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The lost files of sherlock holmes has got to be one of my favorite murder mystery games. Of course, that is probably because of the story, as the thought of the worlds greatest detective matching wits with the worlds greatest villain is intriquing. That, and I have always been a fan of murder mysteries.
In this 1992 game by Mythos Software you play as Sherlock Holmes and his friend Doctor Watson as they investigate the brutal murder of an actress behind London's Regency Theatre. Scotland Yard seems to think that the murder was committed by Jack the Ripper as the entire murder stinks of his handiwork. Holmes, of course, thinks differently. The task in the game is to find out if or if not this the work of Jack the Ripper and catch the culprit.
The gameplay in the game is quite fun and some of the puzzles can be quite difficult. One of puzzles requires you to play a game of darts in order to learn some information. Careful examination of everything and using anything will, like many adventure games, lead you in the right direction.
All in all, this is a game that mystery and adventure game fans should really play.
As far as technical problems with the game, it will not work without DOSBOX. To play the game you should run the Holmes batch file. Many users have reported issues running the game with the latest version of DOSBOX (ver. 0.74) these problems were solved by simply using the previous version (ver. 0.73) available from the DOSBOX website.