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Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper (Windows)

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3.7
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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (9 votes) 3.7


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100
Adventurespiele
"Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper" ist eines der düstersten Abenteuer des berühmten Detektivs. Der dunkle Schatten, der sich über das Elendsviertel Whitechapel gelegt hat, wurde von Frogwares nicht nur grafisch hervorragend eingefangen. Sound, Rätsel, Grafik... einfach alles ist ein Genuss. Auf Grund der Bilder und Fantasie anregenden Soundeffekte schließen wir uns bezüglich der Altersfreigabe der für Europa gültigen PEGI-Wertung an. Die Umsetzung der Story fesselt den Spieler bis zum Ende und selbst dann hätten wir noch gerne weitergespielt. Frogwares hat sich sehr viel Mühe gegeben, bekannte Fakten zu Jack the Ripper zusammen zu tragen und sie in ein grandioses Spiel umzusetzen. Wir hoffen sehr, dass es schon bald ein neues Sherlock Holmes Adventure von Frogwares geben wird, denn dieses Entwicklerstudio hat sich zum Sherlock Holmes Experten entwickelt und in diesem Fall auch zum Experten für Jack the Ripper.
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Adventurearchiv
Für mich stellt dieser Teil der Holmes-Saga den bisherigen Höhepunkt dar, auch wenn er Hardcore-Adventure-Spielern vielleicht zu leicht erscheinen mag. Das Ermittlungskonzept wurde vollständig überarbeitet und bietet einen Einblick in die forensische Ermittlungsarbeit des sterbenden 19. Jahrhunderts. Die Story ist durchweg spannend, auch wenn die Entwickler gegen Mitte des Spiels in andere Handlungsstränge abzudriften drohen. Die Story ist bei weitem nicht so vorhersehbar wie noch beim letzten Teil.
85
Adventures - Kompakt
Sherlock Holmes jagt Jack the Ripper ist ein solides Detektivadventure mit Schwerpunkt auf der kriminalistischen Tätigkeit. Die realen Ereignisse der Rippermorde werden vor allem bei der Lösung geschickt mit dem fiktiven Detektiv verknüpft. Solide Grafik und Vertonung im Verbund mit dem verbesserten Gameplay sorgen für sehr gute Adventureunterhaltung.
83
Adventures United
Allerdings muss angemerkt werden, dass an dieser Stelle auch mit der Trial&Error-Methode gearbeitet werden kann, sollte einem ein Hinweis mal entgangen sein. Grafisch bietet das Spiel gewohnte 3D-Locations in ansprechender Umsetzung, die wahlweise aus der 3rd-Person oder der 1st-Person-Perspektive erkundet werden können. Das Spiel kann grundsätzlich über ein reines Point&Click-Interface bedient werden, erlaubt optional aber auch eine Steuerung über die Tastatur. Damit werden praktisch alle Vorlieben bezüglich der Perspektive bzw. der Steuerung abgedeckt und gerade für 3D-Adventures ist dies sicherlich wegweisend. Soundtechnisch bietet das Spiel dezente Hintergrundmusik und gelungene Sprachausgaben im Rahmen einer einwandfreien Lokalisierung. Insgesamt ist das Spiel besonders für Anhänger von investigativen Adventures und natürlich für Fans von Sherlock Holmes empfehlenswert.
83
GameBoomers
Much of what makes this game good is present in these few opening scenes. The characterisation, the story driven nature of the proceedings, the graphical detail, the ability to build and convey a period that was essentially a clash of cultures, albeit only streets apart. So too the cinematic perspective used in the cutscenes and the crafted repartee. They are not all good all of the time, but they come together to provide a strong and sometimes compelling adventure.
82
Game Captain
Die Rätsel machen insgesamt Spaß. Insbesondere die kriminalistische Arbeit kann trotz kleinerer Schwächen motivieren. Ich finde es prima, wenn ich in einem Krimi-Adventure Hinweise sammle, hieraus schließlich Schlussfolgerungen ziehen darf und auf diese Weise einen Spielfortschritt erlange. Für Krimi-Fans ist das neueste Abenteuer des britischen Meisterdetektivs aber dennoch eine klare Empfehlung und kommt gegenüber dem Vorgängertitel Sherlock Holmes jagt Arsene Lupin in allen Bereichen stark verbessert daher.
