"I need something"
This has become a running joke between my girlfriend and me...because this Holmes rattles it all the time.
Though the Silver Earring has come to age by now, it still is a fine game to consider if you are looking for a riddlestruck adventure that needs to be taken serious.
There is no way (except with walkthrough's) that you might come to the conclusion of this nicely constructed case by any luck.
On the contrary. The deductions you have to go through and Watson's sketchbook of your encounters with different characters are quite substantial. I even have to say here that the presentation of all that which has to be remembered is not presented to the player in a very helpfull laid out way, as you have to search some remarks, you just happen to remember by luck, quite often...but again, it teaches you to look and listen closer the next time.
The games moves quite slowly as the dialogues are profound and realistic. The story is nicely constructed but the overall Sherlockian theme and atmosphere of an estate of the 19th century in which this case mostly takes place is still falling short by very scarsely placed objects "forgotten" by the graphic engineers. For Pete's sake it is a click-adventure so get us some more to look at!
There is a huge party going on in the game...where are the people!
Yes again, one might jump to the defense and say...hey it's an elderly game...they did their best...
and he would be absolutely right.
Forget its drawbacks on character- and picturesque density and enjoy the story and the riddles!