GI: For fans of adventure games, Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper is a bittersweet experience that capitalizes on the genre’s strengths without fixing any of its decades-old problems. The outdated visuals and unpolished gameplay won’t win any new fans for the genre either, but beneath the title’s bargain-bin production values and hit-or-miss puzzles lie a solid mystery befitting the moniker of Sherlock Holmes.
Holmes and Dr. Watson are attempting to uncover the identity of Jack the Ripper, the notorious killer terrorizing London’s impoverished Whitechapel district. Players can switch between third- and first-person perspectives on the fly, investigating and using surrounding objects to solve puzzles. The sub-par graphics and early fetch quests disappointed me initially, but the story picks up after a few hours, and the evolving mystery motivated me to continue.