Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One is the next installment in a series of adventure games about the fate of a brilliant detective. The story takes place at the very beginning of his career, when he returns to his home island after his mother's death.
developer: Frogwares publisher: Frogwares Official website
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Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One is the tenth installment in a series of adventure games originating from 2002. The game is a prequel, taking place before the events shown in the previous installments. It was developed by Frogwares, the same studio responsible for the rest of the series.
The story of Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One takes place at the very beginning of the titular detective's career. The protagonist, 21 years old of age, arrives on his native Mediterranean island to visit the grave of his mother, whose death 10 years ago was the reason he left the Holmes estate. Though the land is seemingly a paradise, in reality it faces many issues such as a clear class divide and tragedies affecting its inhabitants. The young detective soon involves himself in a major intrigue, which he attempts to solve with the help of his friend Jonathan.
Mechanically speaking, Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One plays similarly to the previous four installments of the series. The gameplay is shown from a third-person perspective. The game's world is open and freely traversable.
The game's driving force are main quests which progress the story, accompanied by around 30 side quests. Completing them requires investigating, talking to locals, finding items and solving puzzles. Oftentimes we'll need to use a trick (such as a disguise) or deductive reasoning to acquire desired information. We can also "pin" acquired material to the screen, such as the suspects' profiles. Solving the case requires connecting different facts and evidence.
There are also sequences reminiscent of action games - Sherlock owns a firearm but can only use it in specific scenes. The game also offers a non-linear storyline, influenced by the decisions made by the player (including the use of violence). There are also optional activities to do in-between quests, such as decorating Sherlock's mansion.
Completing the main storyline of Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One should take about 12-15 hours. Completing all the side quests as well is a task for up to 40 hours.
The visuals of Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One are fully three-dimensional. The detailed locations may be especially appealing.
Last updated on 13 March 2023
Game mode: single player
User score: 5,8 / 10 based on 67 votes.
Pre-release expectations: 6 / 10 based on 117 votes.
PEGI rating Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One System requirements
PC / Windows
- Intel Core i5-6600 3.3 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz
- 12 GB RAM
- graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 960 / Radeon R9 380 or better
- 28 GB HDD
- Windows 10 64-bit
- Intel Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz
- 12 GB RAM
- graphic card 8 GB GeForce GTX 1070 / Radeon RX 5600 XT or better
- 28 GB SSD
- Windows 10 64-bit