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221 B Baker St.

DOS - 1987

Also available on: Apple II - Commodore 64

Alt names
221B Baker Street, 221B Baker St.
Released in
United States
Adventure, Strategy
Board / Party Game, Detective / Mystery, Licensed Title, Platform, Puzzle-Solving
Datasoft, Inc.
IntelliCreations, Inc., Pacific Softech Inc.
Side view
3.7 / 5 - 10 votes

Description of 221 B Baker St.

221B Baker Street is a solid computer version of an underrated board game of the same name, which is similar to Clue! but with more challenging cases and innovations that evoke the feel of Holmesian London. As in the classic board game, up to 4 players first choose their alter egos from main characters in the classic series, including Holmes himself. Players then take turns travel through Victorian London gathering clues and solving mini-mysteries such as The Coded Message, The Clerk's Demise, and The Nettlesome Bride.

Like its board game counterpart, 221B Baker Street is full of innovative features. For example, you can use a Scotland Yard badge to seal off a site you've already visited, and use a Skeleton Key to unlock any location in the game. The mysteries are all quite short, but more involved than those in Clue! although the goals are similar (i.e. you must deduce the killer's identity, the murder weapon, and motive).

There are 30 mini-mysteries in the game, although they don't differ that much from one another. Still, with a solid user interface, bright, attractive graphics, and a large number of cases appropriate to the era, 221B Baker Street is a very faithful reproduction of the board game that sleuths of all levels will enjoy. Thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

Zlazz 2016-04-22 0 point

I've forwarded Casebook 1 for this game - not much fun and nearly unsolvable without it. Also a large EGA map and the separate locations. Never found Casebook 2 or the media to run it.

zorkman 2015-06-19 0 point DOS version

Thanks for uploading the manual, as it enabled me to play the game, which was very good.

admin 2015-01-16 1 point DOS version

@heather: added the manual, compiled from the picture of an Atari site. Should work!

heather 2015-01-15 0 point DOS version

I am trying to find a copy of the manual somewhere. It is hard to solve the crime when the case files aren't given.

Bunch 2013-02-27 0 point DOS version

CGA graphics man, nothing better than this ! ;)

Amon 2012-07-11 0 point DOS version

The sprites in this game look ugly. I expected better from the legendary Pacific Softech Inc. This game is a truly disappointing experience.

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