(ad) I have something a little different for you today. A product review for a murder mystery card game. Thank you to After Dark and https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/zooloos-blog-tours for offering me this opportunity.
Welcome to Edwardian England. The Lord of the Manor is dead! The servants are our lead suspects and it’s up to you to unearth the evidence, seek out the suspects and catch the culprit in order to scupper the other sleuths, and win this game of murder!
There’s more than one way to catch a killer though. So what’s it gonna be? Good Cop or Bad Cop? These two game versions come with their own set of rules and tactics to crack the case and finger your suspect, but will you use fair play or FOUL PLAY?
The Game is Afoot! Playing as detective, you’ll need to find the three evidence cards that point to a specific suspect in order to catch a killer in this crazy criminal caper. Will you uncover them in the crime scene? Could the other detectives be willing to collaborate and share their findings? Or will you resort to more tricky tactics, and plunder the proof you need to solve this crime?
History of Foul Play
What’s a Murder Mystery Events Company to do?
With a pandemic sweeping the nation and no sign of being able to perform their confounding criminal cabarets or incredible interactive investigations any time soon, they needed to come up with a plan, another way to provide mystery to the masses (and provide income to keep themselves afloat)!
Well, lockdown does strange things to people, especially actors who can’t go out and perform. So one fateful evening, Ben & Lee Cooper-Muir decided to come up with a whole new way to murder people. Keeping their cards close to their chests they plotted and schemed until Foul Play : The Murder Mystery Card Game was born. So, what to do next? This is where After Dark enters the picture. After all, Ben and Lee were two of the operators of the infamous murder mystery company. Maybe they could collaborate to bring the game to the masses. When Lockdown restrictions were eased a top-secret meeting was held with the other criminal masterminds behind After Dark, Helen Burrows, Sophie Webster & Tom Fisher and a pact was made. The game would be launched and licensed under the After Dark banner. In true After Dark style, the team burst into action and then began the beta testing, design updates, promotional planning, character changes, proofing, proofing and more proofing until finally all the kinks were ironed out, mysteries solved, and FOUL PLAY came to life!
We hope you enjoy playing it, and although we all hope to be back performing soon, WATCH THIS SPACE! Now we know we can create and produce games we’ve got a lot more fun things planned for the future!
I was really excited to be offered this game for review. I’m quite the fan of board and card games, even more so when I can involve the family.
I also have a huge soft spot for murder mysteries, such as Cluedo, those files you can buy on Amazon etc.
The game comes with 2 separate rule sets, Good cop and Bad cop. First we tried good cop, it took us a couple to get use to the game. The rules come across much more complicated than they actually are and it wasn’t long before we were in the swing of things. Once we had a few games of good cop we switched to bad cop and that was where our ultimate fun began.
Bad cop was such a great change to doing things and it really improved the game for us. We had so much fun that we ha 7 rounds our first night then played again the following evening.
I would really like to try one of the other Foul Play games and I can see these becoming a staple for game nights in our house. The fact that m 17 and 15 yr old actually asked me to play says a lot about how enjoyable we all found it.
I would highly recommend these for an easy, low effort but hugely fun game.
Game Details and Purchase Link
Release date : 1st July 2021
Review of the Game
Buy on Foul Play
A game for 2 – 5 players | Age 8 +£8.95 + p&p
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