Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. I

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Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. I
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: Sega
Genre: Adventure

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
Sega Mega-CD
Sega Mega-CD
DM 129.95129.95[7] 4650
Sega Mega-CD
Sega Mega-CD
Sega Mega-CD
£44.9944.99[4][5] 4650
Non-Sega versions

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Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. I is an adventure game for the Sega Mega-CD based on the Sherlock Holmes series of books. In North America, the game was bundled with launch Sega CD units along with Sega Classics Arcade Collection (in the same box) and Sol-Feace.


The game uses live actors and sets as the player controls Sherlock Holmes and his longtime partner Dr. Watson, trying to solve three separate crimes by visiting various locations, listening to the dialogue, reading the included mock London newspapers, and, when the player gets enough evidence, answering the judge's questions.

At the beginning of each case, a full-motion video clip depicts Holmes and Watson meeting a client and learning a few background clues about the case. Then the player must choose a particular location or person from the directory to visit, read the London newspapers for clues, or ask one of the young "Baker Street Irregulars" to investigate. A video clip plays each time the player visits a relevant person or location. Selecting an irrelevant location to visit results in a short audio clip of dialogue between Holmes and Watson and negatively impacts the player's score. The object of each case is to gather enough clues in the lowest number of visits possible, then go before a judge who then asks the player to answer the important questions about the case. If the player is successful, Dr. Watson reveals the player's score, based on the number of visits it took to solve the case. The player can view a video clip set in Holmes' and Watson's study that reviews the events that transpired.

There are several general informants (also portrayed by actors) who can be visited in multiple cases across the Consulting Detective games, including characters from Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories such as Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard, former criminal Shinwell Johnson, and gossip columnist Langdale Pike.



The Mummy's Curse
This investigation is set on 12 April 1889. Holmes and Watson learn about a series of mysterious deaths of three men who were part of an archaeology trip to Egypt. Each man was found strangled with a sheath of a mummy's wrapping present at each murder. The London Times believes the deaths were caused by an ancient mummy, creating mass hysteria. Holmes and Watson decide to take on the case to find the real culprit but they face a challenge, since only one murder was in London while another was in Egypt and another was at sea.


The Mystified Murderess
This case takes place on 4 July 1888. Francis Nolan is found hovering over the body of her lover, Guy Clarendon, in a London hotel with a pistol in her hand. She is convicted of Guy's murder, despite having no memory of ever being there, nor purchasing the gun that was bought in her name. She insists that she is innocent as Holmes and Watson take on the case to see if she is telling the truth. Along the way, Holmes and Watson learn about Guy Clarendon's dark past.


The Tin Soldier
The investigation takes place on 10 June 1890. An old general is murdered in his home by a mysterious visitor who quickly vanishes from the scene of the crime. Holmes and Watson investigate to see whether the crime was due to the general's part in a Veteran Tontine, a book he was writing on a missing diamond, a disgruntled marriage, or something hidden deep in his past.



The game was followed by Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. II in 1993. Since the game was only bundled with new consoles and never released as a stand-alone product in North America, this theoretically means Volume II is a great deal easier to find than Volume I.

A third entry with three new cases was also released for the IBM PC and Macintosh in 1993, but it was not released for any home console.

Magazine articles

Main article: Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. I/Magazine articles.

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Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. I

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ROM dump status

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752,581,200 CD-ROM (EU) 4650


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