Sherlock Holmes VS Jack the Ripper
An old style game
I bought this game in 2009 in the days before every game had a hint button . Yes it is difficult you have to work for everything .Some locations take a while to find but you can then use the map and jump there .It is a game that takes time, the story is adult and does have some graphic details but as you move along in the game you get a sense of achievement andthe best thing NO hidden objects scenes .
September 13, 2012
Complex game - not for the casual gamer or beginner
This review is based on the entire game.
I own previous Sherlock Holmes games, and they are all fascinating. Adventure games are all about the storyline. You have to pay attention to the characters and what they say. You have to investigate your environment and click on everything. You have to combine items in your inventory and then figure out where they should be used.
This game is no exception.
Here you are playing as both Holmes and Watson in different parts of the game. Women in the Whitechapel area of London are being murdered, and Holmes is investigating, but not with the official sanction of the police. This leads to a bit of sneaking around.
The mouse controls work fine. Need a hint? Press space bar, which will light up your hot spots. Listen closely to Holmes and Watson when they talk. Frequently, they direct you to where to go and what to do next.
I am not done yet with this game. I believe I am about 4 hours in, and I feel like it was quite a good buy. Don't let the negative reviews chase you away, as this is an excellent game.
Special note to the Holmes enthusiasts (I am one, just FYI) - There are a few spots where the dialog does not quite match what Holmes would say. Brush past them. The game is still a blast.
September 16, 2012
Amazingly Well-Done Mystery Adventure!
Who wouldn't love an interactive mystery movie? The writing is great and even amusing at times, the characters are interesting, the original story is terrific, and the voice-overs are thoroughly believable.
I'm sad to see the bad reviews of this game. It's true, this is not a cute little mindless game to be played on a coffee break or while waiting for cookies to bake. This is an in-depth story that requires a lot of attention and analysis of facts. As a real-life detective would, you will spend your time looking for evidence, scouting out locations, interviewing interesting characters, and making deductions to solve a murder. Expect to take up to an hour at one sitting; the game lasts for several hours.
This game is for a specific audience, and those who have played the other similar Sherlock games by this developer or the Agatha Christie games will love this episode. I found it slightly easier but more interesting than others I had played. I liked the multiple choice deduction board, timeline, and motive analysis tasks better than the tests that needed to be passed in "Silver Earring."
I'm disappointed to see this type of game falling away to HOAGs (ex: "Art of Murder," "Chronicles of Mystery," "Dracula: Origin," even "Hound of the Baskervilles") and hope there are more of these to come in the future. A true workout for the brain and thoroughly enjoyable!
September 15, 2012
Although after seeing a lot of negative reviews I had my doubts whether to try the game or not I decided to try. And it's awesome! This is the kind of game where you actually need to think for yourself, and listen/read the conversations.
Just by using a bit of the brain you can already figure out where to walk, what to do and that the yellow dot on the map isn't you.
This game has such a grim look - I love it!
September 24, 2012
Cracking game !
What a wonderful game. I felt I was walking the streets of London alongside Watson and Holmes. The legend of Jack the Ripper has long been a curious and unanswered one and I was interested to see how this explanation would pan out. I wasn't disappointed in the least.
I adore Adventure games that challenge your mind whilst at the same time keep you wanting to play long into the dark hours of night. The gameplay for me was just right, it took a little time to adjust to the controls of the game but once I had mastered them it didn't interfere with my enjoyment at all.
If you take time with this game and read all there is to find within dialogues, notes, letters and other documentation offered it makes you feel part of discovering who 'Jack' may be.
All in all a wonderful game that i would recommend to anyone who wishes to find a challenging adventure to immerse themselves in.
September 21, 2012
Love Sherlock Holmes, But Not This Game
The first thing that struck me about this game was the old school graphics. Considering this is a large file game created just 3 years ago, one would expect much better graphics. After I got past that, it then took me a good 40 minutes to re-assign new keys to the game's commands and read through instructions. You also need to decide if you want to play 1st person as Sherlock Holmes or 3rd person. Realistically, a 60 minute trial period is just too short a time to evaluate this game. After all, this is not one of those games you finish in 5 or 6 hours -- it will take days to complete.
Having read all the Sherlock Holmes stories and seen almost every Sherlock Holmes movie ever made, l didn't like the developer's portrayal of him. He looked like some sort of street thug. And the dialogue between Holmes & Dr Watson just went on and on, which was out of character for both men.
If you're a person who likes spending several days to finish a game, and you don't mind a lot of set-up & instructions on how to play, then this game is for you.
September 13, 2012
Sherlock Holmes: Lost in London
I had such high hopes. I loved Hound of the Baskervilles. This, however, isn't even a quarter as good. The visuals are stunning but the game play is stilted, no tutorial, no hints and after 27 minutes no puzzles. Everyone makes square corners when they walk. Just not up to the quality I've come to expect of Big Fish. You can play either 3rd person or 1st person. First person means you can play one of the 2 (Holmes, Watson) without the help of cues. Not even the 'walk this way' footprints.
It's a sad little game, if you can call it a game. Map doesn't even show you where 'you' are.
September 12, 2012
On the fence
I am totally on the fence with this one, I have a credit so I may use it. Navigation is confusing, my left - their left. I am truly not fond of 360's but at least you have the option. I just want to know "who dunne it" I have 35 minutes left on the trial and will give it another crack, I can't find the wallet..lol May start over. Although I would like to skip the initial murder, it was rather shocking right off the hop.
September 19, 2012
Not for everyone
This is my favorite type of game. And I thought the graphics and the puzzles were great since they moved the story forward. This is less like a game and more like an interactive novel. Since I get really bored with hidden object type adventures and those heavily influenced by fantasies of princesses and demons this was a really refreshing game. It isn't easy and there is no hand holding if you can't solve a puzzle you can't advance (no skipping) so I can see where it will be frustrating. There are a couple very good walk through areas online but it's too bad none are offered through Big Fish. If you liked Syberia you'll probably like this as well.
October 10, 2012
After reading some of the reviews I've noticed that the people who didn't like it either got queasy with the movement when they chose to play 'third person' which I didn't; or they hated it because they couldn't navigate around the screens.
Therefore - If you are thinking of purchasing this game, read the instructions first on how to find items and hotspots! It will save you a lot of time and frustration!! Let the mouse and spacebar be your friend :#
Be warned - this game is for Adults only - some of the scenes are quite graphic...
That being said - I loved this game. The puzzles were different and challenging and although I found often that I had to consult a walkthrough, there were times that I got through the chapters and challenges all on my own #nothing like a sense of accomplishment!#. The dialogue between Holmes and Watson went on and on sometimes so I skipped ahead and then re-read it back myself in the dialogue pages.
I agree the graphics of the characters could have been smoother and sharper - but considering the amount of movement they have it is amazing they looked as good as they did. The background/landscape graphics I thought were excellent... you could almost feel the undulating cobblestones of 19th century London and the tones of the scenes really set the mood. Well done to the developers - this is one game that I will definitely play again in time.
October 4, 2012