by: David Sanchez
; edited by: Michael Hartman
; updated: 4/17/2012
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Sherlock Holmes and his crafty sidekick Watson became popular through literature, but they have also appeared in various PC games. These are the top games to star the famous detective.
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Top Sherlock Holmes PC Games
People often tend to disregard the Sherlock Holmes franchise as a mystery series for children. While there is plenty of Sherlock Holmes content for the kiddies, a closer look at the series shows that there is something for everyone, from children to adults. The PC currently houses a number of enjoyable titles based on the famous detective that appeal to older gamers. These are the top 3 Sherlock Holmes games for PC.
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Even with its E10+ rating, Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis has plenty of gritty storytelling, and the atmosphere is fairly dark. Additionally, the game is full of intricate puzzles that require a patient mind and complex thinking. Children are sure to have fun with this one for a while, but it’s the older players that really get a kick out of the themes and brainteasers in Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis.
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Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper
People love when games blur the line between fiction and reality. That’s why Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is one of the better entries in the series in recent memory. Though the puzzles are fun, it’s the storytelling that really draws you in. Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper captures many of the murders that transpired at the hands of the mysterious killer, making the subject matter in this title geared toward the older player. Additionally, many of the cases require you to inspect the mangled bodies of the Ripper’s victims, which is certainly a gameplay element that caters to people who have read extensively about London’s famed serial killer.
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One of the few M-rated titles to star the infamous detective, Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened is a dark, pulp tale that features elements of cultist, supernatural, and mystery storytelling all rolled into one incredibly engaging package. This game is not only one of the best Sherlock Holmes PC games, but some gamers may argue that it is in fact that best title in the series.
The story here revolves around a cult whose goal is to awaken the mythical beast Cthulhu. It is up to Sherlock Holmes to brave mysterious towns and literally keep an eye open for every little detail and clue he may find. Surprisingly, combining mystery novel-like gameplay with a tale of occult mythos works extremely well here and provides a Sherlock Holmes game that both longtime fans and newcomers alike can get into. If they’re old enough to play it, that is.
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Top 3 Sherlock Holmes PC Games
There’s something for everyone when it comes to the Sherlock Holmes series. There are games that cater to the younger crowd, and there are others that are created specifically with older gamers in mind. This series has had its ups and downs, but there’s no denying that Nemesis, Jack the Ripper, and The Awakened are three of the best Sherlock Holmes PC games worth spending your time playing.