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- New kind of "whodunit" game
- Use deduction and intuition
- Collaborative game
- Beautifully rendered board and pieces
- Constant interaction
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For those who like this type of game, it is very entertaining and has a high replay value. I have played it three times in two months with the same set of people and no two games were the same in any way, other than setting, etc. A fun game.
Three to six players take on the role of traveling monks who visit an abbey where a murder has taken place. There are 24 monks that inhabit the abbey, each one a suspect. Like Clue, each suspect has a card, one of which is secretly chosen and placed under the board. The remaining suspect cards are divided among the players or put in a special room on the board. The remaining suspects are divided into a variety of categories such as their order, their title, and whether they are fat or thin, bearded or clean-shaven, hooded or unhooded. These differentiations are critical to forming an impression of who the killer is. Starting in the chapel, players may move about the board and conduct their own investigations. They can go to confessional, where they can take a card from the last player to visit. They can visit the crypt, the library, or the scriptorium, where special bonus cards await them. Or they can sneak into the living quarters of the other players and attempt to see one of their cards. If caught, however, the offending player must go back to the chapel and do penance, losing a turn.
One of the really cool mechanics of the game, however, is the questioning. When ending your movement in a room with another player, you may ask them virtually any question about their hand. The other player may choose not to answer, or if they do may ask the original player a question in turn.Read more ›
All contents of the game box, including the board, pieces, and suspect sheets, are high-quality and help create the Abbey setting. However, it is the action cards that continually add twists making each game a unique experience.
Days of Wonder does provide a link on their website which allows you to print out new suspect cards in full color if you use all the ones. If you like Clue, you will like Mystery of the Abbey.
Better than Clue (because, really, if you were the killer, wouldn't you know?), Mystery of the Abbey is based on the same sort of premise: Using the process of elimination, find the killer. The suspects fall into a number of categories, and everyone tries to win points and figure out who did it before everyone else. We like the design of the abbey, and the functions of the different rooms.
Although the pieces and board are beautiful, and well-designed (a hallmark of Days of Wonder), we were disappointed with the tear-off, single-use score sheets - what are we supposed to do when we run out? Couldn't they have devised a re-usable system? The question/answer phase was often useless and tedious. Also, we've deliberately lost the card that requires you to chant for four turns.
There is a lot of variations of the rules, some of them at the official site. I'll try the variations next time.
I didn't give it a 5 out of 5 because there are some aspects of the game that go unused before it is not necessary if you know the best strat for completing your suspect list. I still recommend it, especially for anyone that loved Guess Who when they were young, and Clue when they were a little older, this is the next generation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really fun game! Finally another game I can win against my sister! This is a creative spin on the game clue with a little guess who. I would buy this again!Published 1 month ago by Brianna Cowart
Our family has definitely enjoyed playing Mystery of the Abbey and recommend it to those that enjoy Clue but want a little more challenge to it!!Published 4 months ago by emily earehart
I played this game a couple of times, and I like it a lot. "It's like clue, but easier" one friend said. Read morePublished 7 months ago by msbronco
My full video review can be found here http://www.gameboygeek.com/#!mystery-of-the-abbey/c1z09Published 8 months ago by Game Boy Geek
Played this a few times and it is a lot of fun, if you ever enjoyed Clue as a kid, you wont be disappointed.Published 9 months ago by SEAN FLOEGEL
This game is quite good, however there is a mechanic that makes lots of new players dislike the game, that being the moving of the bell and penance.Published 12 months ago by Sam McGrath