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So I am very slowly working my way through SHCD - by which I mean I set about the first case in April, and have just completed case 2. I'm loving the game, its a masterpiece - but I fear I am terrible at it!

I play by myself, Case 1 I got -30 and Case 2 I got -40.

I'm assuming thats very much below average?
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Nope. The worst would be those of us (looking in the mirror) that own the game (binder edition I bought from a used book store in my teens) and have yet to play it for fear of proving that we are the worst detective. laugh
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PeterM2158 wrote:
So I am very slowly working my way through SHCD ....but I fear I am terrible at it!

I play by myself, Case 1 I got -30 and Case 2 I got -40.

I'm assuming thats very much below average?


In my experience, that's not very much below average! However, Case 2 was the one that my wife and I did the best in (a score of like +60 or something). The negative sign has not at all been, shall we say, "uncommon" in our other cases. whistle
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PeterM2158 wrote:
So I am very slowly working my way through SHCD ....but I fear I am terrible at it!

I play by myself, Case 1 I got -30 and Case 2 I got -40.

I'm assuming thats very much below average?


In my experience, that's not very much below average! However, Case 2 was the one that my wife and I did the best in (a score of like +60 or something). The negative sign has not at all been, shall we say, "uncommon" in our other cases. whistle


Good to know - thanks!
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You'll soon learn to skip the ludicrous scoring mechanism, and just have fun being a Detective!
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You'll soon learn to skip the ludicrous scoring mechanism, and just have fun being a Detective!


I always score because that is "what you're suppose to do" but you are right that it really can be skipped. I'm through seven cases and very rarely hit the positive score. I have a great time with it though and that's what counts.
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This is one of those games where you can totally ignore scoring and just enjoy the story and the process to solving the mystery. Enjoy!
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Lhowser wrote:
You'll soon learn to skip the ludicrous scoring mechanism, and just have fun being a Detective!


If you want to beat Sherlock, you need to skip so much fabulous story pieces that you paid all that money for! Our family play for around 3+ hours per case and just soak up the story - trying to get a decent score would ruin it.

And anyway, everyone knows that Sherlock cheats! whistle
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PeterM2158 wrote:
So I am very slowly working my way through SHCD - by which I mean I set about the first case in April, and have just completed case 2. I'm loving the game, its a masterpiece - but I fear I am terrible at it!

I play by myself, Case 1 I got -30 and Case 2 I got -40.

I'm assuming thats very much below average?

I can't tell you. It would be a spoiler. laugh

You don't need CSI proof, just a personal conviction. In the original, you got points for solving side mysteries; I don't know about the Ystari version. I'd suggest you write down your score when you think you know who did it, but keep playing. That way your score is comparable to the game goal, but you still get to play out the whole story.
 
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I don't really bother with the score anymore. I run down every lead I can think of, and gather as much information as possible (like an actual investigation). The Holmes that is presented in the game would be a pretty crappy detective, since he passes on obvious leads on what basically amount to hunches.
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The goal is to solve the case, the score does not really matter if you do not solve it. So assuming you have solved it, then the score provides a way to compare with the impossible ideal of Sherlock and others. Over time you hope to get better scores as you become a better detective.
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Thanks everyone.

Just so you all know my focus is definitely on the story and theme, thats what I'm all about. But it is nice to do some scoring at the end just to see how you've done roughly.

Thanks again.
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My score for case #1 was 85.

Well, negative 85, but, who's counting?
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We got -60 on case one, but beat Sherlock on case 2. I think we have a claim as the most inconsistent detectives.
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When we finished case 1 with 18 leads compared to Holmes' 4 we thought our score would be awful. But once we subtracted the freebies the difference was 12 for -60 then +140 for getting all questions correct. We were rather pleased/surprised we scored +80

Holmes' solution (no spoilers) more or less jumps right to the suspect without eliminating others. We did waste a few leads on dead ends but felt we had a better story experience and were 100% confident our suspect had the motive, means and opportunity to commit the crime.

Bring on case 2
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P_Pigly_Hogswine wrote:
When we finished case 1 with 18 leads compared to Holmes' 4 we thought our score would be awful. But once we subtracted the freebies the difference was 12 for -60 then +140 for getting all questions correct. We were rather pleased/surprised we scored +80

Holmes' solution (no spoilers) more or less jumps right to the suspect without eliminating others. We did waste a few leads on dead ends but felt we had a better story experience and were 100% confident our suspect had the motive, means and opportunity to commit the crime.

Bring on case 2

Excellent score!
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