Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper
If you're not crazy about horror games, you'll like this murder mystery, which doesn't dwell on the more gruesome details surrounding the murders. Instead, you're invited to review the evidence against five men who are suspected of the crimes.
Graphics are mostly good. Objects are period-appropriate (no cell phones in Victorian London). You have a choice between timed and relaxed mode. It's straight-up HOG - no gathering of objects to unlock scenes - with a few mini-games interspersed. You can skip the mini-games.
The game was evidently written by a British writer, so while the English is correct, Americans might be occasionally stumped by a British term for an object. Some objects are superimposed over others, so you sometimes have to be precise with clicking or click twice to find an object.
February 19, 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyed this Hidden Object Game. It is a straight HOG with a few puzzles thrown in (the same ones repeated). You do revisit scenes and sometimes you have to find the same items as previously but none of that ever bothers me in a game. I've played it right through on relaxed mode and I'm looking forward to replaying it in timed mode.
I'm really not sure what the reasoning is behind having to find all of the fingerprints as you don't seem to benefit from doing this - although this added extra bit of play is always a bonus for me anyway.
It doesn't tell you, and I didn't realise until half way through the game, that there was something else you could look for, for which you did earn extra hints if needed.
March 1, 2012
interesting review of historical evidence associated with Jack the Ripper
in this historical hidden object game, you join Professor Francis Galton and Sir Melville Magnaghten as they seek to identify London?s infamous Jack the Ripper. you help collect and review evidence and use new (at the time) forensic techniques such as fingerprinting and blood tests.
graphics: lovely. detailed. time period-appropriate items. the scenes were very well designed and nicely rendered, no junk piles anywhere, just lots of optical illusions so it was surprisingly difficult to find some of the items on the lists. in addition to the hidden objects, each scene had a policeman's badge hidden in it, which adds a "clue" (hint) to your hint meter, and five fingerprints, each of which gives you extra time (30 seconds?), although i may be misremembering the precise time per found fingerprint. static cutscene scripts provide context, review the evidence and develop the story.
music and sound effects: music was appropriately delicate and melancholy and sound effects were appropriate as well. but overall, the audio aspect of this game was always in the background, quiet and very un-intrusive. no voiceovers.
storyline: no ghosts, no gore and for the most part, no movement. this game takes place in London?s East End in 1889. it is a static game that presents and reviews the historical evidence for each of five men suspected of being London's infamous Jack the Ripper.
my interaction: one hour demo, untimed rookie mode (this game also has a timed detective mode).
fans of history or of hidden object games will enjoy this game since it's a straight HO with a few very easy puzzles thrown in for variety.
June 11, 2012
Well, I had a sick day off and loved it~! This game took me 6 hours, and cooked soup,etc. as I played.
I really enjoyed it, the music was just right for the game. This was really a great game for HOG players. And some easy puzzles too.
Love history and this really stuck to the facts about Jack the Ripper. So glad I didn't live back in those days~ dark and cold, some hidden objects were very hard to find, but lots of hints if you need them.
I do have a small lap top and kinda blind too~ that might have contributed too!
I have to play this game again, at the ending you will see why~! hehehe!
February 22, 2012
loved the game and its very informative in some ways a good way to learn some things about jack the ripper
February 6, 2012
A "Cut" Above the Others
I've always been interested in the Ripper case, and this game seems to stick to the facts. It was very well done. It was both fun and informative.
March 29, 2012
I only played the one hour preview and while the graphics are great and the storyline is amazing (anything surrounding this historical true tale is great) it proved to be more difficult than it should have been because it was written in UK dialect.
That is okay since I spent much of my childhood in the UK and as an adult I do enjoy listening to some BBC radio online, but I am no expert so some of the listed items were difficult for me, especially the ones pertaining to Cricket (a sporting game they have in the UK and Europe).
This game is predominantly hidden object which is great news for HOG purists like myself.
Of course, because it is about one of the most prolific serial killers in history, it is a little dark but it is not gruesome.
The reason I chose to not buy this game is simply because today I am in the mood for something much lighter in topic and scenery. I do plan to purchase it some other time, though.
October 16, 2012
A good storyline just couldn't save this game
I love reading about the different theories as to who Jack the Ripper was. That's what drew me to this game. I have always been fascinated by the Ripper murders.
Sadly, the story just couldn't save this game. There were two levels, and I played on the advanced level. That meant that every HOS and puzzle I played was on a timer. I didn't like that. In the HOS you could collect up to 5 fingerprints which would add 30 seconds to your timer for each one, but that didn't help. You were required to find a lot of items on the list, and in some cases, I didn't know what I was looking for. What is a truncheon? What is a tankard? By the time I figured it out, I ran out of time and had to start the scene over. And every time you click on the wrong item you lose 10 seconds off your timer.
There were a few puzzles, but this was mostly a HOG. The puzzles were mostly easy, but there were a couple of challenging ones....Challenging mainly because of the timer.
If you don't like games that are mainly HO, then you won't like this game. This is more suited for beginners.
I don't usually play these games all in one sitting, but even so, I can judge the length of a game pretty well. I started this last night and finished not long after I woke up, and my opinion is that it is very short.
The story is good though. As you play, you collect information on the different suspects. At the end, you get to choose which one you think did it. That was really cool.
All in all, I think the developers had a good thing going with the story, but they just fell short in its execution into a game.
August 8, 2012
Hated this game. Some of the objects were so tiny they were almost invisible, and getting a -10 second penalty for every wrong click is harsh. 30 Seconds are added to the timer for every finger print found - if you can find them! And it was the same hidden objects to find over and over again, and matching pairs.
Storyline involves the same old 'suspects' as are always brought out, although there is no real evidence against any of them #in reality#.
Wish I hadn't wasted a credit on this rubbish.
March 17, 2012
A bit boring
Sorry but I found this a bit boring, it just seemed to be the same page after page, then it crashed my computer, twice, that made my mind up not to buy it.
May 3, 2012