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?

9 comments:

Shirley said...

Scrabble is my favorite. My Mother and I used to play. She almost always beat me!

Julie Hyzy said...

I enjoy playing Scrabble, too, but I have to admit - I stink! Even though words are so important in my career, I cannot manage to master that game. Whenever we play I come in last! LOL

Heather said...

I love games! You listed some of my favorites. I like trivia games. Sequence is also a favorite. Julie have you ever played Scene It? If so do you know they have a Star Trek version? It is pretty hard if you have not watched all the series but fun none the less.

Julie Hyzy said...

Some friends of ours had the original Scene It when it first came out. I think it may have actually been a VHS tape, but I could be remembering it wrong. In any case, the game didn't work real well for us. But I think we ought to give it another try based on your recommendation. I love trivia, too. And, Star Trek? Oh yeah! I'm sold!

Anonymous said...

We always loved good old fashioned Clue...
(but not as much as I'd love a new White House chef book.... I'm just saying... ;-)
Margaret

Julie Hyzy said...

:::Grin:::
Thanks, Margaret. Working on it!

Brooke said...

Oooh that sounds like a fun game! Now I'm off to try to find it. :)

Aurian said...

I like playing Colonists of Catan, and card games with friends.

Heather said...

You should give it a try. For Scene It to be the most fun you really need at least 4 people. Between myself and my friends that get together for game nights we have the original Scene It, the TV version and the Star Trek version. Yeah most of my friends are Trekies AND cat people who read! I'm really trying to get some of my friends interested in your books. I think I might get some to try them. I was reading Fonduing Fathers when work started back up and mentioned them to my library co-workers and one is going to check the series out. She thought the titles were GREAT! I don't think she ever had heard of the cozy genre but in all fairness she is an elementary librarian. :)