Hunting the Ripper

Player Rating7.13/8

"#23 overall, #3 for 2015"
based on 349 ratings since 05/23/2015
played 13,553 times (finished 347)

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

Once again, Will is tearing up any opposition in the Edutainment category. You just keep spewing them out; I don't know how you do it. This is an excellent storygame, and it is a personal favorite of mine. It has everything a good storygame needs, and is one of the more complete storygames, in my opinion.

The idea is captivating, and I love the fact that we can be the investigator. It's very similar to reality when it comes to solving the investigations, and there so many different cases, it's unbelievable. I really enjoy reading storygames where a lot of time and effort is put in, and this makes it among the best on the site. This is one of the most branching storygames I've read, and it's far from linear.

It's quite a long storygame as I said above because of the sheer number of cases, but that only adds to its greatness. The main character is introduced in a somewhat generic way, but is developed very nicely. There's a large number of static characters, but that's perfectly acceptable in my eyes.

There were very few grammar and spelling mistakes, but not one too away from this excellent storygame. Keep up the good work. 8/8
-- Nyctophilia on 11/5/2017 4:49:59 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 loved it, but Ive already studied a bit on jack the ripper so I didnt need to actually read most things.
-- OLivers2 on 3/2/2019 12:09:08 PM with a score of 1
This was a very long story game. It had a lot of information and was easy to get confused with all the clues if you didn't pay attention. It was very interesting.
-- Faervel on 12/8/2018 9:55:10 PM with a score of 0
Interesting. More like a research paper than a mystery story.
-- jumpingfox on 8/25/2018 9:04:29 PM with a score of 1
The good:
Wow. Some games on this site are fun. This is the first I couldn't put down, or couldn't wait to get back to. The author creates a deep sense of immersion using a real knowledge of geography and culture. The grinding emotions of the search for Jack the Ripper are conveyed in subtle ways. You're never hit over the head with the detail of the crime scene. What's more, the mystery is solvable. Careful attention to detail will reveal the killer. There's even some unexpected and well appreciated character development that I didn't expect.

The Bad:
Occasional grammar issues.

The Weird:
It's okay that not everyone will enjoy the story progression. The choices you make will allow you to be involved in cases, or not. Within those cases, choices allow you to see certain evidence, or not. At the end, you make your best guess at the killer. There are no items to collect. There's no combat, but that's not what this story is for. If you're okay with that, play this game. But set an alarm if you have to go get the kids. It's hard to put down.
-- Hisscout on 8/8/2018 11:23:03 AM with a score of 1
brilliant story - very well written and a pleasure to read
-- eddiemf on 6/18/2018 7:30:11 AM with a score of 1
Well that was interesting
-- AurondragonTyr on 5/17/2018 7:23:50 PM with a score of 1
While there may have been minor gramattical errors(we all do it),this story was truly facinating as well as entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and though that the options were quite plentiful and interesting. i give it a 10/10 and would recommend
-- Tyler Northcutt on 4/12/2018 12:14:12 AM with a score of 1
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