Hunting the Ripper

Player Rating7.06/8

"#30 overall, #3 for 2015"
based on 230 ratings since 05/23/2015
played 5,717 times (finished 237)

Story Difficulty6/8

"wandering through the desert"

Play Length7/8

"It keeps going and going"

Maturity Level7/8

"anything goes"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 18. If this were a movie, it would probably be R.

"Jack the Ripper is dead / Jack the Ripper is dead / He's lying on his bed / Bleeding through his head / Jack the Ripper is dead" - A Victorian Children's Skipping Rope Song.

Death stalks the fog-shrouded streets of London as prostitutes are killed and mutilated in the darkness of the night... As a Private Detective working alongside Scotland Yard you will be faced with the most challenging adversary of your career, a man who's very name has become a byword for terror: Jack the Ripper. Are you smart enough to catch him?

BEWARE: This game is 200+ pages long and will take about 30-60 minutes to read through. Do not read if operating heavy machinery, juggling chainsaws or entertaining small children.

Author's Note: This story will require some thinking and the reader might want to make notes, though with a bit of cleverness and logic readers should be able to correctly identify the real Ripper. About 95% of the information in this story is historically accurate.  Finally as you'd probably guess a story about hunting someone who killed and mutilated prostitutes is not a feel-good family comedy, if you are under 13 I don't recommend that you read this. Certainly do not google "Jack the Ripper victims" if you suffer from nightmares :D

Player Comments

Very good story. It's quite a long read so you guys better be prepared to memorize things, or at least jot them down because you're going to have to retrace some steps to figure out who the killer was. It's pretty well written but I have noticed some typos and grammatical errors, but they're not too abundant. In fact, I can't remember the last one I saw, but it is pretty clear and concise.
-- Dynamism on 10/8/2015 11:06:50 PM with a score of 1
First off, thank you for writing this. I learned a whole lot here, having previously been aware of only the broad strokes of the case; the killings of course, the fact that the police were awful at their jobs, and that there was at least one other serial killer out there complicating matters further.

The criticism I had of one of your other games being kind of a dry historical retelling happily doesn't apply here. The detective we play feels much more proactive and involved with events, but not so much that his personality overshadows the narrative...which is probably for the best when inserting a fictional character into real, detailed historical events that their actions can't be allowed to dramatically change.

And there was SUCH an impressive amount of detail in this thing. Step by step, interviewing witnesses, searching for clues in the victims' belongings, chasing down leads and trying to figure out what was or wasn't useful information...and then the exhaustion after false witness after false witness kept piling up. (Most of them OBVIOUSLY not the Ripper, so I'm with you on really not understanding what the police were thinking...sounds like they would have happily tossed out all evidence and knowledge of his MO if they could pin the killings on any random lunatic or foreigner and be done with the whole thing...also getting James Kelly handed to them on a silver platter and just letting him stroll away lmao. Lewis Carroll being a suspected serial killer at one point was also news to me!)

Being such a realistic historical piece I did find the constant use of casual, modern language a little strange...more than anything I would have expected everyone to be talking like they were out of a Sherlock Holmes story. But with this being such a huge project already I can understand perfectly why you wouldn't want to add that extra difficulty onto writing it.

I feel like I have a pretty decent understanding of the events now thanks to this, but I'll definitely be grabbing one of the books you mentioned at the end and looking more into this. And I appreciate you putting so much emphasis on who the women were as really is sad how in every situation like this the monster is remembered and obsessed over while his victims are almost instantly forgotten.
-- mizal on 5/23/2015 11:04:39 PM with a score of 1
This is quite possibly the most educational game I've ever read; it's clear a great deal of research went into its creation. The mystery aspect is also quite good, presenting a tremendous amount of information and clues, while allowing the player a good deal of latitude in interpreting what is or is not germane to the investigation. Minor quibble: the predominant piece of evidence alluding to Jack's identity is an addition of the author.

If I had to identify an area of improvement; like many educational works it lacks characterization. The player character is defined solely as "Private Detective" and even Abberline exists mainly as a vehicle of information distribution. It's much more a deduction game than a true story.

Overall, an amazing addition to the site.
-- Sethaniel on 5/23/2015 11:06:51 AM with a score of 1
I rarely rate a story an 8. But I had to here. I love historical settings. I love infamous cases. I love unsolved phenomena. And I love great story telling. Your cases up front were a bit tedious and showed little deviance. But they set up the tone of investigating perfectly. The writing was above average with just a few spelling errors. I recommed this story very much.
-- Fleshnblood_78 on 7/1/2017 3:17:44 AM with a score of 0
This story is amazing! Well written and thought out, I appreciate how much effort is put in.
-- LoonyLunara on 6/29/2017 8:29:40 AM with a score of 1
Well-thought out, great detail, and beautifully executed. The story piqued my interest; I couldn't help but look at different pictures from wikipedia about the suspects and victims.
-- Carlakor on 5/7/2017 9:44:26 AM with a score of 1
Great game and very interesting
-- travis on 2/3/2017 10:02:41 PM with a score of 1
This story kept me on edge, and had lots of different routes to take. I do wish, that reputation was more than just a score. Regardless, this story game was very lovely and compelling
-- Zulutrader on 1/19/2017 11:37:56 AM with a score of 0
Nice story loved it
-- CeruleanFlare on 12/21/2016 6:41:22 PM with a score of 1
Excellent. A little long-winded but quite enjoyable. I highly doubt you'll regret playing and learning. Great job!
-- Quorrah on 12/17/2016 10:53:37 PM with a score of 1
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