Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Kerry Hammond has been playing games again but she's back at the Playground to share her latest find with us. 

I love mystery board games and I check out every toy section of every thrift store I enter. I don’t find games as often as I find mystery puzzles, but I have been known to come across a gem or two. One of my most recent gems is the Whodunit Mystery Detective Game. The game is from 1985 and published by Selchow & Righter Company. It can be played by 2-6 players, ages 8 to adult.  

Here is the description on the box:

A suspenseful mystery game for super sleuths. Players snoop through an elegant mansion searching for clues that will identify suspects to the crime. Each player tries to outsmart his opponents and be the first to discover “Whodunit.” But if a player falsely accuses an opponent he must leave the mansion. At the end, the player with all the correct clues solves the crime and is declared the winner.

Love the art on the box!

Ok, so you had me at “snoop,” but you really had me at “elegant mansion.” In the spirit of the game Clue, your playing piece is able to wander around different rooms of the fictional country estate located in the fictional town of Brimfield. The owner, who has been found murdered, was Lord Edward Peter Percival Pembrook. There were 10 occupants in the mansion at the time of the murder, including the butler, the maid, and several mysterious houseguests. 

At the start of the game, each player chooses a detective card, which is that player’s new identity. There are six different detectives available to investigate the murder. As players learn different characteristics of the murderer, murder weapon, and scene of the crime, he or she is able to record the information on a Detective Sheet. Players can be questioned when another player draws a “pursue alibis” card, or when a player’s pawn lands on their space. 

In order to win the game, you must uncover the why, where, what and who. In other words, the motive, scene of the crime, murder weapon, and guilty suspect. It is a fun game and a great addition to my mystery board game collection.

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