Top positive review
Fun way to test memory. Great for young kids - no actual crimes mentioned!
December 13, 2017
We've had this game for a over a year now. I still think it's fun. The description can be a bit lacking, so let me try to help. There are several crime scenes on the board. For parents of younger children, there is no need to worry. No actual crimes are mentioned like in the old Clue game. In this game, you basically just imagine that a crime took place, but really, the scenes are just labeled with the place name such as bakery, bank, etc. You are never told what kind of crime took place. The whole point is to roll the dice and travel toward one of the crime scenes. Once you get to that space, you pick up a card and you have five seconds to look at your suspect and memorize his or her face. You then try to travel back to the police station in the center of the board. Once there, you can request a line up. Another player takes your suspect card (guilty) and lines it up with several other cards from the same crime scene location. These cards all look very similar. The suspects may only have subtle differences like an eyebrow shaped differently, hair swooped to the opposite side, differently shaped glasses, and so on. So, even though you think you will remember what your suspect looked like, that's not always the case. After you play this a few times, you do get better at knowing what to look for, and it does get easier to eliminate some of the suspects. Still, there are a few cards that are so similar that it sometimes makes you questions, "wait a minute...was my guy's scar on the left side or right side?" or something like that. There is a bit of increasing difficulty as you add more suspects to your line up. You can also delay your line up and go around the board collecting suspects first, then doing all the line ups at once. Of course, for older players, you could make that a standard rule rather than an option, to add more of a challenge. The line up is performed by placing the cards into little plastic stands. On the bottom of the stand, it's marked guilty or innocent. The player who is setting up the line up must be careful to put the opposing players guilty suspect card (the one they memorized) into the correct stand. There is a 3-walled cardboard divider that you can stand up as a privacy guard while you arrange the suspects into the stands. Play continues with more suspects being added to the line up each time, and players collecting new suspects from different crime scenes on the board. Once a player correctly identifies "x" number (I think it's 4), that player wins. It's a pretty simple game and a great way to get young children to focus in one details and improve memory. I'd recommend it for ages 6 to 10 for a pretty level competition, and 6 to adult with the understanding that teens and adults will have a bit of advantage in understanding exactly what to memorize, though maybe still not always remembering when they happen to get a very similar card.