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These are often on sale and I'm thinking of getting one of them. I've always been a fan of the character. What is the best game in the series in your opinion?

(Graphics don't matter to me. Interesting story, clever puzzles, etc are important)

Thanks
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kmh12177: These are often on sale and I'm thinking of getting one of them. I've always been a fan of the character. What is the best game in the series in your opinion?

(Graphics don't matter to me. Interesting story, clever puzzles, etc are important)

Thanks
I personally think Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper. It kept me playing to the exclusion of all other games as I wanted to see the story unfold (although the subject matter is a bit dark) and I don't remember getting stuck too badly on any of the puzzles. Highly recommended.
+1 for Jack the Ripper. A proper detective story. Rather grim of course, owing to the historical events it is based on. I haven't played Devil's Daughter, but it got rather lukewarm reviews here. Silver Earring uses an earlier engine, where the deduction puzzles don't work that well. They are not perfect in JtR either but surely a Sherlock Holmes game should feature some kind of complicated deduction.
my top 3:

Jack the Ripper.
Testament
Crimes and Punishment.


Also, i like that both Crimes and Punishment and Devil Dauther feature more that one case
Post edited November 21, 2019 by mreme
I've just completed a playthrough of the whole series of Sherlock games by Frogwares. Here's my list, best to worst:

1. Crimes & Punishments. Apart from a few confusing moments in especially one of the cases C&P is a well written and executed adventure game. Highly recommended. 4,5/5.

2. The Testament of Sherlock Holmes: Gets most things right. Great atmosphere and a well written and interesting story. Mainly logical and fun puzzles. 4/5.

3. Nemesis ("vs Arséne Lupin" in my part of the world). Great premise for a puzzle fest. Fits good within the SH universe. A few really badly designed and tedious puzzles keeps it from being a true classic. Still a solid and fun game. 4/5.

4. vs Jack the Ripper. Almost as good as Nemesis. Deals with the subject matter in a delicate way and is very much factually accurate. Not sure I agree about the solution to the case though, but the game has a very clever ending. Great game! 4/5

5. The Awakened. Some fantastic scenes but unfortunately some pretty bad ones too. Frogwares had not yet got everything together at this point, but it's a nice attempt. Definitely not a bad game, just not as good as some of the later games. A must play for any adventure game fan. 3,5/5

6. The Devil's Daughter: Basically the same style of gameplay as Crimes & Punishments but ultimately less intreseting cases and a pretty stupid story arc. But what really makes it a lesser game than most of its predecessors is the action elements that have been added to the mix. Most of them poorly executed and frustrating. Some of the pure adventure parts are ok, but ultimately not a very fun game to play. Disappointing. 2,5/5.

7. The Case of the Silver Earring. Frogwares' second attempt at a Sherlock adventure game after The Mystery of the Mummy (not on GOG thankfully). A very confusing plot and pretty bad writing overall. And some sneaking and timed elements that can't be fun for anyone. But the game has its moments. Some good scenes. The following game, The Awakened, is much much better though. 2/5

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100. The Mystery of the Mummy. Not on GOG and I hope it stays that way. Noone should play this game. It's one of the worst adventure games I've played, and I've played hundreds of them. 0,5/5.
Post edited January 03, 2020 by Veovis
Crimes and Punishments is definitely in the top two. Frogwares' decade of experience in making Sherlock Holmes games shows. I think I still prefer JtR though.

C&P is kind of deliberately confusing. When you've done all the legwork and got all the evidence, you still have multiple feasible theories with different perpetrators, depending on your interpretation of the evidence. In the end, every case is a judgement call.