Earlier today, Xbox gamers got a treat when the monthly schedule of Xbox Live’s Games for Gold was leaked just like it is every month. This time, it was the job of the Spanish Xbox YouTube page to spill the beans. The reveal isn’t as surprising as one of March’s free games, Frogwares’ Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments.
If you haven’t heard of Crimes & Punishments, you’re not alone. When it was initially released in 2014, the game was basically played only by reviewers. Most gamers avoided the title, either because they were turned off by the lack of a marketing campaign or because they were wary of purchasing a title from such a niche, indie developer. After all, nearly all of Frogwares’ library revolves around Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth.
Here’s the thing, though: Frogwares’ Sherlock Holmes titles are actually good and getting better. For a gamer who wants to take a break from mowing down endless hordes of baddies, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is a perfect change of pace. The game plays out over six essentially unconnected cases, each one lovingly written and meticulously planned. Complex deductions, uncertain conclusions, and taut dialogue are earmarks of the title. If you were a fan of Rockstar’s L.A. Noire, this is definitely one to pay attention to.
Oh, and in case you’re a graphics snob, you have nothing to fear from this gorgeous indie title:
You could be forgiven for avoiding this untested, un-promoted title when it first hit the scene, but free is absolutely the right price to tackle this mystery title in March. Hell, you never know, your interest might even be piqued enough to grab Frogwares’ Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter when it drops later in the year.