Deduction and action go hand in hand with the DRM-free release of Frogwares‘s adventure game Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter.
It’s been quite some time since I reviewed The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, and while it might not have been the best of games, it still did the detective work of Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary detective justice with all the clue gathering and suspect interrogation sequences, although as with the previous point-and-click adventure games, it wasn’t without its obscure puzzles and backtracking. Now even if I’ve missed Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments that seems to be quite an improvement with various cases to solve and endings to see, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter might be the next best thing if one goes the DRM-free route of GOG, because the former game is still not available on that digital platform.
This time Holmes looks much more like the modern Guy Ritchie movie version and the game includes enough QTEs to make classic adventure gamers turn away in frustration. The story about the private detective’s adopted daughter Katelyn who brings a dark family secret to light also adds a more supernatural touch to proceedings than one is used to, although there was always something mysterious and strange about Holmes’ cases. Still, judging from the cinematic trailer, it almost looks as if taken out of a horror movie (which isn’t a bad thing in my book). Despite relying more on action set-pieces, deduction with combining clues hasn’t been forgotten, though. I’m not really averse to a more cinematic presentation and don’t have a problem with QTEs, so if this means that those terrible sliding puzzles or other strange object combinations are absent, this is more than just a big improvement.
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter is now available on GOG with a 70% discount that will last until February 8, 2PM UTC. There is also a Detective Stories Sale going on at the moment with up to 90% off the individual games, with quite a few Sherlock Holmes games and some other even more enjoyable adventure titles I already reviewed being featured. The sale will end on February 5, 11PM UTC.
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