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Mr Jack

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4.5 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
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  • 2 player game
  • 30 minutes to play
  • Murder Mystery solving board game in the misty streets of London
  • Old london theme
  • Track and catch jack
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Jack the Ripper is loose in Whitechapel, and it's up to you to stop him!

Gentleman Jack, the legendary murderous fiend, has taken yet another life on the streets of London. A team of investigators closes in - but one of them is actually Mr. Jack in disguise! Can you catch the elusive killer before he escapes, or will he vanish into the night and escape your grasp?

In Mr. Jack, one player is the master murderer who must hide his identity and escape Whitechapel. The other is the investigator tasked with unmasking the nefarious villain and apprehending him before he escapes. Maneuver the investigators and expose the killer, or keep one step ahead of the law and slip away into the night. Every move counts, so use the skills of the investigators to outwit and outmaneuver your opponent.

Mr. Jack is a diabolical game of deduction and clever maneuvering for two players. It's challenging and smart, with artfully illustrated characters and quick game play that will have you coming back to the scene of the crime over and over again.

From the Manufacturer

1888 Whitechapel District, London. 00:25am. As usual too much fog surrounds the British Kingdom. Then a shout… As another victim falls prey to the notorious Jack the Ripper, as he has been dubbed. Finally, not being able to endure this any longer 8 investigators come together to try and uncover the mystery of Mr. Jack. The question is: Can they uncover him before he strikes again, even when one amongst them really is the Assassin? 2 players with 8 characters. One of them runs a race against time, to uncover the truth of who the Ripper really is. The other works to escape and deceive everyone from the fact that he is the shadow in the night that strangles these far from innocent women. With only one accusation throughout the whole game players need to pay close attention to who is in the shadows and who remains in the light.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 2.5 inches ; 2.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: Denmark
  • ASIN: B0002HYPG6
  • Item model number: 700100ASM
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 9 - 13 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,528 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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I bought this on a whim, and I am SO glad I did. My boyfriend plays a lot of tabletop strategy games, and I can't really keep up with him, so I wanted something a little less miniature based. This game is full of strategy, but also simple and FUN!

In a nutshell, Mr. Jack is a two-player game wherein one player is Jack the Ripper, trying to escape White Chapel (ie, the board) and the other player is the investigator chasing him. There are 8 pieces on the board, and the player who is Jack knows that one of those pieces is actually Jack the Ripper in disguise. However, both players get to play all of the pieces, so there are times that the investigator may unknowingly move the Jack the Ripper piece, perhaps to Jack's benefit, perhaps not! What seems like such a simple concept at first becomes many layers of stealth, strategy, and bluffing very quickly!

This game is tons of fun! My boyfriend and I switch off who is Jack and who is the inspector. Although gameplay is incredibly balanced, it's actually quite hard for Jack to get away, so the inspector has so far won most of the games. I was worried, bcs I get competitive and can be a sore loser sometimes, but we're both tied for wins and losses so far. And we have so much fun playing, that I never feel bad when I lose.

Mr. Jack, in addition to being well-designed gamewise, is also well-designed constructionwise. The pieces are of high quality, and the cards are thick cardboard, so the chances of accidental rips, etc, are slim. The artwork/characters are fun and cartoony; even though this is about a... well... serial killer, it's totally a good game for older kids, especially if you're trying to teach strategy or thinking ahead. It's kind of like a goofy, simple chess in that sense.
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Most in-depth board games seem to be designed with 3 or more players in mind. Sure, you can play some of them with 2 players but the overall flow of the game really breaks down. My wife and I have defiitely noticed this and commented that while we have plenty of board games, we really can't pull most of them out and play a game together. On a quest to find good 2-player games I discovered Mr. Jack. Mr. Jack is specifically designed to be played by two players and reminds me somewhat of a cat and mouse version of Clue.

The premise of Mr. Jack is that one player is Jack the Ripper and the other player is a detective trying to track down the infamous fiend. During the 8 rounds of gameplay (typically lasting less than 30 minutes) the detective is trying to determine which of the 8 in-game characters is Jack. Meanwhile, Jack is trying to prevent himself (or herself) from being discovered and to escape the Whitechapel district where the murders took place. This cat and mouse gameplay allows for an engrossing and fun gameplay experience for two players that keeps you both on your toes. There is no deadtime between turns, as analyzing the moves your opponent makes could be key to accomplishing your goal.

At the beginning of the game, the player portraying Jack randomly determines which of the 8 playable characters is Jack the Ripper. The gameplay takes place over 8 rounds while during each round players take turns moving 4 of the 8 playable characters, each character having their own unique abilities which can help or hinder the investigation. Each character gets used once every other round so no characters are neglected.
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I don't give five stars to many board games. I give a lot of four stars, even to games that I personally don't interest me that much because I can see the inherent value in the game for others with different tastes or needs (e.g. children).

Mr. Jack is the rare exception. No, it's not the best game I've played. But it's good. VERY good. I think of it as a combination of Scotland Yard and Chess. I personally find Chess boring even though I recognize its supremacy in the gaming world. In Mr. Jack you're confronted with some of the same limitations of pawn movement, but there's a palatable tension that doesn't exist in Chess. If you're playing Jack you really are tense as you try to escape. If you're an investigator you're straining to figure out who Jack is before he escapes or time runs out (8 full turns gone by).

I won't repeat the rules as others have already done so in other reviews. Just a few points.

If you are Jack and you are new to this game you will lose. You will lose A LOT. On boardgamegeek users have estimated that Jack only wins 40% of the time. If you're new to the game it's probably no better than 25%. It's a game that rewards repeated plays as you get better. Over time the tactics and strategies to win as Jack become more clear. The sign of a great game is that it and the players evolve over time. That's what you get with Mr. Jack.

I think you almost have to get the Mr. Jack Extension (which adds a few more additional roles/pawns) to fully enjoy the game. That's the only drawback. The Extension evens the field a bit and makes the odds of winning for Jack a bit closer to 50%. So I recommend buying this, playing it say ten times, and then getting the Extension.
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