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Review Foul Play The Murder Mystery Card Games

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We checked out the fun Murder Mystery Card Game Foul Play and you can discover what we thought in our review here. 

After Dark HQ, the award-winning interactive providers have launched a new range of murder mystery card games Foul Play. 

We were kindly gifted Foul Play Manor House Murder and Foul Play Once Upon A Crime for the purpose of an honest review. We asked our reviewer Gemma and her family to check them out and you see what they thought below. 

Review Foul Play The Murder Mystery Card Games

If you have read any of our previous reviews you will know that we are big board game fans. Recently we have been really enjoying various card games and was therefore keen to check out the Foul Play Murder Mystery games. 

Here is everything you need to know from how to play to what we thought. 

What Foul Play Murder Mystery Card Games are available? 

Review Foul Play Murder Mystery Games

Currently, there are two Foul Play games, The Manor House Murder and Once Upon A Crime which will be available from 1st July 2021. 

The Manor House Murder is set in Edwardian England, where the Lord of the Manor is dead and the servants are the lead suspects. 

Once Upon A Crime takes you to Storybookland where the Bad Fairy has been found dead and her Big Book of Villainy has been stolen and it is a goodie has gone bad who has committed the crime. 

What age is Foul Play Murder Mystery for? 

The Foul Play card games are aimed at children aged 8 years and over. 

What is in the Foul Play game boxes. 

The Foul Play The Manor House Murder Card Game contains: 

  • 15 Evidence Cards 
  • 8 Character / Suspect Cards
  • 29 Action Cards 
  • 4 double-sided instruction cards 

Review Foul Play Murder Mystery Card Game Manor House Murder Characters

The Foul Play Once Upon A Crime Card Game contains: 

  • 15 Evidence Cards 
  • 8 Character / Suspect Cards
  • 28 Action Cards 
  • 4 double-sided instruction cards 

Review Foul Play Murder Mystery Card Card Once Upon A Crime Characters

Foul Play Good Cop and Bad Cop Games.

Review Foul Play Murder Mystery Game Good Cop Bad Cop

There are two ways of playing Foul Play;  the 'Good Cop' game or the 'Bad Cop' Game. Both have the aim of catching the suspect but with a slightly different set-up and how to win. 

Good Cop Game 

The Good Cop Game is played with only three pieces of evidence that point to the suspect. The aim of the game is to make sure you see all three of these pieces of evidence and collect the suspect (that they relate) to into your hand before you make your accusation. 

Bad Cop Game

In the Bad Cop Game, all the evidence is dealt out and to win you need to collect three pieces of evidence and a suspect who matches this evidence. 

Setting Up Foul Play Murder Mystery Card Games.

At first look the setup and playing instructions seem quite complicated however after reading them through with the cards in front of us we picked it up quickly.

As mentioned there are two different Foul Play games you can play. Before you start the game you need to decide which you will be playing. 

If playing Good Cop you need to separate the evidence cards, sort into the three colours (A, B, C) and select one card from each colour. Put the remaining evidence cards back in the box. The three evidence cards you have selected then need shuffling into the rest of the pack. 

Review Foul Play Murder Mystery Game Good Cop Evidence Cards

If you select Bad Cop you don't need to remove the evidence cards simply need to shuffle the whole pack together. 

Once the cards have been sorted and shuffled for both games you place 9 cards onto the table in a  3 x 3 grid face down. This is the 'Crime Scene'. 

Review Foul Play Murder Mystery Game set up game

Players are then 5 cards for Good Cop and 7 cards for Bad Cop. The remaining cards become the 'Evidence Locker' and are placed face down next to the Crime Scene, with one card placed face down on the other side of the 'Crime Scener' to become The Discard Pile. 

Along with the 'Evidence and Suspect Cards,' the player's hand will also feature a series of 'Action Cards'. The 'Action Cards' allow you to swap and steal other players cards, swap cards into the crime scene, inspect other players cards or make all players show their hands. There is also a 'Red Herring' which is useless and a 'Block' card which allows you to block other players actions including declaring the final suspect.

 Review Foul Play Card Game Manor House Murder Action Cards

The 'Action Cards' vary slightly in the Manor House Murder and Once Upon A Crime.

Review Foul Play Murder Mystery Card Card Once Upon A Crime Action Cards

How to play Foul Play Murder Mystery Card Games?

Once you have set up and dealt the cards the game is easy to play. On your turn, you place down your 'Action Card' faceup and follow the action. There are some extra rules for certain cards which I won't go into but are easy to follow. 

Once you have played your "Action Card' you then replace it with a card from the 'Evidence Locker'. The game continues with lots of swapping and stealing of cards and trying to remember where you have placed cards in the Crime scene so that you don't pick them up again. 

Review Foul Play Murder Mystery Card Card stealing cards

In Good Cop when you have seen and memorised the evidence ( you don't need the cards in your hands) and are holding the corresponding suspect on your next turn you can declare their accusation. This can be blocked with 'Block Card' and the game continues or other players can disagree and if you are proven wrong your out of the game. If correct you win. 

In Bad Cop your accusation can be made when you have three pieces of evidence and the suspect card in matches in your hand. Again you can be blocked and the game continues or if your evidence does not add up because you have made a mistake you are out. If correct you win. 

What We Thought Of The Foul Play Murder Mystery Games

We have all become quite addicted to playing the Foul Play games. A cross between a traditional Murder Mystery game, Cluedo and Guess who we loved that suspect/villain is never the same. 

It is also great that there are two different games to play per pack and the newer Once Upon A Crime pack has different Action Cards to play making it a slightly different game. 

Although it took a little time to learn the rules once grasped we found it easy to play.  However, younger children in the age bracket may need a little help. If you are struggling we understand that the Foul Play website has a video tutorial but we didn't need to use this. 

Foul Play has become a firm favourite and that packs neatly back into a small box it is an ideal travel game. We highly recommend it. 

Where to buy The Foul Play Murder Mystery Game? 

Both The Foul Play The Manor House Murder and Once Upon A Crime has an RRP of £8.95 and available from The Foul Play website here. 

 

 

 

 

 

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