If you follow me on Twitter and this blog, you probably know I adore Sherlock Holmes. I’m always looking for new Holmesian things. Last weekend my Boyfriend and I were looking for a new game at a local board game store and we found a Sherlock Holmes inspired mystery game. Of course I ended up buying it..
There are three different versions of this game;
- Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures
- Carlton House & Queen’s Park
- The Thames Murders & Other Cases
We decided to try the Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures box.
Want to know more about the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective game?
Sherlock Holmes – Consulting Detective
The box features 10 mysterious cases to be solved in Sherlock Holmes’ Vistorian-era London. Included are the ten case books, ten newspapers, a map of London and a ‘London Directory’.
Four of the cases are based on the Jack the Ripper murders and the other six are the standalone ‘West End Adventures’;
- Mary Ann Nichols (Jack the Ripper #1)
- Annie Chapman (Jack the Ripper #2)
- Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes (Jack the Ripper #3)
- Mary Jane Kelly (Jack the Ripper #4)
- The Strange Case of Dr. Goldfire
- The Murder of Sherlock Holmes
- A Case of Identity
- The Death of a Transylvanian Count
- A Royal Huggermugger at the Savage Club
- A Simple Case of Murder
Let’s start by saying that I love how all of the included items look. The booklets have a vintage and distressed look and when I opened the box, I couldn’t wait to start playing.
The guide book stated that it was best to start out with The Strange Case of Dr. Goldfire, the first of the West End Adventures, to get a feel for the game and how it can be played. So we started with this case.
The game is afoot!
Each case begins with an introduction story. You can download an app in the App Store that allows you to listen to the introduction story, so you don’t have to read 2,5 pages. The story of Dr. Goldfire was an interesting one. He is a doctor and he states that someone is trying to murder him. He even has a list of suspects.
When the introduction story finishes, it is time to follow up some leads. You can choose to go to an informant (Scotland Yard, the corronner or a journalist for example) or you can choose to question someone. In the Directory are all the character’s names and on the map you can find were they live. In the newspaper you can find clues.
The game consists of a lot of reading and it’s a completely different game from what we normally play. We really enjoyed it and the case was a lot harder to solve than we thought it would be.
Elementary, my dear Watson!
The story of Dr. Goldfire was intriguing and mysterious and I can’t wait to start with the next mystery case!
Have you ever played Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective?