Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
Buy On
  1. The Victorian era's greatest fictional sleuth takes on its most infamous real-life villain in an adventure that alternates between generic and gripping.
  2. It doesn’t advance the adventure genre very far beyond tradition, but hunting a vicious murderer and solving puzzles along the way is mostly satisfying.
  3. Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper is a good graphic adventure, full of funny gameplay Sadly, the technical aspect is poor and feels some 10 years old, but if you can live with that, a good storytelling and plenty of exploration and problem solving will keep you busy.
  4. PC Gamer
    53
    The game starts explicitly telling you the answers to questions mere moments before asking the questions. [Oct 2009, p.79]
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    70
    There is no other comparable work then to hunt for the Whitechapel butcher. At least all of the videogames, books and movies are still far far ahead. This great game is pulled down by boring investigation and routines not related to the main story. [July 2009]
  6. Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is not without its shortcomings. Some of the puzzles make you want to hurt people, some of the acting and writing is laughably bad, and its poor 3rd person controls are incredibly annoying.
  7. It may look a bit dry and Whitechapel could have been filled with more life, but it's fun to hunt Jack the Ripper with both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Watson is more than just a sidekick this time, even though both heroes are played quite similar. The best Sherlock Holmes game from Frogwares so far.
  8. PC Zone UK
    58
    It's just not good enough and, crucially, makes Holmes and Watson do things they just wouldn't do in the books. Which is, at the end of the day, the biggest flaw. [Apr 2010, p.89]
  9. Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is an unexpectedly sedentary and thoughtful game, and it’s far from bloody awful, if not quite the ripping good yarn it could have been.
  10. The game is okay for adventure fans but it suffers from bad visuals and clunky controls.
  11. Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is a good adventure with a motivating story, exciting investigations, mostly decent voice action and an atmospheric world. The game suffers from it's wooden animations, its linearity, poor 3D controls and some really annoying minigames and puzzles though.
  12. Puzzles slay the sense of urgency and tension as quickly as the killer does people.
  13. Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper is a well constructed adventure, but the necessary linearity and dependence on following a pre-established timeline do hinder the overall effect of the game and rob it of much of its suspense.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Feb 28, 2012
    10
    If you enjoy games such as Dear Esther, then you will enjoy Jack the Ripper. Frogwares did a great job on the atmosphere of this game. A wellIf you enjoy games such as Dear Esther, then you will enjoy Jack the Ripper. Frogwares did a great job on the atmosphere of this game. A well told narrative, interesting characters and an overall atmosphere that genuinely conveys the horror of the time. If you play adventure games to savour the atmosphere, then Jack the Ripper will not disappoint. Full Review »
  2. May 24, 2012
    10
    Best adventure game i ever played. Normal adventure will let u slove some silly puzzle and most of them r no connection to the story. But thisBest adventure game i ever played. Normal adventure will let u slove some silly puzzle and most of them r no connection to the story. But this one different, many of the puzzle r reasonable and will have player to think abt the case, just like u r the detective to deduct the crime scene. The atmosphere is also a great job, u will feel that u jus in the time 1888, and even some of the historical suspect include in the game. NPC and the street not so 'detail' bcos it is not sand box game like GTA or Elder Scroll etc, so u hav no reason to complain it. And finally it gave a good conclusion to the killer and his motive. If u r very enjoy playing adventure game and not some fastidious person, this one will surely not disappoint u. Full Review »
  3. Nov 25, 2011
    7
    Good points: Fun and interesting gameplay, varied puzzles, good atmosphere and story. Graphics very reasonable considering it's not a very bigGood points: Fun and interesting gameplay, varied puzzles, good atmosphere and story. Graphics very reasonable considering it's not a very big games company.

    Bad points: Comically bad acting, badly synced dubbing, subtitles occasionally contradict what was actually said, puzzles in general too easy (though not all).

    Worth it if you get it cheap and like adventure games, provided you don't expect too much, there's certainly some fun to be had.
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