- Estimated difficulty: 2/10
- Offline: 25 
- Online: 0
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 10-15 hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1 + Case Select [if needed]
- Number of missable achievements: None
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No difficulty
- Do cheat codes disable achievements: No
- Glitchy / unobtainable achievements: No
- Extra equipment needed: No
- Stackable achievements: Yes. You can play both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions and earn 1000 in each version.
“You are Sherlock Holmes. Use your impressive talents as a detective to solve six thrilling and varied cases: murders, missing persons, spectacular thefts and numerous investigations that sometimes lead you into the realms of the fantastic. The great freedom of action in Crimes & Punishments allows you to conduct your investigations in the manner you deem appropriate. Choose the leads you wish to pursue, interrogate your suspects and, from your deductions, name the guilty parties... and determine their fate wisely, as surprising consequences may arise where you least expect them.” – from xbox.com
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is a puzzle-solving point and click adventure game. Instead of focusing on one case, as with Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper and The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, this contains six different unrelated cases to test your intuitive mind. Gather clues, perform interrogations and investigate locations to reach conclusions on who might be the guilty suspect.
Step 1: Walkthrough
All of the achievements with the exception of the “case completed” ones can be considered missable, but instead of having to replay the entire game, you can select specific cases if you missed anything.
I gave this a 2/10 difficulty as while the game itself is not difficult at all, some of the puzzles/mini-games and reaching a conclusion can be a little frustrating. It is suggested that you read through the guide first before playing the game to familiarize yourself with what’s expected. You can always replay a case once it’s completed, but it isn’t necessary if you are paying attention the first time.
There are six cases in this game and each take around two hours to complete (Case 3 is a bit longer and Case 4 is shorter). There is a case-specific achievement for each case, but the majority of them are achievements that span over the entire game. Achievements of particular note are “A Complex Mind”, “A Man of Character”, “A Methodical Man” and “I Never Guess” as the requirements for those are the most extensive throughout the game. Use the solutions with bullet lists as checklists to make your playthrough easier and to make sure you haven’t missed anything.
Pay attention to the casebook icon and the deduction icon in the upper corners of the screen as they will help guide you when there is something you need to do.
You shouldn’t be skipping any character portraits or puzzles/mini-games until you’ve unlocked all the achievements related to them. After that, feel free to skip anything you like.
Note that if you fail to unlock any case-ending achievements (e.g. “Bruiser” or “Sharpshooter”), do not select ‘Accept Decision’. Select ‘Choose Another Ending’ which will take you back to where you make your moral choice. Select the same moral choice, skip your way through the cutscene and try again.
For your convenience, a complete walkthrough for this game is linked HERE which will unlock every achievement with the exception of “Dog-fancier” (which you have to remember to do yourself).
Step 2: Mop Up
If you missed any conclusions, moral choices, character portraits or any other miscellaneous achievements, you can always replay the cases. The game saves all of your previous decisions so if you know what you are missing, you can play that particular case up until you need to make that decision.
If you are following the linked walkthrough in Step 1, this step should not be necessary.
Upgrading to the Unreal Engine 3 and revamping the controls made this game more pleasing to play. This is a good entry to the series, albeit with shorter cases, less intricate story lines and shallow character development. Since each case is about two hours long, you could think of it as watching six separate movies. If you like to test your mind and figure out puzzles, then this game is for you.
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