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First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

KMGR of "Sherlock Holmes Classic Cases"

UK - London - Marylebone: The Great Detective ...Image by wallyg via Flickr
While the name says Sherlock Holmes, and the stories are adapted from some of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, the game is actually a "find the differences" and "find the hidden objects" game, where you need to locate the differences or all the objects named without spending too much time at time.

The locations do match up with the various stories somewhat, but this is pretty much just like another game I've played recently, on the PC, also with Holmes and Watson, also with finding hidden objects and/or differences. Thus, I am afraid I am not too impressed with the genre.

At least the objects are rather obvious, not totally hidden away, though sometimes disguised well enough so you don't pay them too much attention.

There are three cases and a tutorial built into the game (the individual case files needs to be downloaded and may incur additional bandwidth charges). Supposedly more cases will become available for download later. The three cases now are based on three of classic Sherlock Holmes stories, like "The Read-Headed Society".

Each case is composed of multiple puzzles. Once you have solved the case, you *could* download the ebook of the case as well... if it fits in your phone. Apparently the game publisher forgot to double check if those will actually FIT in the phones being played, because they sure don't fit in mine. Attempt to download it gave me an "out of memory" error and dumped me out of the game, and the game is corrupted and cannot be run ever since.

The graphics are rather detailed, and view area is larger than the physical screen (move to the edge of screen to scroll). However, there are way too many objects onscreen and picking out the right one can be a challenge.

If you enjoy the genre, it's not a bad adaptation of some classical property, but it really had very little to do with Sherlock Holmes or any sort of mystery.

Overall rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: easy to understand, hints available, ebooks if you can read them
Cons: nothing really do with with mystery or Sherlock Holmes, corrupted my game upon loading the e-book.
Verdict: not a bad adaptation of the genre, but major disconnect between theme and game

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