Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective – Game of the Week
I think it’s fairly safe to say that people love solving mysteries. From the millions of novels based on this genre to tv shows like Law & Order, everyone loves a healthily does of sleuthing. Perhaps it’s just in our nature to want to solve a riddle or bring a criminal to justice. Regardless of the reason, our newest Game of the Week has you stepping into the shadow of Sherlock Holmes himself as you try solve cases in jolly old London.
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective tasks players with solving a variety of cases in the late 19th century London. However what’s incredibly unique about this game is that there are no dice, cards, or even a game board. Instead, players are presented with a map of London, a case book, newspapers, and a few other handouts. It’s through these that players will dive into the mysteries of one of 12 cases they must attempt to solve.
One of the great things about Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective is how immersive it is. It begins with a story, usually a murder that has to be solved, from there is up to the players on where to proceed next. They can look over the map, read the newspaper, or follow up on different leads. When you visit a location, you flip through the book to that location’s entry and read the text. With luck, that will give you a new lead or a piece of evidence. By the end of the game, you’ll (hopefully) have amassed all the evidence you need to solve the case.
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective isn’t going to be for everyone. It’s incredibly unique and it’s tailor made for players who love a deep, thematic experiences. I should note that the original Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective is out of print, but gamers looking to get their sleuthing on should pick up Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventure. It’s a stand alone follow up to the original (which you don’t have to have played). And for those who would prefer a more Lovcrafitan spin, there is Mythos Tales that takes the mysteries out of London and into H.P. Lovecraft’s Arkham.
1-8 PLAYERS • AGES 12+ • 90 MINUTES • $40