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App description: A disappearing playboy. Laudanum. An undertaker's mute. It's all in a day's work for Sherlock Holmes - until Watson is kidnapped.

"Ink Spotters is, by far, the best interactive story app I have ever encountered." -BakerStreetBabes.com

Sherlock Holmes: The Art of Detection is a brand new kind of interactive graphic novel - and an Apple Store "Games We Love" Selection!

Written by NY Times best-selling author Sean Stewart, The Art of Detection has been created by some of the most brilliant minds in casual games. More than just a story, you will use your wits to follow Sherlock from Victorian high society to the seedy underworld of gaslight London.

READ IT
The Art of Detection reads like a comic except that every page is hidden but one. You come to that first page like a detective arriving at a crime scene. Your challenge: find the clues that will uncover the rest of the story.

PLAY IT
Getting started is simplejust type a word you think might lead to more of the story. You might want to learn more about "KATE" the tavern wench, find out who is lurking in the passing "CARRIAGE", or inspect the "BLOODSTAIN" on a ransom note.

Each clue you find unlocks another page, and brings you closer to solving the case!

DIP IN
The Art of Detection has more than 100 gorgeous panels to unlock. Do a couple between chores, or settle in for hours of entertainment. When you have uncovered the last page, youll have a beautifully illustrated adventure that's yours to keep forever.

THE GAME IS AFOOT!
The Art of Detection is the first of many upcoming releases from Ink Spotters, a new game publisher from interactive fiction pioneer Sean Stewart and casual gaming vets Ed Allard and Matt Scott (Feeding Frenzy, Bejeweled, Plants vs Zombies). Look for Sherlock Holmes: The Last Breath - coming soon!

Ink Spotters is, by far, the best interactive story app I have ever encountered, and the game feels like an essential part of the experience. Its not a comic book with a gaming element as an afterthought; its a full-fledged mystery game with a story as its reward.
-- BakerStreetBabes.com

Mixing the puzzles with the story made me feel like I was on the trail with Mr. Holmes himself! Deductive word-bending mystery solving at its best!
Graeme Devine, creator of The 7th Guest

A true innovation in graphic narrative. Ink Spotters seamlessly merge great stories with a format that empowers each reader to discover them in a unique way.
-- Jordan Weisman, creator of BattleTech, Shadowrun, WizKids and FASA.

Ink Spotters are both beautiful and addictive. Built by one of the best storytellers in the world, they will keep both experienced and first-time gamers entertained. Highly recommended!
-- Elan Lee, creator of Exploding Kittens

This app does not offer in-app purchases. All content is unlocked during gameplay.
02-14-2017, 08:27 AM
#2
Gameplay Impressions:

02-15-2017, 09:29 PM
#3
Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 741
Looks interesting. I will have to research.
02-16-2017, 03:24 AM
#4
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 377
Holy shit, I love Sean Stewart's novels--Galveston is simply awesome--and had no idea until now that he'd moved to gaming and IF. I just thought he quit writing much. Bought this with the quickness.

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02-16-2017, 11:09 AM
#5
This looks really interesting but is it fun to play
02-16-2017, 11:21 AM
#6
Just bought this and played for about 15 minutes. It's a really cool mash up of comic books, mysteries and it while making deductions is relatively easy from my initial gameplay, it is entertaining and enjoyable. It's well-crafted and unique presentation is worth the price of admission.


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02-16-2017, 11:44 AM
#7
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Originally Posted by ColeDaddy View Post
Just bought this and played for about 15 minutes. It's a really cool mash up of comic books, mysteries and it while making deductions is relatively easy from my initial gameplay, it is entertaining and enjoyable. It's well-crafted and unique presentation is worth the price of admission.
Seems simple from videos I watched maybe to simple for my taste Hopefully the difficulty ramps up Not sure tho It's one of the reasons (gameplay length also) on why I'm on the fence about the game Not too much about length tbut it being too simple will make the length of the game seem shorter in a sense lol If that makes any sense!?

Last edited by yankeeblue000; 02-16-2017 at 11:47 AM.
02-16-2017, 05:06 PM
#8
I just finished the game in under an hour. Very underwhelmed. They completely oversold the sleuthing aspect. You just look at the text (and sometimes visuals) of a single panel and try the different words to reveal other panels. I did not feel like a detective at all.


Last edited by AppUnwrapper; 02-18-2017 at 07:01 AM.
02-18-2017, 06:52 AM
#9
As far as the sleuthing aspect, I agree. However, the short story is very well written and illustrated and its presentation is top shelf.
02-18-2017, 02:49 PM
#10
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Originally Posted by ColeDaddy View Post
As far as the sleuthing aspect, I agree. However, the short story is very well written and illustrated and its presentation is top shelf.
A very, very short comic that didn't really feel like it benefitted from the out-of-order reading of it like Her Story does (I'm actually a little annoyed it's been compared to that, because that was one of the things that got me to buy it). And going by the game's description and App Store assets, I was looking forward to a genuine puzzle game, not just trying different words from a speech bubble. I literally got stuck at first on the tutorial, because I thought "CHEETAH" was a clue, not the answer. When the game said "try CHEETAH" I was like "wtf?!?" The game crashed on that recording so I started over. Otherwise you'd have seen my bewilderment.