Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective is a game I picked up on the recommendation of Shut Up and Sit Down, my favorite board game reviewers.

In it you take on the role of Sherlock Holmes' assistants.  You're a member of the group he uses as his eyes and ear around the city.  He has you working on the same cases he is working on, so in essence you get to solve the same mystery as Sherlock Holmes.

The gameplay is what really makes this game shine.  You get a case, read the intro, and then you have the freedom to go anywhere in the city of London to investigate.  There's also a newspaper for the day that may or may not have anything related to the case, but it's always worth looking through.  You have a map, a London directory, locations of your regular contacts, and the case book.  You're left to your own devices to decide where to go and who to investigate.

When you think you've finally learned enough about the case you flip back to the solution section where you are asked to answer a series of questions which will determine your points.  Then you are given a classic Sherlock case solving scene where he walks through what happened and how he figured it out.  Then you compare yourself to Sherlock.  He always scores 100.  You will probably score less, but that's fine.  The fun is in figuring everything out, not in trying to beat Sherlock.

In our first game we got 55 points and were really proud.  In the second case we got -35 points and failed badly, but we still had so much fun playing that it didn't matter.

I would recommend this game to anyone who likes the idea of solving cases.  It's great as a two player game but I can also see it being awesome as a solo game too.  I bet you could go up to three or four people and still have a great time with it.  It's a great game!

I'll leave you with the Shut Up and Sit Down review that convinced me to buy this game embedded below for you convenience!


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