Jack the Ripper PC

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
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  1. Like a bad movie you have to see through to the end, Jack the Ripper will keep you in your seat right up to the disappointing conclusion.
  2. I honestly do wish the developers spent more time polishing the game, because the game is buggy at times, and could’ve used some more animations, but beyond that I really liked the atmosphere, and even started caring a bit for some of the characters.
  3. 78
    The story is intriguing and engaging. While more puzzles would be expected for games of this style, there are enough to make it a game and the plot is enough to push you through the tale.
  4. 75
    The few puzzles in the game are quite easy, and most experienced gamers will barely even be aware of them.
  5. It comes to be what the public expects from the Adventure Company. The quality is there from the previous titles, but so are the flaws.
  6. PC Gamer
    61
    Adventure fans could find worse ways to spend $20, but the game's emphasis on storytelling with few engaging puzzles may leave some wishing this tale had more involving interaction. [May 2004, p.75]
  7. Jack the Ripper is a mixed bag. I was disappointed because the graphics are so enticing making the gameworld real and tangible but there isn't actually a great deal to do.
  8. The game had potential written all over it and showed a lot of promise, but somehow it never quite made it to that point—the point where it could be deemed a "good" game.
  9. Cheat Code Central
    60
    There are a few technical glitches and overall the production suffers a bit but it can be an interesting romp for mystery lovers.
  10. It's too easy, the controls stink, the game is not engaging and it's too short.
  11. The worst news is that, by the end of the game, the creators of Jack the Ripper betray their game’s best feature: its story. The game’s conclusion is a utter boondoggle, meaning all of the information you’ve so painstakingly gathered means absolutely nothing.
  12. The real problem here is that unchallenging puzzles, certain technical glitches, and somewhat tedious gameplay may even turn away bona fide aficionados of the genre, and, sadly, dishearten even the most devoted of fans with a rather disappointing and frustrating ending. And there's just no excuse for that.
  13. The developers spent a lot of time creating a really engaging story, but they hardly put any substantial gameplay into the game.
  14. While the story is reasonably intriguing throughout the first part of the game, it becomes a jumbled mess in the later stages, and then completely falls apart in the end. It’s also a bit on the short side – the average gamer can expect to play through it in just a few hours, and there’s zero replayability.
  15. There is almost nothing good about the game, and, in fact, it’s one of the rare games I’ve played where I actually got mad at the ending. So if you notice some extra venom in this review, it’s because I’m writing it right after finishing the game.
  16. Four Fat Chicks
    40
    And like a boring dinner party, as the game wrapped up I found myself relieved that it was finally ending. Except ... well, the game did indeed stop, but as for a satisfactory ending ... you can decide for yourself.
  17. Computer Gaming World
    40
    Even if you tolerate Ripper's lack of interactivity because of its swiftly paced, absorbing story, the game's anticlimactic, unsatisfying finale will leave you feeling as frustrated as those original London police were back in 1888. [May 2004, p.89]
  18. Generally a frustrating and unrewarding game, with the ultimate anti-payoff. I can't even sincerely recommend it to even the most ardent Ripper historian.
  19. Computer Games Magazine
    20
    Said crimes are only marginally more heinous than this bug-ridden, empty, lifeless, un-engaging, shoddily designed excuse for an adventure game. [July 2004, p.69]
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 20, 2015
    5
    This is a disappointingly average expansion and a missed out opportunity overall. The story is hardly interesting and barely fleshed out. TheThis is a disappointingly average expansion and a missed out opportunity overall. The story is hardly interesting and barely fleshed out. The only new mechanic introduced is a fear system in which evil using a mix of hallucinogenic bombs, spikes, and the Indian version of iron knuckles to scare enemies into running away.There are "new"activities that are just reskins of the ones present in the main game. Gameplay is still fun but,strangely enough I experienced more glitches than in the main campaign. The screen would temporarily freeze while driving a coach and activities would reset for no reason at all. In the end I can't recommend this at its full asking price and give it a five out of ten. It's not terrible but it's not great. Full Review »