Deduction games
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I really like deduction games. They can really get your brain frying.. And thats exactly what i like. I've tried some games, and im allways on the lookout for new ones. Ofcourse your marking mecanism adds a lot to the game..
Here is some i have tried. Please add deduction games you enjoy.
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1. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:66] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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In my eyes the best deductive game - ever. Big disadvantage: you can only play it 16 times (with the expansions). But believe me after 10 years, you can start again ;-))
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2. Board Game: El Club de los Martes [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:4780]
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The Tuesday Club Murders (El Club de los Martes) is formed when the host, is entertaining friends and they decide that each should tell a story of a mystery, without revealing the answer, so that the others can try to guess the outcome. It is felt that with their combined skills and variety of individual experience, they will be able to solve the problems presented. The players try to reconstruct the crime by asking, guessing and fiddling about.
 
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3. Board Game: Gumshoe [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:4933]
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This is a follow up to Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective already mentioned above. Solitaire or co-operative play. Bags of period atmosphere and detailed inclusions such as telephone directories, mugshots, maps and newspapers. As with SHCD, low replay value once you have completed the cases though.
 
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4. Board Game: Black Vienna [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:2357]
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Black vienna is a nice deduction game. It was my first good deduction game after cluedo. Noticing that im starting to think black vienna is on the lighter side of games, so probably im needing something stronger...
 
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5. Board Game: Sleuth [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:944]
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And that's where sleuth comes in. i've played it as a 4 player game only. Heard that its quite light with three and a real brain burner with seven. Fortunately ower gaming group has enough interersted people to try it someday...
 
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6. Board Game: Code 777 [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1345]
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Code 777 is another good deduction game - definitely on the lightweight side of the scale, but fun (and relatively quick).
 
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I have heard a lot of positive feedback on timbuktu, so its high on my purchase list. Id still like to hear more, before buying it...

Thats really all i have on deduction games. Hopefully somebody knows some more good games to introduce to this list.
 
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8. Board Game: Orient Express [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:2661]
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I think this may belong here. Deduction from witness statements and telegrams. Have only played it once but it has a nice theme and board. The game is given some momentum by the progression of the train along its route. Low replay value though once you have gone through the 10 included cases.
 
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9. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1136]
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Well, I must admit that I've never really understood the difference betwee deductive and inductive reasoning, but I think that you might enjoy a game called Clans. I've been playing it for a while on BSW (http://www.brettspielwelt.de/) and recently got the actual game. It's a fun little game that accomodates 2-5 players. The key mechanic of the game is that you are secretly assigned a color, and don't know what color everyone else is, and you are trying to earn points for your color without giving away what color you are, and simultaneously trying to figure out what color your opponents are while trying to deny them points. It's really easy to learn and very fun.
 
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10. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1077]
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If you like Clue but felt it was a bit light then Mystery of the Abbey may be what you're looking for.
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11. Board Game: Suspense: the Card Game [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:6534]
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A deduction microgame
 
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12. Board Game: Deterrence [Average Rating:6.40 Unranked]
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That's a game I designed. Published few months ago here in Brazil. It's a game about the arms race during cold war.

You have to use deduction in order to have some clue about what the opponent is doing.
 
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13. Board Game: Old Town [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:3736]
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Recreating an old Western town based on clue-cards.
 
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14. Board Game: Hunting Party [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:4575]
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Deduction is used to find out the vulnerablities of the Shadow(main bad guy). The Clue mechanic allows the Shadow to be different every game which makes each Hunters in the game valued differently from one game to the next based upon their skills.
 
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15. Board Game: Coda [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:2880]
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Short filler that's recieved good reviews.
 
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16. Board Game: Spy Web [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:8089]
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Two players, figure out who the ring leader (the guy at the top) is by asking what the others can see, hear, point to, etc. Not seriously hard, but my kid played a mean game of it when he was 8.
 
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17. Board Game: 221B Baker Street: The Master Detective Game [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:3556]
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Inferior to "Consulting Detective", but still a worthwhile Sherlock Holmes themed item on this list.
 
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18. Board Game: Crack the Case [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:5816]
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Lateral puzzles! Check out the images for some sample cards.
 
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19. Board Game: Clue: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:6231]
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Clue: The Card Game, basically *is* Clue without the movement mechanism (or, rather, you can move anywhere you want, if you need to). It definitely has a luck element - what cards you get are quite important - but it's a good, lightweight deduction game.
 
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20. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:7559]
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Cluedo is a old classic. Would be a ok game, if the roll and move mecanism would be something else. Very light, not really a brain burner
 
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21. Board Game: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Mystery at Hogwarts Game [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:14307]
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Pretty much Clue but with some event cards and a nifty ghost mechanism. I prefer it over Clue, myself.
 
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22. Board Game: Alibi [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:14273]
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A lot like Clue and/or Mystery of the Abbey, but without the game board
 
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23. Board Game: Mouse Chaos [Average Rating:4.86 Overall Rank:14987]
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Anttoni, this is the strangest deduction you can play. It should also be available in your local game shop in Finland.

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24. Board Game: WFF 'N PROOF [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:14177]
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Deduce/induce, whatever.
 
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25. Board Game: Guess Who? [Average Rating:4.79 Overall Rank:15304]
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From the BGG entry:

The mystery face game where you flip over a collection of faces with different color hair, eye color, hair, hats, glasses etc. to deduce who the secret person is that your opponent has chosen. You flip over the hooked tiles as you narrow your choices by asking characteristic questions.

My kids loved this game when they were younger.
 
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