Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments Nintendo Switch Review

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is developed by Frogwares who have been involved in a few Sherlock Holmes games over the years. This first released in 2014 for Windows, PS3 and the XBox 360 before getting a release for PS4 and XBox One in 2019. It has now released on the Nintendo Switch. Is it worth getting? Well, let’s find out…

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  1. Will you be picking this one up? Let us know in the comments section!

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    Happy gaming! Glen

  2. You guys should try boomerang fu for couch multiplayer mayhem. One of the best indie games I’ve bought . Glen give it a try mate!

  3. Looks like it’s running on the sinking city engine. Totally got into the mystery/ story of that game. Prob pick this up after Pokémon and ezio.

  4. I am so getting this when it goes on a sale. I’ve read most of the Sherlock Holmes stories and it would be amazing to experience them this way.

  5. I loved this game the first time I played it. The setting and overall mood/tone of the game is great for a rainy day or nightly gaming. I'll definitely pick it up soon

  6. I was excited for this review. But I realized that I played this a few years ago on my ps4. It was a good game. I remember enjoying it. But I don’t think I’ll be buying it again for the switch. Great review though.

  7. Some quick tips to those who are new to this game:

    1. I know this reviewer played the game in third person mode, but I prefer to play this game in first person mode as it felt more immersive to me. Not only did the environments feel more real when playing, but I also felt like it was more engaging to find clues this way, as I had to scan the environment from top to bottom. This game is more of a "Sherlock Holmes Simulator™️", and I think this camera view best suits that style as the camera doesn't bumble around on other objects or terrain. Of course this is all preference, but I found the game much more immersive that way. Simply press "B" to change your view at any time. Playing this with a good sound system or pair of earphones is also ideal as I found the sound design, mainly in the more quiet points of the game, to be really well executed.

    2. I recommend playing this game with as little knowledge about each case as possible. I know that may be hard considering some cases are ripped right from the books, but half of them are also brand new. The reason I say this is obviously because of spoilers, but also because the main selling point of this game is that you can actually get the wrong murderer by botching deductions. As a result, you're free to decide your own conclusions which makes every choice that much more important. I really wish the game didn't tell you when you've made every deduction during the case since that pretty much tells you when you're done the case, but it helps to go in as blind as possible for the best results regardless.

    3. Following on from point 2. At the end of each case, you can see if your deductions were correct. It's optional and is done by holding down a button. I think it's fine to do this, but the game will also allow you to go back and change your conclusion until you get the right one. My advice: don't do this. Replay the case from the beginning or simply move on to the next one. I know that sounds ridiculous, but doing so will allow you to look at each clue and deduction more carefully and actually think critically about how you proceed. Each case usually has at least 3 or 4 endings, so it can also be fun to intentionally see the wrong ones. Without a guide, it took me quite a long time to actually 100% this game since it requires getting all the endings. By itself, however, the game is only around 8-10 hours long so doing this will allow you squeeze a lot more out of this gem.

    4. The mini games, while kind of annoying and pace breaking (in fact they are really the only thing I dislike about this game), are all able to be skipped. Don't skip the events like the lock picking mini game or the chemical reaction stuff as I think they are fairly good puzzles, but I wouldn't blame people for skipping things like the arm wrestling and harpooning mini games.

    I know this post is long winded, but this is honestly one of my favorite games of all time and it sadly hasn't been topped by the developers since. This is a really special game, especially if you like the old style Sherlock Holmes books so please don't sleep on this. Seriously, this game is a gem and needs to be the standard for this kind of detective style game.

  8. I played one of these on the pc a couple of years ago and enjoyed it immensely! Might have to pick this one up

  9. An excellent review Glen like always, whoa that price for a 2014 game.. I’ll pass on for switch version for now.. I’ve seen elsewhere for cheaper..

  10. Insta-buy! I've just played through ABC Murders which was good if not a bit linear and hand-held and have eagerly been waiting for Sherlock to come out on Switch.

  11. Glen’s pronunciation and command of the English language makes me feel woefully inadequate! Always a pleasure to hear his reviews. Heaven help whosoever has the unfortunate fate of being excoriated by him.

  12. Might actually play this now that ive seen a review for it. Never really watched Sherlock outside the RDJ films but this and the newest one where its a young Sherlock look really fun

  13. I have watched almost every video you guys have created, they're all top notch🙌 but it struck me now for some reason that your score system reminds of the glory days back when I was younger, reading power play or what it's called, the score system is very similar to how your system works, I love it🤩 thanks for your amazing reviews, much love from Norway, cheers 🍻 👏 ✌️

  14. I enjoyed the detective work in The Sinking City but I am just not a follower of Sherlock Holmes so this will be a pass for me. Appreciate the detailed review.

  15. At this point this studio has proven that they know how to make good detective games and it's good to hear this wasn't a cheap and lazy port

  16. With the 25% off it is nearly 20€ here (22.49€) and it is ok for me for that price. Ofc it is 10 Bucks on ps4 becsuse it is 2 years old. This is a "new" release for the switch.

  17. Loved this on the Xbox (and the other two; devils daughter and Jack the Ripper) cant wait to add it to my collection it’s a great game and it will be great to play it on the go

  18. Grab this up on the first sale. Would've been day one at 14.99 US for me. Little too greedy on the asking price.

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