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Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Gripping but gruesome mystery, appropriate for older teens.

Game Windows , Xbox 360 2010
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Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper stands out as a different and original mystery game, thanks in large part to its realistic note card system of organizing clues. You look at the things you've learned, line them up, and deduce what comes next -- it's deductive thinking at its purest. The story itself is very engaging and will truly leave you guessing. The voice acting is (mostly) well done and there's a nicely created atmosphere of fog and dread. The many different methods for finding clues -- suspect interviews, magnifying glass inspections, crime re-enactments, and walking around looking at things -- keep you from ever losing interest.

Mature mystery lovers should enjoy and appreciate this deep, nuanced, and intellectually challenging game. It's a shame that developers watered down some aspects of it in order (I assume) to avoid an "M" rating, especially since the game still feels too disturbing for younger teens.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Windows , Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Dreamcatcher
  • Release date: May 4, 2010
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: T for Mild Blood, Mild Language, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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