Gary Swaby at The Koalition writes: Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famed fictional detectives ever depicted. There are books, movies and TV shows dedicated to the exceptional detective first created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. When it comes to video games, Frogwares has already produced a successful formula with The Testament of Sherlock Holmes. However, the game went under the radar for many, which makes Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments their chance to capture a bigger audience, as well as make detective games more appealing to the mass audience.
As someone who’s already a fan of the Sherlock Holmes literature, movies and TV shows; I went into Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments with low expectations. I wasn’t convinced that a game could correctly capture Sherlock Holmes’ personality while also making a fun gaming experience. It seemed like a balance that would be too difficult to reach. Frogwares hasn’t exactly found the perfect balance, but I can certainly say that they’re onto something.