Sherlock Holmes

• Publisher: Bantam Software
• Developer:
As above
Release Date: 1986
Code: P.A. Golden

GFX: Michael J. Becker
Music: n/a

ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 76%


FILE: sherlockholmesend.zip


> SHERLOCK HOLMES by Firebird / Bantam Software

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Sherlock Holmes by Firebird/Bantam is a graphic adventure where you play the part of the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, aboard the celebrity laden S.S. Destiny. You have to solve six intertwined cases by investigating the strange happenings during the mysterious cruise. You can interact with many characters and visit most of the ship's locations. It's atmospheric, with decent graphics and devious puzzles. I found this game much more enjoyable than your basic Quill created text adventure. You really do feel that you are a top sleuth on the trail of devious criminals with you trusty sidekick Watson at your side every step of the way.

Holmes done it, he has saved the free world!

Clever old Sherlock.

So was the letter a ploy?

"Elementary my dear Watson..."

A true master of deduction :)

Nearly there...

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I followed a few extensive solutions online, but as usual there were mistakes in them. After a few hours of playing I worked my way to a solution and solved all six cases.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: The ending as you would imagine, contains quite a bit of text. The story concludes in the cargo hold, where Holmes gets the captain to defuse the bomb - with help on the way from Houdini. Holmes and Watson stress their relief in saving the day. Watson presses Holmes for explanations of various things but Holmes says he will have to wait until they reach New York as they have already had sufficient excitement for one cruise. A large picture of the cruise ship is also shown above the text. Finally 'THE END' appears and a list of the names of the cases you have solved appear. Hopefully all six are shown if you have completed all of the game correctly.


  • Neil: A fair ending to a decent adventure. A few more nice pictures would have been most welcome though. 3/10.
  • Vinny: I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before on the site, but I'm a massive fan of the original Sherlock Holmes stories written by the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I've always been fascinated by them and own quite a few different versions of all the published books. But strangely enough, I've never loaded up and played this game, and I'm not sure why. Maybe I don't want to read something that wasn't directly written by Sir Arthur himself; but then again, I thoroughly enjoy Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's Sherlock on the BBC. It's probably time I checked it out...

    With regards to the ending... it is what it is. I wasn't expecting anything more than another image and an epilogue. 3/10 from me too.
  • Brendan Phoenix: At least it does not have the dreaded standard text adventure ending we usually see. The old 'You have completed - insert game title here - in 103 moves. Press a key to try again'

    Additional pics would have certainly helped bumped the score up. It's a below average ending, but better than your average text adventure ending - if that makes sense!
  • Andrew Fisher: I like the extra pictures, and it is a decent ending for a text adventure. I must admit that I haven't tried the game myself, but like Vinny I am a fan of the TV series Sherlock.
  • Gaz Spence: Better than your average text adventure in terms of the presentation and graphics. I read all of the Sherlock stories and novels a few years back so I probably count as a fan but I'm not really into the modern Sherlock series - all style and no substance imho.
  • Andy Vaisey: Well, it's nice to have a decent ending to a text adventure, even if someone overdid the spray tool on the ship picture. Not great, but a satisfying ending I think.

FINAL SAY: I knew there wasn't going to be any animation or fanfare at the end of this. How? Elementary my dear Watson...

G.E. RATING: 3 / 10

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