Hunting the Ripper

a Mystery / Thriller by Will11

Commended by EndMaster on 7/28/2019 5:48:46 AM

Player Rating7.07/8

"#17 overall, #2 for 2015"
based on 442 ratings since 05/23/2015
played 19,316 times (finished 447)

Story Difficulty6/8

"wandering through the desert"

Play Length6/8

"It'll be a while, better grab a SnickersĀ®"

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
A very cerebral story with a LOT of suspects and some wild goose chases. Nonetheless, a story worth readying.
-- Namord on 11/24/2020 3:42:43 PM with a score of 1
I can understand why this story is so long after reading about the research you made this is a very interesting story thanks for making it
-- Nicole Signothahack on 6/17/2020 4:36:27 PM with a score of 1
This is the greatest story game I've ever seen in my life; it's a mystery, it's long, and, above all that, it's far from linear. Just perfect. 8/8. I need to learn from this guy. Edutainment at its best. Salute to thee, will11.
-- tonyflamingo on 3/15/2020 5:20:48 AM with a score of 1
I've always been interested in the Jack the ripper story. It's one of the greatest unsolved cases of all time! This just dives farther down into the case I've researched so many times. I find it wonderfully chilling and I do adore it.
-- StariKnights on 2/10/2020 1:21:32 AM with a score of 0
Very nice, really enjoyed it! Gave me the creeps from time to time I have to admit but in a good way! :D
-- Emylia on 5/17/2019 6:10:19 PM with a score of 1
its ass
-- god2003 on 5/17/2019 10:15:08 AM with a score of 0
Minor grammatical errors on pages 103 and in the 150s. I loved this story so much! I literally put everything on hiatus (including breathing) until I finished this, and I did. Woohoo!
-- The_Broken_God on 4/19/2019 4:59:14 PM with a score of 1
This was a really thoughtful and wild ride - worth the time to read and clearly a large effort on the part of the author. Bravo!
-- Mouse on 3/29/2019 1:05:57 PM with a score of 1
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