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I would have loved to have something like this while growing up.  It is the kind of thing that is nice to come back to every once and a while and fiddle with.

Heather Swanson

7/10

Publisher: Marbles: The Brain Store


Designer: Taylor Pabst


Artist: N/A


Game Type: Wooden Puzzle


Initial Year of Release:


Age Range: 10+


Expected Playtime: as short or as long as desired


Number of Players: 1

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Theme and What is it?


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8/10

The Sherlock is a wooden puzzle game for one person.  The antique look to the game fits nicely with the Sherlock theme.  It makes me think of a time when people crafted wonderful intricate things out of wood.

Gameplay Mechanics


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8/10

There are many wooden beams in the box with notches cut in them in different places.  They must be inserted into the puzzle box in the correct order so that they all fit.

There are 52 challenge cards with answers on the back side.  They start fairly simple and become quite complex.

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Initial Impressions


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8/10

The box for The Sherlock is stellar.  It is so beautiful I wanted to dive right into everything.  I was intrigued by all the pieces nicely lined up inside.

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Game Build Quality


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8/10

I’m impressed by everything in the game.  The quality is really impressive.  I like the cards and how they have put the instructions in a cute pouch.

There is only one issue I have with the pieces.  They are very hard to hold and insert properly.  Once in the box they fit flush to the edges.  That makes it hard to guide it in straight.

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Artistic Direction


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7/10

There is not much art in the game.  It really is just on the exterior sleeve that goes over the box.  I like the Sherlock theme with the rising smoke from a pipe.  I also like that the front opening is like a magnifying glass.

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Fun Factor


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7/10

This is a brain eating game.  It is meant to stretch your spatial reasoning and your problem solving skills.

If you are up for a challenge and can handle the delicate nature of all the pieces fitting together perfectly this will be a game for you.  I found an easier way to solve the puzzles was by assembling the pieces outside the box and then learning what sequence they needed to go inside.

So maybe I’m a cheater?  That’s okay because these puzzles are tough.  Smarter not harder right?  It’s just that games that make my brains ooze out of my ears aren’t my cup of tea.

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Age Range & Weight


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7/10

The Sherlock is listed as a 10+ game.  I think this will depend on the kid.  My 6 year old loves doing the puzzles though he sometimes needs my help.

The mechanic of the game is simple to get.  Put all the required pieces into the box.  However, that is really difficult to do sometimes!  They are going to have to go in a certain order.

If you are a spatial genius this will be a challenge.  If you are an average Jane Doe like me, this is going to be brain busting.

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Conclusions


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7/10

The Sherlock is beautiful!  I love the components and the box.  This is the type of thing I want to set on my coffee table or on a shelf at work to display.

I would have loved to have something like this while growing up.  It is the kind of thing that is nice to come back to every once and a while and fiddle with.

This is not the kind of game I will sit with and replay levels I have already achieved.  However, it is so nice to look at I can see this going on display as a conversation starter.

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I would have loved to have something like this while growing up.  It is the kind of thing that is nice to come back to every once and a while and fiddle with.

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