Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. 80
    In spite of some mediocre voice acting, a bit of wooden animation and a strangely out of character climax, Sherlock Holmes Versus Jack the Ripper is a fascinating re-imagining of the Whitechapel murders.
  2. Using logic and brainpower to deduce the facts is great fun, and the game is surprisingly entertaining.
  3. If you have ever had an interest in Sherlock, Jack the Ripper or detective stories in general then this is a solid game with some great puzzles that will entertain for days.
  4. Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper is an excellent game for those who like to solve a wide range of different puzzles.
  5. With its truly melon tweaking puzzles and the real life references to the acts and clues that were found during the real life investigation into the Jack the Ripper murders, Sherlock Holmes manages to cross from fictional to factual in a believable way.
  6. The pacing isn't perfect, and some elements will leave you befuddled, but the twisting narrative holds up to the end.
  7. The game is okay for adventure fans but it suffers from bad visuals and clunky controls.
  8. Despite the lack of truly compelling gameplay and any kind of replay value, I would still recommend this game due to its rewarding and involving crime and puzzle solving elements, and obviously, because of its strong story.
  9. Some people would dismiss this as a dull, slow paced historical game – but they would be missing the point. This is a perfect representation of the Holmes world, mixed in with one of the greatest unsolved cases of our time.
  10. 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.
  11. At the end of the day, Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper won't appeal for the mass majority due to the genre the game is imitating, however if you were a fan of the point and click adventure game genre, then you've come to the right place.
  12. Despite the evident technical limits, this was an entertaining game with an interesting mix of first person view and point-and-click gameplay. If you're missing the old graphical adventures you could evaluate buying it, maybe at budget price.
  13. Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is a game with a good story and some great puzzles, but it lacks some very elementary features.
  14. It has a good story, well-made since the beginning until the end, and both the main character and the nemesis are charming. There is no greater satisfaction for a private detective than to find who is Jack the Ripper.
  15. Fans of the books will love it, and we wouldn't dissuade anyone else either. [Issue#54, p.89]
  16. Morbid investigations of murders compete with bland adventure-game staples in this uneven adventure game.
  17. Unpolished. [July 2010, p.78]
  18. Sherlock Holmes vs. The Jack Ripper is an enjoyable title that is let down by basic flaws such as the controls and unnecessary objectives in the story mode.
  19. It's clear that amidst all of the glaring and unforgivable problems of Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper, Frogwares does have a grasp on mystery fiction, however tenuous it may be.
  20. Surprisingly compelling fare. [Feb 2010, p.90]
  21. There are flashes of brilliance, but this graphic adventure lacks some very elementary features.
  22. Feb 7, 2011
    With an online guide opened and at the ready, the frustrating aspects of the game can be avoided and it becomes easier to enjoy, but I don't count a good game one where I have to constantly cheat in order to play it without throwing my controller into the television.
  23. This one's probably best left undetected. [Feb 2010, p.108]
  24. If you want a detective story that's told in an interesting and thoughtful fashion, there's always Phoenix Wright and Sam & Max. The folks on Baker Street just ain't what it used to be.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Aug 12, 2014
    This game is a stain on the Sherlock Holmes name. It's boring, it's wooden, it's just flat out awful. Awful graphics, awful voice acting, and the game is extremely hard. No, not the puzzles, the navigating! It feels like you're in a never-ending labyrinth of cobbled streets. While it may explain the ripper killings well, they should've just made a fictional crime. Don't buy this game! Full Review »
  2. Mar 17, 2011
    This games puzzles are not very hard..the accents & sound effects are very ps1ish but it sucked me in and i quite enjoyed should be able to pick this up cheap don your deerstalker and give it a whirl.....if you dare.... Full Review »
  3. Nov 15, 2010
    Good game, is is the only adventure game for the console; waiting for "Gray Matter to arrive"
    The graphics aren't superb and is a clear PC
    port, but the game entertains you while palying Full Review »