Gamers Hell writes: "The hidden object game has for some time been one of the most popular casual sub-genres. The basic premise of any game that falls under this banner is fairly simple- you're given a highly detailed scene, packed with objects, and it's up to you to find and click on a virtual 'shopping list' of items. Dr. Lynch: Grave Secrets takes this hidden object game blueprint, daubs it with a Sherlock Holmes-esque plotline and adds-on a few casual mini-games to the mix.
The Dr. Lynch of the title is our Holmes and indeed the game's protagonist. England's most famous skeptic and author of (fictional) classics like Debunking England's Ghosts, Lynch's curiosity is piqued when he hears of the sighting of a ghost in Bromley, England. Forever with a beer in his hand whenever he appears in any of the game's cartoon strip cut scenes, Lynch seems a little more brash and drunken than the drugged-up but sharp Holmes, but the similarity is unmistakable nevertheless."