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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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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A quick mystery game. Great feel to the game, simple yet complex.Published 1 month ago by Bryan Davis
My full video review can be found here http://www.gameboygeek.com/#!mr-jack/crqwPublished 2 months ago by Game Boy Geek
Very enjoyable 2 player game that requires a good deal of thought to outwit your opponent.Published 2 months ago by garrett spangler
Bought this a couple of months ago and have only played it in the first week. Bought it thinking that its more of an elimination game but turns out its more like chess.Published 3 months ago by Dalena
A great little 2-player match that is great for kids and tolerable for adults... just enough luck to make it anybody's game and just enough planning to reward forward... Read morePublished 3 months ago by southern_boy
Great two-player game that is easy to learn and teach, with a reasonable amount of depth and strategy.Published 3 months ago by J. Lieberman