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shlomi ben-naim
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Hello,
I am new to gaming; I am looking for a mystery or crime game or something like the old “Clue” game. I am looking for a light game and not to heavy with rules and complexity. Can anyone suggest a good solid game.
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Haven't played it (would like to), but Mystery of the Abbey is suggested quite often.
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Mr. Jack in New York is a detective themed game. Mr. Jack Pocket is more specifically like Clue, i.e. a "who done it" type of game.
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Bill Eldard
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shlomi wrote:
Hello,
I am new to gaming; I am looking for a mystery or crime game or something like the old “Clue” game. I am looking for a light game and not to heavy with rules and complexity. Can anyone suggest a good solid game.
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P.I.

Like Clue, it's a deduction game. Unlike Clue, there are no die rolls or player elimination, because players do not move tokens around board, and each player is trying to solve his/her own mystery (i.e., suspect; crime; location). If a player doesn't get the solution correct, he/she is still playing and can try again.

Plays with 2-5 players, and our group has enjoyed it a lot. The rules are short and very intuitive. On his/her turn, a player can perform one of the following three actions:

a. Take a card from 9 face-up clue cards to see if it is the suspect (or location, or crime) in the solution. The player to the right -- who is holding the solution -- tells the player if the clue is the correct answer, near the answer, or not. If correct, the player places a disk of his/her color on the corresponding tile on the board. If the actual answer is at a locations adjacent to the one where the clue is, the player is told to place a cube on the tile. If neither is appropriate (i.e. the clue is not even close), the player places the card face up in front of him/her as a reminder.

b. Place 1 of the player's detectives on a location. The player to the right then responds like in (a), but does not specify which of the three clues are what. For example, I place a detective at Ocean Drive, and the player to my right tells me to place a disk and a cube on the detective. That tells me I got one of the three clues correct, and another clue is at the location adjacent to the detective -- but I don't know which ones. At the end of the round, the detectives used are removed from the game; each player has a total of 5 detectives for all three rounds.

c. Make an accusation. If the player is correct, the player places a marker on the scoring track; if incorrect, the player moves his/her wrong guess marker on its track (-2 points for each wrong guess.)

The film noir artwork is very thematic.
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Ricky Cantrell
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Eldard wrote:


Great recommendation, P.I. is by far my favorite deduction game.
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Mystery Express. Has many of the same mechanics as Clue. A little more complexity. But no dice rolling.
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If a story-telling mechanic is okay, nothing currently beats Ace Detective.
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ORIENT EXPRESS PERHAPS?
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Le Fantôme de l'Opéra

2 players (competitive)
Asymmetrical gameplay
Great production quality
Easy to learn, hard to master
No language dependence
Random board setup
Variable difficulty setting
Pretty fast game (each round ~30 minutes)
Good theme integration, fresh theme
Multilingual rule book (English, German, French)

E The latest and best of the Mr. Jack game series.


Inkognito

4 players (team vs team/2 vs 2 competitive)
Great production quality
Easy rules
No language dependence
Random victory conditions
Good theme integration, fresh theme

E Still a classic deduction game for me. You only know you own identitiy and have to figure out who you partner is in order to win.

The trick is, you can only communicate with other players via cards, deducing who the other players are while trying to confuse the rival team on your own identity and also giving hints on your own identity to your partner.

Exciting game of cat-and-mouse against the clock (= deduction progress of the other team), even after all these years.
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Second Mystery of the Abbey.
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NOIR: Deductive Mystery Game is an excellent deduction game, works from 2 - 4 players. I've played it with 5 and it works ok, too.

Mystery Express is fun, but not my favorite deduction game.
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shlomi ben-naim
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Thank you everyone for your suggestions, i will look up your recommendations.
 
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Try this one Tajemnicze Domostwo
 
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Letters from Whitechapel

The theme fits.
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Mystery Express for me. This game is pure fun for a clue fan, but without some of Clue's roll and move nonsense.

It is also more complex than Clue with you having to find the reason why the murder was committed and at what time. + there are 3 copies of each card and cards are moving throughout the game.

It is really fun!
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+1 for Letters from Whitechapel. This is one of the best deduction games out there.

The Phantom Society is a fairly recent release where one person is trying to uncover the ghosts that another player has hidden in a creepy mansion. I haven't played it, but it looks neat.

When you feel like you're ready for something a little more difficult, seek out a game called Android. It's not a tremendously complex game, though the rule book may make you think so. It's a game set in a cyberpunk future where you play as a unique character who is trying to solve a murder, uncover a conspiracy, and deal with their own personal lives.
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