Sherlock Holmes Versus Jack the Ripper

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Sherlock Holmes Versus Jack the Ripper
Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper Cover.jpg
European cover art
Developer(s) Frogwares,
Spiders (developer) Xbox 360
Publisher(s) Focus Home Interactive
Series Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Xbox 360
Release date(s) FRA 20090430April 30, 2009
UK 20090524May 24, 2009
NA 20090526May 26, 2009
EU 20090528May 28, 2009
AUS 20090609June 9, 2009
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Sherlock Holmes Versus Jack the Ripper is an adventure game for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360, developed by Frogwares. It is the fifth game in the Sherlock Holmes series of adventure games developed by Frogwares. The game takes place in the London district of Whitechapel in 1888, the historical site of the Jack the Ripper murders.

Following the remastered version of Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened and Sherlock Holmes versus Arsène Lupin, Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper offered the ability to play in a third-person perspective in addition to the first-person perspective. The French version of the game was released on April 30, 2009.[1] The English version was released on May 24.


The game is set in the late Victorian period, a time at which the British Empire was at its peak. As the première world power, the United Kingdom was a model of wealth, yet Whitechapel was the capital's most squalid neighbourhood. Within its boundaries lived some of the country's poorest inhabitants including alcoholics, beggars, prostitutes, as well as a large community of Jewish immigrants fleeing Eastern Europe's ever growing anti-Semitism. In this terrible hole of misery, tens of thousands of people lived crammed within a maze of narrow, dank and dirty streets. In those streets, between 3 April 1888 and 13 February 1891, a series of horrifically violent murders occur. It is within this sinister and faithfully rendered setting, that Holmes must investigate, track and apprehend Jack the Ripper, thereby solving one of the greatest mysteries in criminal history.


The player can play from a first- or third-person perspective as Holmes or Watson. Holmes and Watson arrive to inspect each crime scene after the murder takes place, giving the player a close-up look at Jack's work.

Each crime scene allows the player to reconstruct what happened, taking the pieces of evidence and linking them together until forming a conclusion. For instance, when examining the body of Annie Chapman, the player discovers pertinent clues such as blood on a fence, bruises under the right side of the jawbone, and a bloated tongue, which allows the player to deduce that the victim was killed while lying down after being choked with a left hand. These deductions are chosen from pulldown lists.

The player is also required to solve mysteries at Holmes' famous 221B Baker Street flat, a process which involves combing through dialogue and documents to establish murder times, before developing detailed theories about why the murders are being committed. The player pieces together torn-up notes, assembles objects, and takes on sliding-block challenges.


Sherlock Holmes: Famous consulting detective who lives in 221b Baker Street with his loyal friend Dr. John Watson. Holmes' methods are unique and he must put all of his exceptional powers of deduction in this case.

Doctor John H. Watson: A doctor and Holmes' best friend. He will do whatever is possible in order to help his friend catch Jack the Ripper.

  • Jack the Ripper: The serial killer who strikes at the sinister district of Whitechapel. He kills prostitutes with no mercy and mocks the police, and is regarded both as a madman and a genius.
  • Francis Tumblety: An American doctor who happens to be in London at the time of the murders, known to dislike women in general.
  • Walter Sickert: A painter who frequents the local brothel where the Ripper's victims were known to have worked.
  • Jacob Levy: A butcher with a poor reputation due to past misdeeds.

James Hardiman: A poor man who makes a living by selling meat for cats.

Lucy: One of the prostitutes at the local brothel.

Bella: Madam of the brothel where Lucy works.

Big Danny: A large and rather grotesque woman, willing to offer help in exchange for gifts.

Doctor Gibbons: The doctor at the Whitechapel clinic.

Finley: The landlord of a boarding house in the Whitechapel district.

Barnes: Newly acquired bookstore owner.

  • Thomas Bowyer: A rent collector who discovers the body of Mary Kelly.

Isaac Solomonovich: A Jewish cobbler.

Abraham Solomonovich: Isaac's cousin who owns a pet store.

  • Tom Bulling: A journalist.

No pity Bluto: A thug, briefly encountered at the Wasp's nest pub.

Squibby: A ruffian accused of the murders.

  • Israel Schwartz: A Hungarian Jew who briefly witnesses victim Elizabeth Stride been attacked.

  • Character existed in real life at the time of the Ripper murders.

† Although the Baker Street Irregulars are a figment of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's imagination, such children would have existed in the Whitechapel district.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 62.66% (17 reviews) [2]
Metacritic 73% (26 reviews) [3]
Review scores
Publication Score C-[4]
GameSpot 7.0 of 10 [5]
GamesRadar 6/10[6]
GameZone 7.5/10[7]
IGN 8.0 of 10 [8]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[9]

The game received mixed to positive reviews from critics, but its mechanics and gameplay were heavily panned.[10] Reviewers negatively commented on the way the player gathers clues in the game, as they must first run errands from the police.[11]


  1. ^ Information about the French version of the game
  2. ^ "Aggregate score". Game Rankings. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Aggregate score". Metacritic. 
  4. ^ "Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened Review for Windows from". Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  5. ^ "PC review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper review, Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper Review, PC Reviews". Games Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  7. ^ "Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper review, Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper Review, PC Reviews". Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  8. ^ "Xbox review". IGN. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  9. ^ Boxer, Steve (12 May 2011). "Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper – review". Guardian. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  10. ^ "Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper". Gamespot. 1 March 2007. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper". Gamespot. 1 March 2007. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 

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