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Game Over Online
Overall, Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is a nice enough adventure if you’re interested in the Jack the Ripper murders. The game stays true to the facts (even introducing real suspects like John Pizer and Francis Tumblety), it makes the investigation fun and believable, and it even presents a reasonable theory about what happened and why nobody was ever arrested. But if you play adventures for the puzzles, and you don’t really care what links them together, then this might not be the game for you. But for me, the positives outweigh the negatives, and Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is a worthwhile purchase.
80
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Nevertheless, Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is undoubtedly the best entry in the series. It does justice to both the character of Sherlock Holmes and the actual horrific historical murders of Jack the Ripper, and makes for an interesting if gruesome investigation. With smart puzzles and gameplay that makes you feel that you are actively constructing a profile on a murderer, and solving one of history's greatest unsolved mysteries, the formula of the series is condensed into a very enjoyable package. Some presentation issues and a little too much busy work bring down the game slightly, but Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is still worth a look for any adventure game fan, or anyone else interested in either famous character.
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IGN UK
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. Fans of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous consulting detective will have a blast rooting out all the Holmes references and in-jokes while adventure fans will be pulled along by the compelling story and varied range of gameplay.
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ComputerGames.ro
Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper comes to fill an increasing void which adventure fans had been feeling lately. I cannot classify this as an exceptional title in any aspect, but neither can I find it excessively mundane. The story is interesting, the quests are logical and the puzzles, while sometimes frustrating, are full of imagination. But although the game’s qualities are indisputable, I wasn’t really impressed. Maybe because I was too pissed off over some puzzles, maybe because Holmes’ voice seemed unbearable or perhaps I am expecting with too much enthusiasm a new surprise from Lucas Arts. But for the rest of you adventure fans or for those who have ever dreamt themselves detectives, Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper should not be missed.
77
Adventure's Planet
Che i Frogwares fossero una delle software house più interessanti e sperimentali sulla piazza lo si sapeva già. Che qualcosa non funzionasse nei loro titoli, probabilmente a causa di una certa inesperienza di fondo, era ancora più evidente. La tendenza a collezionare più bassi che alti sembra però essersi definitivamente invertita con questo “Sherlock Holmes contro Jack lo Squartatore”, gioco certamente non perfetto ma che, nel complesso, ‘funziona’. Dopo aver incasellato la seconda buona avventura consecutiva (in seguito a “Dracula: Origin”), la casa ucraina può finalmente camminare a testa alta, confidando di poter presto raggiungere quel pizzico di maturità in più (in particolare quella narrativa) per sfornare il - sempre più vicino – capolavoro.
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Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Общение общением, однако все же не им единым. Разномастные головоломки по-прежнему отнимают добрую половину умственных потуг, и связь их с делом значительно теснее, чем раньше. Правда, добросовестности авторов не хватило на полноценное расследование, и мы нередко примериваем роли дегустатора, курьера или, того пуще, ветеринара. Обежать весь Уайтчепел в поисках палки для старика? Ничего, мастер детектив, справитесь. Отсортировать духи для проститутки? Запросто. И уж как бросить несчастного котенка на произвол судьбы, когда ему грозит опасность! Мадамы подождут. Вдобавок к узаконенной линейности добавили навязчивую услужливость Шерлока, твердящего, куда и зачем стоит сейчас пройтись. Порой чувствуешь себя посыльным, вынужденным по первому зову нестись в нужное место под тягучие мотивы из колонок. Побольше саспенса, поменьше предсказуемости — и Frogwares придет к идеалу. Кто там следующий на очереди? Уж не Сонька ли Золотая Ручка?
75
Jeuxvideo.com
Sherlock Holmes peut tirer sur sa pipe avec fierté car son retour se montre fort convaincant après un décevant Arsène Lupin. Si on excepte une stagnation visuelle synonyme de graphismes dépassés, l'histoire et surtout le gameplay remanié font de cet opus un des meilleurs de la série. Plus souple, plus agréable à suivre, plus inquiétant que jamais, le jeu se veut plus accessible tout en ne se mettant pas à dos les fans de la première heure. Bref, le détective amateur en sort grandi et le public se réjouit. Que demander de plus ? Un meilleur moteur graphique ? Certes mais ceci est une autre histoire.
