To celebrate August being C64 Month, we’re writing about a different Commodore 64 game every day! Start from the beginning here!
OK this might be a very short blog post because Jack The Ripper is a game I was not very good at. In fact, I don’t think I ever even left the room you start in, but it was either this or James Pond 2: Robocod and well that’s really not a game that had the C64 in mind when it was being made so here we are.
(I apologise, this video is the Spectrum version, but you get the idea)
So. Jack The Ripper is a text adventure game that sets you with the task of solving the infamous murders that took place in Nineteenth-century London. A formidable enough task, made all the tougher because you’ve unwittingly been made a suspect and if you’re not careful you’re going to have all of the local constabulary seeking your arrest.
As I said, I was not very good at it, but I really enjoyed trying to find my way around the world. The text was written in a captivating way, mixing paranoia, horror and suspense around a believable representation of the city. The C64 version added some gruesome pictures of murdered corpses which thirteen year old me just loved to bits.
I had a quick go of these recently and got a bit further than I did when I first played it like 20 years ago, and I think it holds up quite nicely – so give it a go!