Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (gamebook)

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For the video game, see Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective.
Sherlock Holmes:
Consulting Detective
Publisher(s) Sleuth Publications
Publication date 1981
Genre(s) Gamebook
Language(s) English
Media type Print


Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective is a gamebook published by Sleuth Publications in 1981. The original gamebook was packaged in a paperboard box; the deluxe edition was bound in a leatherette binder. In Germany, it won the Spiel des Jahres ("Game of the Year") award in 1985.

In the game, the player reads a brief introduction to a case, then studies

The game comprises several small books and documents, such as maps; a clue-filled reproduction of The Times; and a small directory that tells the player which London locale to "visit" to talk to a character.

The game has ten mysteries to solve, but Sleuth also published five supplemental mysteries: The Mansion Murders, The Queen's Park Affair, Adventures by Gaslight, Sherlock Holmes & the Baby, and West End Adventures.

ICOM Simulations adapted Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective to a video game, also called Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, which they published in 1991. Two sequels followed in 1992 and 1993, respectively.

Ystari Games published a new version of the gamebook in French (2011) and English (2012).

In another Sleuth Publications gamebook, Gumshoe, the Hardboiled Detective in the Thirties (1985), the player assumes the role of a detective in 1930s San Francisco. Clues are found in city maps, mug shots, finger print files, newspapers, crime reports, etc.

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