|Players:||4 - 8 players|
Detective Club is a board game for players who enjoy party games, with simple rules that take just a minute to explain. Intrigue, sudden revelations, limitless creativity, and tons of fun await you in this game! Lead the investigation as a detective, or cover your tracks as the infiltrated conspirator. Discuss, accuse, object and try to convince everyone.
In Detective Club, on each round, one of the players secretly teams up with another — the Conspirator — and tries to make them guess a secret word using just two illustrated cards! Other players are detectives, who also know the word, but don't know the identities of each other. Detectives have to find out who the conspirator is, making sure they don't get accused by their fellow players!
Our family has loved Dixit for years, so this game was right up our alley. It combines a bluffing game with the storytelling aspect and beautiful artwork of Dixit. The players are challenged to find the one person in the group who doesn't know what the clue is. That player has to bluff their way through the game by trying to figure out the theme of the played cards, and then (along with everyone else) has to explain how their cards fit into the theme without giving themselves away. The rules give the option of skipping the explanation phase of the game, but we found that was the most fun part. It's hilarious that people manage to sound so dodgy even if when they are not the conspirator. The only fault I found was that the scoring system didn't work too well for us because we were so bad at finding the correct conspirator that the scoring was weighted towards those who were chosen as the conspirator most often. Next time we play we'll add a penalty to innocent people who get accused. That might make people work a bit harder on their explanations and also hopefully even out the scoring a little.
I was recommended to buy this game as a part of our party game collection. This has now killed dixit and mysterium for me, the idea of bullshitting as a game mechanic is right up my alley.
As long as everybody gives fun and interesting clues this game is amazing. We've had many laughs with it.