Age Range: 8+
Number of Players: 2-5
Fun Rating: 🐻🐻🐻🐻/5
Today this mama bear is giving you something different, a month or so back I agreed to take part in this fun and interactive tour. I loved the idea and it gave something new to try on our wine nights, though the partner was not as enthusiastic as me.
Foul Play: Once Upon A Crime is a murder mystery with a difference. It is a great card game based mystery with two different ways to play. I would like to thank Murder Mystery Events and Zooloos Tours for organising this fun tour.
Seeing as my two are a bit to young for this; it’s struggle to get them to play snap and our usual mysteries involve where the left wellie has gone or who has hidden mammy’s purse. We did have a lost person case once, it was never solved but his night ninja toy did turn unfortunately without a head. It is a mystery I do not think will be ever solved.
But Foul Play: Once Upon A Crime was. We started our evening by getting the children to bed, reluctantly the children had other plans and this took longer than normal. We set up the game and poured the first glass. We tried diving straight in from my partners memory of the rules, this lasted 10 mins, a fatal disagreement and a reset whilst he reread the rules. It also called for another glass.
Try two went better, we did the standard playthrough, wanted to get used to the game before we started framing characters. Though we were ready to. I am sure my partner thought he was playing cleudo for a while and was waiting for him to accuse me with the wrench in the kitchen.
Overall, the game was alot of fun and I feel will become a regular contender for our card nights. It was different, the game was quick to play and not too long winded. It was also the right amount of mystery to go with a bottle or two of wine. I would definitely recommend this game for families with older children. It would make for a fun night of accusations. The pictures are bright and colourful, the rules are simple and everything is more interesting when there’s a murder to be solved.
Good luck finding the killer!
About the Game
Carabosse the Bad Fairy is dead, and her Big Book of Villainy has been stolen…
In a shocking revelation, the magic mirror has revealed that all the suspects are goodies, but who had a motive to go bad? You’ll need to swap, steal and search for the evidence in order to scupper the other detectives and sleuth your way to your happily ever after!
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 : Manor House Murder came to life!
The team didn’t stop there though! Due to the popularity of the first game, a second version ‘Once Upon A Crime’ was put on the table, designed, and then launched on Kickstarter. Fully funded in under 48 hours the team at After Dark had another success on their hands and players had another murder in theirs! Once Upon A Crime hits the stores on 1st July 2021 and Manor House Murder is available to buy too.
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!