Sherlock Holmes - The Awakened box cover

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened is an adventure game developed by Frogwares and published in 2006 on DVD for Windows. The game follows an original plotline as Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate a series of strange disappearances related to the Cthulhu mythos.

Since its release in 2007, Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened has attracted a huge worldwide audience, earning high marks from reviewers and consumers alike. Regarded by many as one of the best uses of a license (earning GameSpot's "Best Use of a License" award in 2007)– The Awakened is one of the key titles in the adventure genre in the past several years.

Critical Reception

Reviews have been mostly positive and was critially acclaimed both by the critics and consumers alike.Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened received a metascore of 72 out of 100, collated from 28 critics, and 7.2 from users at Metacritic.[8]

Gamespot dubbed it as "An engaging story, logical puzzles, and nice visuals combine to make The Awakened a great adventure game". Saying that the only negative review of it is because you can't skip cutscenes.[9]

IGN gave it 8.1 score based on 12 critic reviews, saying it as what "This is how adventure games should be made"[10]


The game earned GameSpot's "Best Use of a License" award in 2007.[11] It was also nominated for IGN's "Best PC Adventure Game of 2007."[12]

Assman123 review

The game is great. Even though being a predecessor of later detective games like L.A. Noire, Ace Attorney, and Batman: Arkham Asylum, the game was the first one to establish proper detective gameplay which is still used today in games mentioned before.

Gameplay which Revolutionize the Genre

  • The feature where you interview people, widely seen in L.A. Noire years after its release
  • The deduction mode which is similar to "Detective Mode" in Batman: Arkham Asylum, also on the logic mode in Ace Attorney
  • Simulation seen in Heavy Rain first appeared in this game
  • Looking for evidence in this game never gets old in other games.
  • Decision to which to follow and to ignore is seen much on modern detective games


Revolutionary features: Gameplay is something that revolutionize mystery/crime games is something to be noted. These features set the stage for our detective games today.

Score = 10/10

Classic*ness: Instant classic, won many awards and critically-slash-consumerably acclaimed.

Score = 7/10

Final Verdict: 10 + 7 / 20 X 50 + 50 = 92.5%

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