Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (gamebook)
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.