Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Sherlock Holmes Game

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.

9 comments:

Rana Ozturk said...

But Herlock Sholmes is in Arséne Lupin books!

GameOverTown said...

I haven't played a Sherlock Holmes game since 2003, when the Mystery of the Mummy came out

Anonymous said...

You should do The Odyssey

Anonymous said...

Michael, you're writing a game?! That's awesome!
…Sorry it's on hiatus. But on the subject of a new game, maybe Wizard of Oz? You made it pretty clear in your Emerald City Confidential lp that you're a pretty big Oz fan. :)

Sparksbet said...

I vote for a parody! Humor tends to be your strong suit.

Miriam said...

Pride and Prejudice would be awesome! :D
Have you seen the Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube?

Anonymous said...

Ooh, is this for Choice of Games? They're so much fun!

Paul said...

Perhaps a fictional game based on an historical figure? I can think of one...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln

Anonymous said...

Parody. You're great at writing stuff like that.