Recently, I've been working on writing and programming a text-based Sherlock Holmes game. On Sunday, I officialy finished the demo, which covers Chapter One of The Valley of Fear.
Go ahead, click the link and play the demo.
Along with releasing the demo, I submitted it to the publishing company. They liked the idea behind the game, but they immediately put the project on hiatus. See, it turns out I have awful timing, and there's currently a huge lawsuit going on, over the rights to Sherlock Holmes. Until the courts make a decision, it's uncertain whether I have a legal right to use Sherlock Holmes as a character in a game, without paying royalties.
Right now, it's looking like these are my options:
1. Come up with a completely original game.
2. Try adapting a different, public domain book. Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, The Odyssey, Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, Hercules...I guess there are choices.
3. Continue with the game, only turn it into a parody starring Herlock Sholmes, the ridiculous detective.