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What Difficulty Should You Play Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened On?

Wondering what difficulty to play Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened on? This guide will help you choose the perfect setting to suit your gaming preferences and enhance your sleuthing experience.

To adjust the difficulty settings in Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened, navigate to the game’s settings menu and select “Difficulty”. You’ll be presented with three options: Young Detective, Master of Deduction, and Mycroft. Each difficulty level offers a different level of challenge and gameplay elements, as explained below.

‘Young Detective’ Difficulty in Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened

Young Detective is the default difficulty level, and while it might be seen as the “easy” option, it isn’t exactly the case. This setting displays interactivity icons, so you’ll know which objects you can interact with and which characters you can talk to. Additionally, you’ll receive prompts to visit the Mind Palace and Casebook, as well as notifications when you’ve collected all the available evidence. The Young Detective setting also allows you to skip lockpicking challenges if desired.

What the Young Detective difficulty option doesn’t do is hold your hand. Even on this difficulty setting, you’ll still have to figure out all puzzles in Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened yourself. It just makes it slightly easier to know when you’re on the right path.

Master of Deduction Difficulty

Master of Deduction is recommended for experienced players or those seeking a more immersive and challenging experience. In this mode, you won’t see interactivity icons, meaning you’ll need to rely on your intuition and observational skills to identify interactive objects and characters. You also won’t receive prompts for the Mind Palace and Casebook, nor will you be notified when you’ve gathered all evidence. Lockpicking challenges can’t be skipped, adding an extra layer of difficulty.

Mycroft: Customisable Difficulty

Mycroft difficulty mode allows you to customize all gameplay elements, tailoring the experience to your specific preferences. If, for instance, you want to make lockpicking skippable but would rather have interactivity icons turned off, this is for you.

It’s worth noting that there are no trophies or achievements tied to difficulty in the game, so you can still 100% the game no matter what mode you decide to play on. Whichever setting you select, you’re sure to enjoy unraveling the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened.

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Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.