Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter
The best yet, but still short of greatness
This is far from Frogwares' worst effort till date but Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter is far from the detective's greatest adventure yet.
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter is a hard left over Reichenbach Falls. It's Frogwares taking all the wrong lessons from Crimes and Punishments, turning out its least-coherent Sherlock games in ages and filling it with all sorts of mechanical drudgery. Such a shame.
With a bit more polish, and a few much needed scenes, this game could be amazing.
It is a game with potential, but its frustrating game design flaws prevented it from being a 'must play'. I felt there was a bit of confusion as to the direction the developers wanted to go, as they couldn't quite marry the point and click and action adventure genre together. There is a lot to explore and the ability to play as different characters, point your finger at multiple suspects and use Holmes's abilities to piece together clues is great, but the action sequences and lack lustre storyline (until the very, very end) really let the game down. If you are a Sherlock fan and can overlook these flaws then you will enjoy the variety and new detective abilities offered in this adventure, otherwise maybe give this one a miss.
A better presented package overall, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter is a small step forward for the series, but still in serious need of polish and a greater level of cohesion between its disparate parts. Fewer mini-games and more sleuthing would have been preferable and played to the game's strengths. As it is, The Devil's Daughter is a solid Sherlock yarn, but one that falls well short of greatness.
With varying action sequences, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter attempts to appeal the series to a wider audience. Almost every case features new mechanics that you'll only use once before moving on, but thankfully these can be skipped if you desire. I've skipped a couple in my playthrough, and never felt like I was taking the easy way out. Why waste time on a poorly constructed trial and error sequence, when I just want to figure out who set the streets of London ablaze in a hailstorm of fire. When it comes down to it, The Devil's Daughter is still a fun experience, giving players the freedom to come to their own conclusions. It's a great way to feel like you are a detective.
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter feels about on par with previous games in the series.
If Frogware could just tighten up the good stuff and lose what doesn't work, it might just give us the ultimate Sherlock Holmes game. As it is, The Devil's Daughter is flawed but entertaining, with lots of great detective work, some fun if baffling storylines and annoying action bits you can cheerfully skip through.