Secret of the Silver Earring is a breath of fresh air. Too many adventure games of late have lamely aped the well-worn formula of the Myst games without capturing the true Myst mystique. The Secret of the Silver Earring doesn’t rely on someone else’s formula, but instead confidently does its own thing, albeit with mixed results. This adventure puts you in the shoes of the brilliant Sherlock Holmes and his indefatigable assistant, Dr. Watson, as they try to solve a startling murder. The game features interesting characters, an engaging plot, and beautiful graphics, yet it’s an adventure with few puzzles and a mystery where you don’t actually solve the mystery.