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Gameplay 8.1
Graphics 8.8
Sound 8.0
Value 7.5
Developer: QVS
Review Date:
November 2007
Ty Williams
Classification: M15+


Sherlock Holmes versus Arsene Lupin

Sherlock Holmes versus Arsene Lupin is the latest true adventure game on the PC that teleports players back to the 19th century as the legendary Sherlock Holmes. The gentlemen thief, Arsene Lupin has announced to England that he plans to rob London of five objects of immense value within the next five days and it is up to Sherlock Holmes to foil his nefarious plans before these objects fall into the wrong hands.

Sherlock Holmes versus Arsene Lupin is your classic adventure game that is almost an extinct breed on the PC as players navigate through a gloriously recreated 19th century 3D world as they search the gaming environment for clues in order to stop this not so modest thief. Faithfully recreated landmarks of the era that include the Tower of London and the National Gallery are just a few of the sites that gamers will visit in this engaging adventure game.


  • It’s the end of the 19th century and an amazing battle of wits and wills is going to take place between two great figures: Sherlock Holmes, armed with his experience, and Arsène Lupin armed with his wits. Will you be up to the challenge?

  • The magnificent city of London with all its most famous monuments (Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Tower of London…), is faithfully created for the scenes of investigation.

  • Meet the Queen of England in a very private interview.

  • Interact with more than 40 characters to further your enquiry

  • Take turns being the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his faithful friend, Doctor Watson.

  • Uses the latest graphics technology, along with real-time 3D visuals, to provide total immersion and maximum thrills.

  • Use and combine more than 100 objects and discover hundreds of clues and documents to help you bring the investigation to its conclusion

The gameplay of Sherlock Holmes versus Arsene Lupin allows players to traverse this fully interactive 3D world that has the player talking to a plethora of characters from the Victorian era as they try to put together the clues of this title. The beauty of Sherlock Holmes versus Arsene Lupin is the advanced gameplay of the title which allows gamers to be fully immersed in this world of detectives by allowing players to experience a unique first person view that puts you right amidst the action.

Although the clues in this current incarnation of Sherlock Holmes range from easy to difficult, the developers have ensured that most older gamer should be able to solve this title, even if they need to come back to the places they are stuck at a few times. It might take a different approach or perspective to solve the riddles but in the end, it will be worth it.

Graphically, Sherlock Holmes versus Arsene Lupin is a visual treat on the PC with its fully interactive 3D environment that also uses dynamic lighting to assist in a variety of the puzzles. All the characters have been faithfully recreated to suit the Victorian era from their looks to their mannerisms. The backgrounds are also quite impressive and really help immerse you into this mysterious world of legendary thieves and detectives.

Although the special effects in the title are sometimes far and few, the developers have ensured that the title contains enough to make this a rather visually impressive game. It also comes at a small price and recommends only minimum system requirements such as a 64MB graphics card that is DirectX 9 compatible and 3GB of hard drive of space which also assists with the speed. To compliment the title, the game also contains an engaging soundtrack which would not be out of place of the era and some great background ambient sounds.

In conclusion, Sherlock Holmes versus Arsene Lupin is one of those rare adventure games of the 80's and 90's that has a 21st century feel with its engaging storyline, detailed gameplay and best of all, puzzles and riddles with over 100 objects that must be found and used interactively with the gaming environment and characters. It's time to put on your detectives hat, pop in a pipe and start investigating the mystery of Arsene Lupin... the greatest thief of all time and also bust the Queen herself!



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