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Sherlock Holmes: Another Bow

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Bantam 1985
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: C64

Whole generations have been entertained and thrilled by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most popular character by now. 221b Baker Street has been turned into the museum of a person which never lived there and even never existed! And only because of the random (?) choice of an author who had no idea what he had just created. In fact, the character Sherlock Holmes is so well known that many people actually believe he is a historical character!


Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. I

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Icom Simulations 1991
Genre: Puzzle, Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

The game is afoot... Sherlock Holmes is back on the screen of your computer and he looks more realistic than ever.... because he was filmed. This is not only one of the first games to be released on CD at all, but also one of the first to actually use this medium (i.e. it isn't just a disk game copied on a CD). Quite a jump for Icom, who were known for text-based games (Deja Vu, Uninvited, Shadowgate and Deja Vu 2) before.


Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. II

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Icom Simulations 1992
Genre: Puzzle, Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

In spite of its limited gameplay, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective sold reasonably well, considering its status as one of the first CD-ROM exclusive games. A sequel was only a matter of time - and it did appear quickly.


Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. III

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Icom Simulations 1992
Genre: Puzzle, Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Icom's Sherlock Holmes series goes into its third (and final) round. Not much has happened in the one year since the first volume had been published; the gameplay is still exactly the same: Holmes investigates scenes of crime in London, questions suspects and witnesses and Dr Watson is of course immediately stuck in a rut.


Ship of Whimsy

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U.N. Owen 2011
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 0/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

So you're on a ship... occupied by a few cliché fairly tale characters. Who or what you are remains unclear. Which, as it turns out at the very end, is kind of the point (using the term 'point' in a very liberal way). You see, the ship is not quite ready to sail off yet. It's up to you to complete the preparations, as the rest of the crew is apparantely either lazy or incompetent.


Shufflepuck Cafe

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Broderbund 1989
Genre: Sport, Action
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

This is definitely one of the strangest games I've ever played! Not much action, not much thinking, not much change. But nevertheless not a bad game!
The point is merely to play a kind of airhockey in a pub. This 'sport' is a bit difficult to explain to those who've never seen it. But I'll try:


Shuttle: The Space Flight Simulator

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Vektor Grafix 1992
Genre: Simulation
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Shuttle is a detailed simulation. Let's look at those words carefully. "Detailed". "Simulation".

We'll start with "simulation". This software is an attempt to simulate the Space Shuttle. Like a flight simulator it tries to accurately recreate that machine in software. You typically get two types of simulators in computer software. The first is the Forza/Gran Turismo type of simulator where, sure, cars and tracks have been measured with lasers to within a micron of their lives, and some people will play them with a steering wheel and pedals, but most will just use a gamepad. And that's fine, because mostly they are just about having fun.


Siege

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Mindcraft 1992
Genre: Strategy
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

If it had been released just a few months later, it would have been labelled 'real time strategy'. Mindcraft was lucky to have been spared this curse, because it would have done their game an outragous injustice, because although the words themselves would even have been appropriate, they would become associated with a particularly bland, limited formula which Siege did not fit into.


Silent Hunter

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SSI / Mindscape 1996
Genre: Simulation
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: PC

Silent Hunter takes place in the times of the second world war in the Pacific. As the commander of an American submarine, it is your task to send as much enemy tonnage as possible to the bottom of the ocean.


Silent Service II

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Microprose 1990
Genre: Strategy, Simulation
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Amiga

A very mature Amiga game. Looking at its theme, it's obviously not aimed at the same target audience as the endless flood of Jump'n'Runs, but on the other hand, it's also not some ultra-realistic simulation which would scare most people off.



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