Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring (known in North America as Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring) is a computer game developed by Frogwares and published in 2004 on two CD-ROMs for Windows by Digital Jesters in Europe and Ubisoft in North America. While the game is "inspired by The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," it uses an original plotline — set in London in 1897 — and allows the player to investigate a murder as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson. A version of the game was also developed for mobile phones by Xendex, and released in 2006.
The second in the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series of adventure games developed by Frogwares, it was preceded by the 2002 game Sherlock Holmes: Mystery of the Mummy, and was followed by Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened in 2006. The game acts as a prequel to Mystery of the Mummy - despite being released two years after the earlier game, it is actually set two years earlier (in 1897 as opposed to 1899).
Holmes and Watson must investigate the murder of Sir Melvyn Bromsby at Sherringford Hall. Bromsby's daughter Lavinia is among the suspects.
The game's story and design is credited to Jalil Amr, based on an unpublished pastiche novel by Amr. Both sound and voiceovers for the English version are credited to Pteroduction Sound, Alexander Dudko, and Sergey Geraschenko. Unlike the English version however, the German voice cast is listed at the Internet Movie Database. Music within the game consists of compositions by Antonín Dvořák, Edvard Grieg, Robert Schumann, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
GameSpot gave the game 7.3/10. Their summary cited "interesting characters, an engaging plot, and beautiful graphics" though they cited a lack of puzzles and a "mystery where you don't actually solve the mystery." Further reviews were published by IGN, 8.3/10, GameSpy 3.5/5, while collected reviews can be found at Rotten Tomatoes and Game Rankings.
- Official Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring website by Frogwares
- Official Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring mobile phone edition website by Xendex
- 'Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring' at MobyGames
- Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring at the Internet Movie Database