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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution

Published By: Sanuk Games
Developed By: Virtual Playground / Gamers Digital
Genre: Adventure
Players: 1
Rated: T for Teen (Blood, Mild Sexual Themes, Violent References)
Release Date: October 5, 2010
Screenshots: Link
Price: $3.99
Written By: Marcus Prunty

November 19, 2010 - Whereís Waldo? Well in this case its Whereís Jack? Jack the Ripper is the most famous unidentified serial killer of all time. He is credited with killing several prostitutes in White Chapel London and is the basis for this game by Sanuk Games. This game, which was originally released on PC and Nintendo DSi, is now available through the PlayStation Network for PSP/PS3 through the minis program. So your job is to take the clues and figure out who Jack the Ripper is.

Actual Crimes: Jack the Ripper at its core is a find the hidden object game with the Jack the Ripper story being the reason youíre exploring areas for the hidden objects. As detectives you go to the various crime scenes from Jack the Rippers many murders and find clues that may have been missed. There are a variety of different puzzles, the main ones being a scene with various clues that are on a list that you must find. The other ones are slide puzzles which tend to be the most difficult of the puzzles; thank god they can be skipped or else you could get stuck on them for a while. And the other puzzle is a simple match game where you flip over cards and match up the images on the cards. I assume the reason for the varying puzzles other than to find the hidden object puzzle is to break up the monotony of searching the picture for hidden objects. Which I will admit is highly boring after a while.

The gameplay of Actual Crimes: Jack the Ripper contains 2 difficulty modes you can play this game under; thereís Rookie mode and Detective Mode. Rookie mode is the easier setting as you might have figured out. During Rookie mode if you get stuck on one of the many find the object puzzles you can just click all over the screen and eventually find all the objects that youíre just not seeing. In Detective mode you are penalized for clicking the screen too many times in a certain time period when you donít find one of the objects. As in most games where youíre finding the objects/clues there is a hint button. Most of these games give you a certain number of hints per scene. In this game they give you a hint and then you have to wait a certain period of time for it to reload the hint bar so you can use it again. You have the ability to zoom in and out during the game which can help you find objects easier as some seem to become easier to spot depending on the position of the camera.

The graphics of the game are pretty simplistic and werenít ramped up in this Mini to make it better then the PSP version. It scales well on the PS3 and isnít all distorted. The sound design for the game is nothing impressive you have vague background conversations on occasion when you visit a crime scene but you canít make out what is being said. The dialogue of the main characters, which you control, is a bit stiff. I would have loved it if they went over the top with the dialogue kind of like in Blue Toad Murder File. That would have made that aspect of the game more enjoyable.

Actual Crimes: Jack the Rippers has a solid interesting story if you like the macabre and have always been fascinated by Jack the Ripper. For the most part the gameplay is very simplistic so anyone can pick up this title and start playing. The downfall to this game is the easiness at which you can cheat during rookie mode by just clicking everywhere on the screen without really looking, and the so-so sound design and dull and boring dialogue. If you like Ďfind the hidden objectí types of games and/or are a fan on anything that involves Jack the Ripper you might want to try out this title. While itís not a perfect game it will keep you busy and interested for a short amount of time and itís a Mini so itís a short game to begin with.


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