Jack the Ripper (1987 video game)

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Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper Cover.jpg
Publisher(s)CRL Group
Designer(s)St. Bride's School, Jared Derrett
Platform(s)Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Genre(s)Text adventure

Jack the Ripper is a text adventure computer game designed by St. Bride's School and released by CRL in 1987 for the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum home computers. The game is based on the notorious "Jack the Ripper" murders in 1880s London.


A murderer is roaming the East End of London and the police suspect you of being responsible. The player must clear their name by exposing the real culprit.[1]


The game is a standard text adventure with static graphics in some locations to set the scene.


As with the earlier CRL adventures Dracula and Frankenstein, the game was classified by the British Board of Film Classification, receiving an '18' certificate for its gory graphics.[2] Because of this W. H. Smith refused to stock the game.[3]


Sinclair User:

The first game ever to receive an "18" certificate. Very literate effort from St. Brides, with 'gore' added by CRL.[4]


The game was produced using the Gilsoft Professional Adventure Writer.[5]


  1. ^ "Newegg – Shopping Upgraded".
  2. ^ BBFC rating of Jack the Ripper
  3. ^ "Whodunwat", Sinclair User, December 1987
  4. ^ "Jack the Ripper Review", Sinclair User, January 1988
  5. ^ "Jack the Ripper Review", Computer & Video Games, January 1988

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