Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is just one of the many many Sherlock themed video games that we have on hand here at IndieGala. As if we needed any more excuse to love Sherlock Holmes, but hey. Can’t hurt right? Furthermore, Crimes and Punishments is on sale as well, so if you would love to check it out, here’s your chance.
Not to mention the newest upcoming game in the franchise, made by Frogwares: Sherlock Holmes Chapter One.
And although, it’s not my first time to discuss the greatest fictional detective, it is, however, the first time to offer a selection of the finest Sherlock movies. Well, the best in my opinion, although the argument of „strokes for different folks“ fits best here.
But without further, ado… Let’s break down the intricate details of the game itself. Before I continue with the movie picks, of course. What’s the video game all about you ask?
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments – What’s the game about?
First and foremost it’s an adventure mystery game in which you are Sherlock Holmes. How exciting is that? Developed and published by Frogwares, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments lets you explore crime scenes and examine clues. Just like Sherlock indeed.
You get to use your impressive talents as a detective to solve six thrilling and varied cases: murders, missing persons, spectacular thefts and numerous investigations that sometimes lead you into the realms of the fantastic.
The great freedom of action in Crimes & Punishments allows you to conduct your investigations in the manner you deem appropriate. You can also use the 14 extraordinary skills of detection for which Sherlock is famous, choose the avenues of inquiry you wish to pursue, interrogate your suspects and, from your deductions, name the guilty parties. Also, you can even determine their fate!
And in doing so, will you follow your moral compass, or will you apply the letter of the law? It’s up to you to decide, but beware of the consequences.
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes – What makes Sherlock so fascinating?
Fictional as he may be, Sherlock Holmes has been a constant inspiration and fascination over the years. From movies, TV series, manga and video games, the detective (and his partner in solving crimes, Dr. Watson) has been a constant in our mainstream culture. Why?
Well, it’s easy. Because Sherlock Holmes is what most of us are not. And what most of us, secretly aspire to be. Perceptive, intelligent, meticulous and rational. He’s also a functional sociopath, a highly gifted and flawed eccentric individual, but hey. Nobody’s perfect.
He’s a difficult, arrogant and not the most easy-going person in the entire history of literature, but I suppose all great minds are like that. He also tends to work alone, which only adds to the detachment aspect of his character. But that’s just me and my reasoning’s behind the fascination with Sherlock.
Tell me. What makes him so fascinating character for you? Why do you love Sherlock Holmes?
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother
Probably the best Sherlock Holmes movie on this list. Also, the only musical as well, but the added genre doesn’t deflect on the quality of the movie. Directed and written by the great Gene Wilder, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother is a hilariously brilliant film indeed. And if you haven’t had the chance to check it out, please do. You will thank me later.
Wilder plays Sigerson Holmes, Sherlock’s younger brother, who lived in his brother’s shadow for decades without much credit to his famous surname. Douglas Wilmer plays Sherlock Holmes, while the legendary Madeline Kahn is Jenny Hill. Although it’s not that celebrated as the rest of Wider’s movies, it’s classic and hilarious nonetheless. It has slapstick, a great deal of humor and oh so much fun.
Young Sherlock Holmes
Directed by Barry Levinson and written by Chris Columbus, Young Sherlock Holmes is a forgotten gem from the ’80s. And I think it deserves a lot more love and attention.
Most importantly, it tells the origin story of how the iconic duo (Sherlock and Watson) originally met. As young men in boarding school no less. Seems like the mystery solving aspirations started at a young age with the legendary pair.
And what’s more legendary? The movie was produced by Henry Winkler and Steven Spielberg. However, despite good reviews, the movie was not a financial success. It’s a fantastic movie despite all that, and it deserves a chance. Watch it if you get the chance.
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
A rather old Sherlock movie, but a fantastic one. Furthermore, did you know that precisely this movie served as an inspiration for the BBC Sherlock series? Not to mention, it’s directed by the one and only Billy Wilder.
According to Wilder himself, Sherlock Holmes was a passion project for some time, before actually making the movie. Next, it stars Robert Stephens as Holmes, Colin Blakely as Doctor Watson and the great Christopher Lee in the role of Mycroft Holmes.
Christopher Lee previously played Sherlock Holmes, but it’s nice to see him once again in the famous franchise, don’t you think?
Probably the favorite Sherlock Holmes of the new generation. In all honesty, lots of new generations grew up with Robert Downey JR’s version of Sherlock. And why wouldn’t they? He’s probably the best choice for this role, despite not being British.
Indeed Guy Ritchie created some strong characters and interesting premise in a story that was told hundreds of times before. Not to mention that there was plenty of action, humor and frankly, great performances from Downey, Jude Law, and Mark Strong.
Sherlock Holmes was a critical and financial success and it solidified Robert Downey Jr, as a blockbuster mega-star. And I’m all for that, because I adore the man.
The most recent of all the movies on this list, but not the most wildly accepted. Especially with the much younger audience, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on the list. Unlike Young Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Holmes portrays a very old Sherlock Holmes.
His mind is deteriorating and struggles to remember the details of his final case. Likewise, with the tone of a much older Holmes, the movie itself is more of a drama, than a mystery thriller. But it doesn’t matter.
This is a fantastic movie nonetheless, led by the terrific performance by Sir Ian McKellen, and it deserves to be on this list.
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments: Your picks
What are your favorite Sherlock Holmes movies or games? Tell us in the comments below. We’d love to know.