Real Crimes: Jack The Ripper (Nintendo DS) Review

By Adam Riley 30.05.2011 1

Review for Real Crimes: Jack The Ripper on Nintendo DS

Trying to stand out from the crowd is hard enough at times for any game, yet in the Hidden Object genre on the Nintendo DS it is especially tough for any product to lift its head above the mire of releases from numerous companies eager to make some quick money from the casual audience Nintendo lured to the fold with the dual-screen portable. Cubed3 takes a look at Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper from Rondomedia, Sanuk Games and Virtual Toys.

Rather than crafting some fanciful tale of mystery and intrigue, Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper takes the darker tone of real life, with the focus being on the infamous Jack the Ripper, one of the most notorious murderers of all time. The scene is set in London, 1889, with players helping Scotland Yard’s detectives as they attempt to crack the misdemeanour. This leads to thirty-three locations being scrutinised across popular landmarks such as Piccadilly Circus, Whitechapel Lane and even Buckingham Palace.

Unfortunately, Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper is not exactly a wonderful example of how to do a Hidden Object game. Whilst City Interactive has already brought out the fantastic Vampire Moon: Mystery of the Hidden Sun and the even better Murder in Venice, Real Crimes falls down in some fundamental areas. First of all, the actual item placement is extremely unusual. Okay, the idea is to hide objects around whatever stage is currently being visited, yet when absolutely crazy things like horse heads in the sky start appearing, it makes you wonder what is going on.

Screenshot for Real Crimes: Jack The Ripper on Nintendo DS

With plenty of odd appearances around levels matters become more confusing than anything, meaning that trying to search for whatever is on the list is more annoying than entertaining. Then there is the list of objects as well, with its lack of variety, and the fact that some features are extremely faint in the background so that in certain light they cannot be seen at all. Either that or there will be an objective such as finding five bottles where there are clearly eight or so in the stage, but the game wants only specific ones chosen, with a time penalty incurred for any wrong tap.

Thankfully Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper is not all about the seeking and finding element, with some moments of pause to give players a break. The thirteen extra mini-games included, though, are not particularly taxing on the brain, with simple ‘Spot the Difference’ images and tile sliding puzzles being the general order of the day, and even the unusual occurrence of a puzzle with no clues as to its solution, leaving it down to sheer trial and error. They are certainly a welcomed break from what becomes a highly frustrating and monotonous hidden object experience, but really do not add that much value on the whole. It is the five murder cases, which are the central core of the storyline, that will keep certain players chugging along until the end, but with only five investigations in total, the end arrives sooner than expected.

Screenshot for Real Crimes: Jack The Ripper on Nintendo DS

Cubed3 Rating

4/10
Rated 4 out of 10

Subpar

Whilst Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper delivers an interesting story, the core gameplay is highly reminiscent of much earlier examples of the Hidden Object genre that left players frustrated due to poor integration of items and a general lack of attention to detail in the entire make-up of the game. Stick with the likes of Mystery Stories: Curse of the Ancient Spirits, Murder in Venice, and Vampire Moon: Mystery of the Hidden Sun instead.

Developer

Virtual Playground

Publisher

Avanquest

Genre

Puzzle

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  4/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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Comments

Very sad indeed. I've played a LOT of Hidden Object games over the past year and this is definitely one of the weakest. There's a DSiWare version that would be of better value overall.

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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