Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Mummy (pc game)
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The Frogwares set of Sherlock Holmes games are generally very enjoyable adventures which give you a real feeling of being the world's greatest detective. This one however, is a pretty ropey offering which is only really worth playing by the most dedicated of Holmes fans. The story is a potentially interesting one, finding Holmes on the trail of a missing Egyptologist who is thought to have committed suicide. However, his daughter thinks otherwise, and when Holmes starts investigating, he finds the man may have called up a terrible curse but in trying to protect himself, he has now set up a range of traps in his house which Holmes must now navigate. What follows is a point-and-click adventure in the style of Myst where Holmes must explore the mansion (without the aid of his trusty assistant, Watson) while solving a wide variety of puzzles and traps which bar his progress. There's no interaction with other characters, other than through cut scenes while the puzzles become increasingly difficult as you progress. This could have been a nice little addition to the adventure genre but it pretty much fails on every level. One of the biggest problems is that it feels so dated, and was so even at the time of release, so you can expect to do a lot of tedious pixel hunting. Another issue is that the puzzles are poorly integrated into the storyline while also being highly illogical, a fact which often takes you out of the game, although in terms of challenge and interest, they're actually quite good. However, this isn't enough to save this from being pretty poor stuff.
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