The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - An affair of the heart
Chapter 5 is out now!
Play as your version of Sherlock Holmes in this romance detective game!
Make an enemy of a friend and a lover out of an enemy. Solve the case of boredom. Have a pet bird—and best of all, play as a romantically and emotionally stunted genius detective!
Explore London in the late 1800s
Solve murders, hunt criminals, and possibly catch a thief
Have fun adventures and tender moments with characters you know and love
Form deep relationships, whether they be friendly, antagonistic, sexual, or romantic
Choose your Sherlock’s name, appearance, personality, and vice
Play as a man, woman or non-binary
Romance men, women, or both
Demo link: https://dashingdon.com/play/dionapersson/demo-the-adventures-of-sherlock-holmes---an-affair-of-the-heart/mygame/
The demo is around 140 000 words—and I would guess ≈ 40 000 per playthrough?
The character creator is extensive. I recommend skipping it and choosing a preset character if customisation is unimportant to you.
The possible relationships
John/Jane Watson - Dependable, kind, and loyal—a partner and a friend. The human embodiment of a golden retriever.
Gregory/Grace Lestrade - Sexy workaholic grump with a poorly hidden heart of gold. Will make sure you get home safe.
Irene/Irwin Adler - Charming scoundrel, clever schemer, and colossal schmuck. The flirty and fun rival of the century.
Hamish/Helena - This terribly haughty person of illustrious personage needs your help with a case. The gentleman/woman of your unachievable dreams.
Roleplay however you want, change up your personality depending on the situation or your mood.
*Personality stats are only for roleplaying purposes and won’t lock you out of content. The four skill stats are for investigation and action purposes (are introduced in chapter 3). They are primarily static, and depending on logical or illogical use can affect gameplay.
The next update
Ch5 — quite soon on patreon!
The story and demo are subject to change. Foreshadowing is hard.
Feedback is very welcome.
It could be that you dislike a word I use somewhere—or everywhere. A sentence you find very unclear. An error. A place where you would like more or different choices. An idea of something to add to the character creator. A paragraph that is too long or too short. I would love to know. Please share your thoughts.
Specific feedback and questions (read only after having played the demo)
Ch 5 questions:
- How do you feel about L now?
- How is your MC doing?
- How do you feel about the buildup of where we are now and where you think we are going?
The books are now in the public domain in Europe and the USA!
Warnings: Alcohol, mentions of drugs, mentions of eating disorder / binge eating, mentions of self injurious behavior, gambling, mentions of smoking, cruelty, swearing, murder, blood, death, pain and suffering, mentions of abuse, unstable or unhappy mental states / depression. And 1800s era behaviours and dialogue which might be inappropriate for today. (if you think I missed any, please let me know!)
Some art I made in photoshop of the characters:
Paintings of the characters (only the men done so far)
//The paintings are one of many of my own “headcanons”, but certain features—like skin colour or ethnicity—won’t be expressed in the game so that people can build their own idea of the characters. If your ability to imagine the characters in a way that you would prefer is hindered by seeing them illustrated then I suggest you do not click on these.