Posted by James (admin) on 12th October 2010
I liked the idea of an Orient Express themed deduction game. so was very open to trying Mystery Express. I’m not a fan of Clue/Cluedo as it’s too dry and massively dependent on dice rolls. The preview information released about Mystery Express indicated it was very different and had a lot more logic to it.
During the game, you are trying to work out the 5 facts about the crime – where, who, what, why and when. Each turn, you have a fixed amount of time to spend on actions (based on which part of the journey you’re on, i.e. which turn) and each action is located in a different carriage of the train. Once you’ve been in a carriage, you can’t return to it during the same turn.
Most of the deduction of the crime’s facts is a process of elimination. Players hold cards of the various possible facts – there are 2 identical cards of each apart from the actual facts of the crime of which there is only 1 copy of each (because 1 has randomly been removed at the start of the game). I actually felt this was still very much like Clue/Cluedo. Read the rest of this entry »