Sherlock is a computerized version of logic puzzles, where you're presented with a series of clues that help you to
determine the exact locations of all of the images on the playing board. On the 6.0 version of the game, depending upon the puzzle size,
the playing board can have anywhere from 3 up to 8 rows of images and from 3 up to 8 columns of
images, 36 different puzzle sizes or types. (On the Pocket PC 5.0 game, the puzzles are all 4x4, 5x5 or 6x6.) Each row of the
playing board contains images of the same type (faces, houses, numbers, fruit, street signs, letters, etc). The computer scrambles the
locations of the items in each row (without showing you their locations) and then presents to you a set of graphical clues that
describe the positional relationships of different images. You use the clues to deduce where things can't be (and where they HAVE to be) until
you know where all of the images are located.
Additional Image Sets for desktop Sherlock 6.0
NOTE: The 6.0 images use a new, simpler layout format (in the bitmap files) than the earlier game versions, so these image sets will NOT be useable by any versions of Sherlock earlier than version 6.0!
Once downloaded, install them into the IMAGES folder of your SHERLOCK folder. For example, if you installed Sherlock in the default location of C:\EKS\SHERLOCK, then you would install these image sets in C:\EKS\SHERLOCK\IMAGES. The files in this section are EXE files, so once they're downloaded, just run them like any other program and they will unZIP themselves to whatever folder you specify (a dialog will prompt you for your preferred folder).
Additional Image Sets for desktop Sherlock 5.0
NOTE: These image sets can NOT be used by versions of Sherlock prior to 5.0, nor with the Pocket PC handheld version! They CAN be used with the 6.0 version, but MOST of them are included in the licensed 6.0 version (in the 6.0-specific format).
If you bought the licensed version on CD, some additional image sets were included. If you bought the licensed version online from the secure web page, only the default image set was included (to keep the download size from being any larger), and you may wish to download the following image sets. Once downloaded, install them into the IMAGES folder of your SHERLOCK folder. For example, if you installed Sherlock in the default location of C:\EKS\SHERLOCK, then you would install these image sets in C:\EKS\SHERLOCK\IMAGES. The files in this section are EXE files, so once they're downloaded, just run them like any other program and they will unZIP themselves to whatever folder you specify (a dialog will prompt you for your preferred folder).
ROBIN - The image set that some folks may be used to, from its original distribution in the United Kingdom, it spread all over the world. Originally created by Robin Nixon, this version has had images added by Everett Kaser (to bring it up to 8x8 from the original 6x6).
BDRFISH - A new set from Barbara De Roes just for Sherlock 5.0.
SHERXTRA - A .ZIP file containing all of the above image sets.
Additional UI Graphics for desktop Sherlock 5.0
To use the extra User Interface Graphics, you must unZIP the file into the UI sub-folder of your Sherlock folder (C:\EKS\SHERLOCK\UI by default). Then in the game, you bring up the Player-User Interface Graphics dialog and select the file of your choice.
Sherlock-Holmes-UI - a new User Interface Graphics file for use with Sherlock 5.0 (See also the associated IMAGES file above. For best effect, use them together!) (Nov 24, 2008)
Additional Image Sets - Sherlock 3.x & 4.x
NOTE: These additional image sets require the licensed version, the shareware version will not load them.
NOTE: These image sets can NOT be used by the 5.0 version of Sherlock, nor by the Pocket PC handheld version!
SHERIMG3 - This ZIP file contains 61 additional image sets for customers who bought Sherlock on 3.5" diskette, online, or are using an older revision of the game. ALL of the image sets in this ZIP are included when you buy the game on CD! (So if you've bought the game on CD, don't waste your time downloading this file.)
SHERIMG4 - This ZIP file contains 4 additional image sets for customers who buy Sherlock on 3.5" diskette or online. These images can NOT be used with older versions of Sherlock because they all use the newer format for image sets (which include small images), so only download this set if you bought the licensed version of Sherlock 4.0 (or above) on 3.5" diskette or online. If you bought Sherlock version 4.0 or above on CD, then you already have all of the images in this ZIP. Last updated April 25, 2000.
SHRIMGW3 - This ZIP file contains 15 additional image sets that are ONLY available via this web page. The image sets in this ZIP file can be used with versions 3.x and 4.x of Sherlock for Windows . They are not included with the game in any of its distribution formats. Also included in this ZIP is a CREDITS.TXT file that lists (to the best of my knowledge) the names of the people that created and/or modified all of the image sets that are available. If you spot any errors, please let me know! Last updated Jun 20, 2002 (added 52YEARS image set by Kris Cobb).
SHRIMGW4 - This ZIP file contains 2 additional image sets that are ONLY available via this web page. The images sets in this ZIP file are in the 4.0 Sherlock format and can NOT be used with 3.x versions of Sherlock (you must have the licensed version 4.0). They are not included with the game in any of its distribution formats. See the CREDITS.TXT file in SHRIMGW3 for information about who created what image sets. Last updated Jan 31, 2002.
Sherlock for Phones and Tablets
Sherlock is now available on Android and iOS phones and tablets, supporting puzzles in each of sizes 4x4, 5x5 and 6x6.
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The demo and licensed versions are identical, except that the demo version has limited numbers of puzzles, and the licensed version may have additional support files (like extra image sets). So, if the demo version works for you, the licensed version will, too. If the demo version doesn't work for you, neither will the licensed version.
Generally, you don't need to un-install a demo version before installing the licensed version. The licensed version will install right over the top of the demo version and use all of the settings you've already created with the demo version.
NOTE: You can not upgrade your licensed version by installing a newer demo version over the top of the licensed version. You would just end up with a demo version.