75
GameZone
Adventure games have seen a resurgence, and there have been several Sherlock Holmes games these last few years. Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is a decent adventure game with a lot of historical nuance, and one that most will enjoy. Better integrated puzzles and more thoughtful clue finding missions would improve the overall quality, but what is here is still fun.
74
PC Games (Germany)
Mein letztes Sherlock-Holmes-Abenteuer war Das Geheimnis des silbernen Ohrrings und liegt damit mehr als vier Jahre zurück. Eigentlich hatte ich erwartet, dass die Nachfolger einmal mit deutlich besserer Grafik ausgestattet werden, aber Pustekuchen. Zugegeben, London sah damals nun einmal dreckig, düster und wenig farbenfroh aus, aber einige schärfere Texturen hätten der 3D-Ansicht definitiv nicht geschadet. Das Adventure punktet mit spannenden Ermittlungen, die aber durch manchmal eher nervige Minispielchen unterbrochen werden.
73
GameStar (Germany)
Frogwares Spiel mag grafisch relativ dröge daherkommen, und Whitechapel hätte wirklich lebhafter gestaltet werden können. Trotzdem habe ich gerne mit Holmes und Watson dem Ripper hinterhergeknobelt, weil das Spiel mich prima für meine Untersuchungen belohnt. Dass der Doktor dabei nicht nur Zierde für Holmes ist, sorgt für eine gelungene Abwechslung zu den Vorgängertiteln, auch wenn sich die beiden Protagonisten im Kern sehr ähnlich spielen. Aber Doktor Watson hat eben beim Besten der Besten gelernt.
70
Adventure Gamers
Still, this game is a case of one step forward, two steps back for the series. Whilst major improvements have been made over past entries – the excellent graphics, the two control options – the new theme doesn’t entirely gel. It might sound like a good match to pair up the most notorious villain of the Victorian era with the most famous literary detective, but it just doesn’t fit with the series’ gameplay smoothly, and is strangely limited in terms of plot, feeling very prosaic and small-scale. Even with some of the unnecessary digressions, the main investigation is definitely enjoyable, however, and well worth playing if you like the series or the characters involved here. 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.
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GameSpot
Your enjoyment of Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper likely depends on how much you appreciate story over substance. Anyone who has read about the serial killer's gruesome crimes will find it just about impossible to put down the retelling of this dark era of London's history. At times, it really feels like you've stepped into the Jack the Ripper investigation. But anyone who favors innovative adventure gaming might find that the quests and puzzles are a little too orthodox.
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2404.org PC Gaming
The honest truth with Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is that I got bored very quickly and was frustrated by many of the often secretarial and impractical puzzles. I think it could have been so much better if Frogwares would have at least kept up the sense of urgency. There was at least a couple of times where Holmes would explain to Watson that they needed to return to their headquarters on Baker Street in order to think things over for a couple of days, immediately deflating the tension. This is a $20 game and does come off as being more than just your average value title, though. Unfortunately, I would only recommend this to the adventure gamers that love puzzles and believe fans of the series will probably be disappointed.
65
Impulse Gamer
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. However it partially makes up for this with a decent story and interesting murder solving puzzles. The game is an interesting one, but one that I can’t fully recommend due to its niggling flaws. However this is one of a number of the games in the series so they must be doing something right. Although they also made multiple Big Momma’s Houses, so volume doesn’t always equal quality. Frogwares have made a half decent game that could be a hell of a lot better. Hopefully the next adventures can clear up a few of these issues.
60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is an encouraging combination of typical adventure gameplay mechanics and innovative new additions, and it brings together two of the most notable figures in the history of crime (both real and fictional). But the good in the game is almost ruined by major design flaws, several of which have survived through previous games in the series. If Frogwares can fix these problems (primarily the mouse lag and the ponderous pacing), they will have finally succeeded in producing what was once thought to be the impossible: a point-and-click adventure that’s fun to play from beginning to end.
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Adventure Classic Gaming
In all, Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is a hard game to recommend. It is also a hard game to dismiss.