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Sleuth


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  • Solve the Mystery of the Missing Gems!
  • The simplicity of the rules and the cards belies the complexity of the game
  • Game can be played with 3-7 players
  • GAMES Magazine Family Game Nominee 2005
  • Ages 10 and up
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  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 5 inches ; 14.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005YLEC
  • Item model number: 819763
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,547 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Sleuth has arrived! Sleuth is the fascinating detective game in which players call upon their powers of deduction and logic to discoverthe identity of the missing gem. Through strategic questioning, each player gathers his bits of information, then skillfully welds them together to form the clues which will provide the solution to the mystery. Clever question and skillful deductions, combined with some plain old-fashioned luck, will make Sleuth an absorbing game for 3 to 7 players. Out of print for two decades, this classic Sackson design is now available with all new artwork and in multiple languages. Nominee for the Games Magazine Games 100 Family Game Award and the Parents' Choice Award. Number of Players: 3-7 Age: 8+ Playing Time: 45+ minutes Game Language: English Rules Language: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Evans on December 17, 2008
My sister and I loved to play this game in high school, roughly 25 years ago.... It needs at least 3 people to make it a real game. Its a tough mind puzzle... My daughters grew up playing this, and are now in college. Buying it for them now to share with their housemates.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Dodson on May 27, 2011
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This game is fun to play once in a while, but it is not a game to play casually. It takes a lot of focus, and new players have some difficulty learning the concepts.
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We were introduced to this game by my sister maybe 8 years ago, when she gave us a set for Christmas. It's relatively easy game play, easy to understand and fun to play. You get 2 deck of cards, one with 36 cards (gem cards), each representing one of 4 colors (red, green, blue or yellow), one of 3 gem types (diamonds, pearls or opals) and 3 groupings (solitaires, pairs, or clusters), the other deck are the 54 clue cards (search deck) that tell you what kind of questions you will be asking. You also get a rule book and a pad of Investigation sheets, where you will write down you notes on the clues that you will gather. The more players you have, the longer the game will take to play. With 3 players, one game will take about 15-20 minutes. Play with 6 players and the game will take hours. Highly recommended by this family as a game. If you like playing the game clue, without having to worry about moving squares and such, this is the game for you. That being said, this product is not exactly the game advertised...

This game has been around since 1971, so there are multiple different releases. All the games play the same, and should afford the same fun, but the look and quality of the cards have changed through the different versions. I can only speak from my personal experience of 3 different versions. VERSION #1 is owned by my sister. It is the oldest of the 3 versions and the one we play with when we are invited to my sister's house for dinner. It has the simplest layout for the cards and we find it hard to tell the colors green and blue apart on the "Gem" cards in low to moderate lighting. We have a flashlight handy at the table for people to use to make sure of the color they are looking at. The instruction booklet is simple, but functional.
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By Elijah on December 10, 2011
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I used to play this game as a kid with my parents. It was a version from the 70s or 80s. I was excited to find a brand new version. It's exactly what I wanted, the same game, very elequent style, definently worth the price if you're looking for a fun clue like game.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Godly Gadfly on May 2, 2013
Sleuth is a classic deduction game by legendary designer Sid Sackson, and first appeared in 1971. It's gone through several editions over the years, including the highly recognizable original edition from 3M, as well as editions from Avalon Hill (1981), Face2Face Games (2004), and most recently from Gryphon Games as part of their Sid Sackson Signature Series (2012). Sackson was an amazing game designer, and in Sleuth he took the core deductive elements from the classic detective game Clue, and distilled their essence into a pure deduction game, producing what is arguably one of the best ever in the genre.

The basic concept of the game is that one card is removed from a deck of 36 gems, and the aim is to be the first player to use deduction to figure out the missing card. Each of the cards in the gem deck is one of four colours (red/yellow/green/blue), three types (diamond/opal/pearl), and three settings (solitaire/pair/cluster), making for exactly 36 unique combinations that are possible. The remaining cards in the gem deck are dealt to the players, and then players use cards drawn from a Search deck to ask other players questions about their cards in hand, tracking information on an information matrix in order to eliminate possibilities and figure out the missing gem. Unlike Clue, which has a generous dollop of luck through dice rolling and movement, Sleuth relies on pure deduction and logic.

While the traditional and classic Clue is more suited to families with children, anyone who enjoys serious deduction and logic puzzling will find that Sleuth is by far the superior game when judged on that level.
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