Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Deduction and Suspense

Sherlock Holmes

A Game of Deduction and Suspense

Whitman - 1980
3 - 4 Players; Ages 8 - Adult


In Sherlock Holmes a diamond has been stolen and the detective Sherlock Holmes must discover who has done the crime. There is a single counter representing Sherlock Holmes and the players take turns moving it about the board.

The game is played on the board and with a deck of cards. Each cards has a picture of one of the suspects on it and there are two cards for each suspect. At the start of the game one player shuffles the cards and places one face down in the middle of the board. The remaining cards are then dealt out to the players.

Whenever a player lands on a picture of a suspect they must show any cards of that suspect. If they land on an "investigate" space they can examine a card from another player's hand. And, if they land on the "Scotland Yard" space then all players holding pairs of cards (two cards of the same suspect) must show them. Other spaces have special events on them which cause players to exchange hands and the like.

Play continues until one player thinks they know who the culprit is. They announce their choice and check the card in the middle of the board. If they are correct they are the winner. Otherwise they are out of the game and play continues until someone makes the correct guess.


Sherlock Holmes is a variant of the game Clue. The object is to figure out which card is in the middle of the board. Since there will be two cards for every suspect in the player's hands except for this one the idea is to figure out which card doesn't have a match in another hand. The game could have been done as a pure card game but revealing cards based on the movement on the board adds to the randomness of the game. Interesting.

This game was authorized by the Arthur Conan Doyle estate.

5 comments on Sherlock Holmes:

Lawrence at March 2, 2014 12:00 said:
I have one that is brand new
Laura at October 4, 2013 19:57 said:
Does anyone know where I can buy the game or replacement cards?
Scarce at May 6, 2009 19:45 said:
I received this game for Christmas in 1980 or 1981. I was either 10 or 11 years old. Through the years the game was stored. 27-28 yrs later I now have 5 children and I brought the game home for my kids from the storage room at my mother's house. They love playing it and ask to play it every day. It warms my heart knowing that they love the game as much as I did when I was a boy. I still love playing the game and friends that come over like to play the game as well. I wish I could get another one brand new though...or an updated version that could have more than 4 players.
Watson at December 27, 2007 03:52 said:
We have played this game as a family - our little girls and their friends loved it, and now some twenty years later they played it at a Christmas reunion and seemed to enjoy it just as much!
Anonymous at December 22, 2007 08:43 said:
i think that this game looks very fun. i like clue too.

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