#Review #GameReview: Foul Play Once Upon A Crime Mystery Card Game @afterdarkmurder @foulplaygamers @zooloo2008 #FoulPlayGame #AfterDarkMurder #ZooloosBookTours #MurderMystery #cardgame
A game for 2 – 5 players | Age 8 +
Something a little different on the blog today where myself and my family have reviewed this exciting new murder mystery card game. Thank you to Zoe from zooloosbookdiary.co.uk for the opportunity to take part in this gaming tour. Here's everything you need to know:
Carabosse the Bad Fairy is dead, and her Big Book of Villainy has been stolen...
In a shocking revelation, the magic mirror has revealed that all the suspects are goodies, but who had a motive to go bad? You’ll need to swap, steal and search for the evidence in order to scupper the other detectives and sleuth your way to your happily ever after!
There's more than one way to catch a killer though. So what's it gonna be? Good Cop or Bad Cop? These two game versions come with their own set of rules and tactics to crack the case and finger your suspect, but will you use fair play or FOUL PLAY?
The Game is Afoot! Playing as detective, you’ll need to find the three evidence cards that point to a specific suspect in order to catch a killer in this crazy criminal caper. Will you uncover them in the crime scene? Could the other detectives be willing to collaborate and share their findings? Or will you resort to more tricky tactics, and plunder the proof you need to solve this crime?
We love board games in our house and regularly have game nights so I was delighted to get a chance to review a new family card game, and a murder mystery to boot!
In the storybook world, the Big Book of Villainy has gone missing and the evil fairy has been murdered. But who would do such a thing? Is it the usual evil suspects or have some of our classical good characters turned to the dark side? It is up to you to uncover the truth, and the first detective to unmask the killer is the winner.
There are two ways to play this game (as a good cop or a bad cop) and each have their own rules to follow which are clearly marked out for you. After a practice run with the setup of the game and the rules, we all got down to business and it was cutthroat - my kids had no qualms in stealing my evidence cards and swapping out suspects 🤣 There were lots of laughs and shouts of 'you can't do that' and then the joy when someone bet it all and declared they knew who the culprit was, only to be proven wrong! Brilliant!
The card game is aged 8+ which I think is appropriate and with 2-5 players it works well for small and larger groups. The cards themselves are very well made with excellent illustrations and trust me when I say you will need to study them closely. I love card games as they are perfect for taking away with you on holidays, or on visits to friends and family, as they are so compact and will fit in anyone's pocket.
FOUL PLAY is a delightfully entertaining murder mystery game which can be replayed over and over again, and I cannot wait for more from this creative company.
History of Foul Play
What’s a Murder Mystery Events Company to do?
With a pandemic sweeping the nation and no sign of being able to perform their confounding criminal cabarets or incredible interactive investigations any time soon, they needed to come up with a plan, another way to provide mystery to the masses (and provide income to keep themselves afloat)!
Well, lockdown does strange things to people, especially actors who can't go out and perform. So one fateful evening, Ben & Lee Cooper-Muir decided to come up with a whole new way to murder people. Keeping their cards close to their chests they plotted and schemed until Foul Play : The Murder Mystery Card Game was born. So, what to do next? This is where After Dark enters the picture. After all, Ben and Lee were two of the operators of the infamous murder mystery company. Maybe they could collaborate to bring the game to the masses. When Lockdown restrictions were eased a top-secret meeting was held with the other criminal masterminds behind After Dark, Helen Burrows, Sophie Webster & Tom Fisher and a pact was made. The game would be launched and licensed under the After Dark banner. In true After Dark style, the team burst into action and then began the beta testing, design updates, promotional planning, character changes, proofing, proofing and more proofing until finally all the kinks were ironed out, mysteries solved, and FOUL PLAY : Manor House Murder came to life!
The team didn’t stop there though! Due to the popularity of the first game, a second version ‘Once Upon A Crime’ was put on the table, designed, and then launched on Kickstarter. Fully funded in under 48 hours the team at After Dark had another success on their hands and players had another murder in theirs! Once Upon A Crime hits the stores on 1st July 2021 and Manor House Murder is available to buy too.
We hope you enjoy playing it, and although we all hope to be back performing soon, WATCH THIS SPACE! Now we know we can create and produce games we've got a lot more fun things planned for the future!
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Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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