Thursday, August 29, 2013

Crack the Case

by Julie


Fellow Cozy Chick Heather Webber recently talked (online) about how much she and her family enjoy the book Two Minute Mysteries. A Facebook friend, Pixie Poe, told us that if we liked the book, we ought to check out the board game: CRACK THE CASE. She said she would recommend the game to any mystery lover.

Intrigued, I investigated.

Now, before I get too far, I have to admit that we are a board and card game-playing family. Rook, Clue, Monopoly, Risk, 221B Baker Street, and Trivial Pursuit are all favorites in this house.

Crack the Case isn't available in local stores, but I was able to buy a like-new game via eBay.

My husband, our youngest daughter, and I weren't sure what to expect when we first gave it a whirl and I'll admit, it took a little adjustment. Cases are solved as the investigators learn answers to their questions. For each round, a moderator reads the case and the solution. He or she is allowed one of seven possible responses to the yes or no questions that the participants ask. We played a few rounds before we got the hang of it, but now we're hooked.

We got through about half of the "easy" cases, which aren't easy at all, before we moved to the more difficult ones. There's another group of "most difficult" that we haven't even attempted yet.

This game is a lot of fun and requires a great deal of out-of-the-box thinking. The bad part is that there are only so many game cards. Once we've gone through them, we'll be done. Bummer!!

Do you enjoy playing board or card games? What are some of your favorites?