Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective is a book-based game published by Sleuth Publications in 1981. A deluxe edition was released in a leatherette binder; the game was also published in a more traditional boxed version. In 1985, it won the Spiel des Jahres award.
Although often thought of as a board game, SHCD has no board. Players read a brief introduction to a case, then explore a large book of clues, each of which is tied to a numerical "location" somewhere in London.
The game had a very immersive feel, thanks to the way text was spread out into a number of small books and documents. For instance, reproductions of The Times are riddled with clues; a small directory tells players which numerical location to "visit" to talk to certain characters; maps and other devices allowed for a very "free-form" gaming experience, and also made the game ideal for solitaire play.
The first installment contained ten cases. Five supplements were published: The Mansion Murders, The Queen's Park Affair, Adventures by Gaslight, Sherlock Holmes & the Baby, and West End Adventures.
A new version of Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective was reprinted by Ystari Games in French (2011) and English (2012).
Computer and DVD versions of some of the original games are still available.
Sleuth Publications also produced a similar game called Gumshoe, the Hardboiled Detective in the 30s. The game consists of historical maps of San Francisco from the 30s, mug shots, finger print files, newspapers, crime reports, etc. It is currently out of print.