Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper (EU) Reviews

  • thirtysmooththirtysmooth213,052
    19 Jan 2011
    30 2 6
    I love point & click’ers. I spent much of my youth playing these types of games on my old Amiga 500+. The only pain with point & click games on the Amiga was the fact that it came on 5000 floppy disks. Having to change the disk every 5 seconds, then having to wait 5 hours for each disk to load used to be a royal pain, but it still wouldn’t deter me from playing. From Monkey Island and Indiana Jones & The Fate of Atlantis on my Amiga, to Myst and Phantasmagoria on the PC, I played a hell of a lot of them. The prospect of playing one on the Xbox 360 had me frothing at the nether regions! Ok, so both the Monkey Island games have already been ported the Xbox Live Arcade, so it isn’t exactly a new concept for the Xbox, but still I had to check this game out. I had a Sherlock Holmes point & click game on the PC similar to this game and it, again, was trying to figure out murders from a certain “Jack the Ripper”. That game was awesome! But boy was it tough. Many a late night did my old man and I spend trying to figure out that game.

    Anyway, let me get away from all this nostalgia and concentrate on Spiders latest attempt. One of the first things I noticed about this game is the voice acting. Wow. Words fail me at how bad it is. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson aren’t bad, albeit Sherlock’s voice is damned annoying. I encounter a child “informer” in the game who doesn’t sound remotely like he’s from London. It’s like he’s been raised by a confused American/British retard. Imagine how an American would sound if he tried to mimic a “Cockney” Londoner and you have your result. Don’t get me wrong I kind of liked it. Purely for the fact of how damn funny it is. I just wish he was in the game more.

    Pressing on, the game is actually pretty decent, although it is very hard. Some of the puzzles are insane! It’ll take you a fair while to figure out what you’re supposed to be doing, but once it clicks you’ll have it done in no time. Obviously there are plenty of guides and walkthroughs out there to help you, but that takes away the challenge and the enjoyment. Beware though, some of these puzzles will have you screaming in frustration. Many a time did I have to disappear for a smoke to calm myself down.

    Now I hate being stuck in games, wandering around aimlessly not knowing what to do or where to go next. Thankfully Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper will tell you where to go next by way of Sherlock blabbing, for example, “We need to go to the Police Station”, although this isn’t always true. Sometimes you’ll go to a certain place and not know what you’re supposed to do, but isn’t that the whole point of a murder-solving game?

    I could ramble on all day about this game, just purely for the love of the genre, but I won’t bore you poor readers who have read up to this point. All in all, it’s a decent game which has a few creases that could have done with ironing out, but even Monkey Island had it’s flaws and that is the greatest game in existence. Argue with me all you like, but it’s a fact. For all you point & click lovers out there, give it a try, even if it’s out of curiosity.
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    GammyGreenGiant@confused shelf....they blame a jew
    Posted by GammyGreenGiant on 20 Jan 11 at 10:16
    porschephiliacI would love to get my hands on a EU copy of this game.... anyone willing to lend it to me for a few days?

    Great review BTW - and the voice acting is horrible!
    Posted by porschephiliac on 20 Jan 11 at 20:14
    beets101Good review I agree some of the puzzles r rock hard I had to check a quide, its a shame the ta ratio is not good.
    Posted by beets101 on 21 Jan 11 at 00:23
  • SashamorningSashamorning2,287,405
    18 May 2011
    27 4 0
    I picked up Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper not only on the promise of an easy 1k, but also after noting that it was developed by The Adventure Company, creators of the outstanding PC game Syberia that was released several years ago. The game itself is a rather typical puzzle-based one, a port from the PC, although the story itself is quite compelling, and the game is worth playing for that reason alone.

    I should note up front, however, that the game may be a bit gory and brutal for some players.

    The name of the game is a bit of a misnomer. The name "Jack the Ripper" doesn't even appear until quite a bit into the adventure, and while you might expect to find Holmes pit against Jack in some sort of test of wits, the reality is that it is primarily a detective game on the part of Holmes. Through the course of the adventure, the renowned Holmes must solve puzzles, deduce conclusions from clues, and yes, act as the occasional errand boy in order to obtain information from who wants this-or-that done. (Thankfully, the menial tasks are primarily confined to the early parts of the game.) Also, the puzzles themselves decide the difficulty of the experience; there is no way to die, although you might find yourself stuck on a puzzle.

    Some of these puzzles can be quite challenging without the use of a walkthrough. While I would suggest avoiding them (as they really are the meat of the game), those wanting to move through the story on its own may be frustrated at certain points. Such is is the nature of puzzle games as a rule.

    Thankfully, even though the game is a port, the controls on the whole work well. The game highlights places that you will need to examine if you are close enough, and so by simply investigating scenes you should find all of the relevant clues. You have the choice of playing in third-person view, but I found first person much easier to navigate in terms of selecting particular items (with the exception of one certain puzzle involving a watering can, where I found third-person to be rather unavoidable).

    The graphics, on the other hand, are rather horrid. Toward the end of the game, I encountered a glitch that caused certain camera angles to jump and shake uncontrollably. Luckily those were infrequent. On the other hand, the game is not about the graphics, but the puzzles, and the graphics are tolerable.

    All of the achievements are easily available through a single runthrough. With the exception of four of them, all of them are story-related. (You would be well-counseled to look through the achievement list if you are hunting, as you won't be able to achieve these once you've moved to another scene, and have to restart the game.)

    In the end, the story is well worth the playthrough, although perhaps only once. Unless you really like Sherlock Holmes, the game is really worth only a rental (but well worth that rental).

    4 stars... the graphics and voice acting are sub-par, but the story, puzzles and easy achievements more than compensate.
  • XantiriadXantiriad170,618
    31 Jan 2011 31 Jan 2011
    4 4 0
    Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper take its design from a combination of a puzzle game and a point and click adventure. Played from either a first or third person perspective, you take control of both Holmes and Watson as you investigate the gruesome Whitechapel murders of 1888. The story, characters and events are largely based on facts, and the resolution is entirely plausible. Though-out the game you'll be solving a variety of logic and deduction based puzzles which are cleverly woven in the story.

    Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper is not without it's flaws - including some terrible voice acting and loose controls - but it proves to be both a entertaining and fascinating game.