|Players:||3 - 5|
|Time:||30 - 50 minutes|
You've studied the footage, connected the dots, and gathered what meager evidence you could. You're close — soon the whole world will know the truth behind the Cryptid. A group of like-minded cryptozoologists have come together to finally uncover the elusive creature, but the glory of discovery is too rich to share. Without giving away some of what you know you will never succeed in locating the beast, but reveal too much and your name will be long forgotten!
Cryptid is a unique deduction game of honest misdirection in which players must try to uncover information about their opponents' clues while throwing them off the scent of their own. Each player holds one piece of evidence to help them find the creature, and on their turn they can try to gain more information from their opponents. Be warned; give too much away and your opponents might beat you to the mysterious animal and claim the glory for themselves!
The game includes a modular board, five clue books, and a deck of set-up cards with hundreds of possible set-ups across two difficulty levels. It is also supported by an entirely optional digital companion, allowing for faster game set-up and a near-infinite range of puzzles.
Everyone has some information on where the Cryptid is located and you have to try to figure out how all the clues fit together to find the only spot on the board it could be. Some people seem to be naturally good at this, for others it takes a lot of thinking. We found that jotting down notes on a piece of hidden paper can help a lot. Something to be aware of is that it's easy to misinterpret your piece of information (11 year-old had a bit of trouble with this) which can throw the game out for everyone. We also found that if your group is particularly bad at the game the little cubes can run out before you find the right spot - the game makers must have been a bit optimistic when deciding how many they should provide!
This is such a simple game to learn but creates sooo much fun for all ages! This game is one that all 5 of my family will happily agree to play and once is never enough! We love this one. Highly recommend!
This is our go to game for a quick 'who-done-it' session. Usually we play with an adult, 2 teens and a 9 year old, so it works for most ages. Somewhere on the board is a single solution and each of us has a single clue. The rest has to be deduced.
We haven't gotten there yet but there is an app that can randomly generate the environment, so has plenty of longevity.