special someone you need to talk to, one more time.

Having the ability to skip past an animation or sequence is strangely absent. It’s simple but much needed addition that many adventure games – especially ones with fancy 3D animations – neglect to implement. Notwithstanding its shortcomings, there’s a certain twisted appeal to the pompous, chivalrous era depicted in Sherlock Holmes. And despite its overall somber tone, there’s an occasional chuckle or two to be had over the exploits of some of the more colorful characters within this game.

System Requirements: 80486DX2, 4 MB RAM, DOS

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