Developer of the long-running Sherlock Holmes series of games Frogwares has announced that its 2006 detective meets Cthulhu mashup Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened is heading to iPad this year.
When there's something strange in the neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? How about a snooty and effete English detective with a weakness for floppy hats, violins and good old fashioned cocaine abuse?
Actually, "something strange" doesn't even begin to cover the neighbourhood happenings which pique the interest of the World's Greatest Detective in this follow-up to Frogware's 2004 Holmesian outing, The Secret of the Silver Earring. There's more than a mere murder plot afoot, as Baker Street's finest is embroiled in a globe-spanning plot involving none other than Cthulhu, the indescribable primordial demon-god that looms so menacingly in the works of Howard Philip Lovecraft.
That's not the only startling development in the world of Holmes, as The Awakened adapts the old point-and-click adventure template into a full 3D world and first-person viewpoint, much like the forthcoming Penumbra: Overture. You still scour the scenery for clues, and initiate conversations with NPCs but, by freeing the player from the restrictions of two-dimensional dioramas and letting you wander around actual locations, the immersion and atmosphere so vital to a tale of unworldly dread is immediately heightened.