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Grey Fox Games Deception: Murder in Hong Kong Board Game, Fast Pace Murder Mystery, 20 min, 4-12 Players, Age 14+ ...Who Among You Can See Through The Lies or is Capable of Not Getting Caught
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- A fast paced murder mystery game in which one of the players did it
- Play with as few as 4 or as many as 12 players
- Show off your sleuthing as the forensic scientist
- Comes with over 250 cards for tons of replay ability
- Winner of the Dice Tower Seal of Excellence
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Who among you can see through the lies?
Who is capable of getting away with murder?
n Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, players find themselves in a scenario of intrigue and murder, deduction and deception. One player is the Murderer, secretly choosing their weapon and the evidence they leave behind. Another is the Forensic Scientist who holds the key to convicting the criminal but is only able to express their knowledge through analysis of the scene. The rest are investigators, interpreting the clues to solve the crime – and the killer is among them.
Investigators must collaborate and use their wits, their hunches, and their keen deductive insight to correctly identify the means of murder and the key evidence to convict the killer.
The murderer must mislead and confuse the investigators to save themselves.
Do you have what it takes to see through the lies and catch the criminal in your ranks or will they muddy the waters long enough to get away with murder?
A Quick Glance
- For 4-12 Players
- 20 Minute Playing Time
- Ages 14 and up
- 12 Role cards, 200 Clue cards, 90 Means cards
- 32 Scene Tiles, 11 Badge Tokens, 6 Wooden Bullet Markers
A closer look
The Murderer will select the solution to the crime by identifying the Means of Murder and Key Evidence.
Using clues from the Forensic Scientist, Investigators attempt to crack the case while the Murderer tries to point the investigation toward other players.
Cracking the Case
Investigators get one guess at the crime, staking their badge on finding not only the right suspect, but the right Key Evidence and Means of death.
In Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, players find themselves in a scenario of intrigue and murder, deduction and deception. One player is the murderer, secretly choosing their weapon and the evidence they leave behind. Another is the forensic scientist who holds the key to convicting the criminal but is only able to express their knowledge through analysis of the scene. The rest are investigators, interpreting the clues to solve the crime and the killer is among them.
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I played about 10 games so far (6ppl & 4ppl) and here are my impressions:
- It's really fast (15-30 depending on no. of players) and non gamers can easily pick up and also be really good at this game.
- I love the components and its quality. Though I still used card sleeves to protect the role cards. If murderer card has some distinct damage or fold it will kill the game.
- It's easy to swap away your Forensic Scientist role without affecting the game (if you don't like the role).
- Murderer has much less pressure compared to other games like Resistance. It's really hard to tell who the murderer is from their behaviours as everyone's cards would match some of clues given. Also guessing the murderer won't finish the game as you have to guess the 2 cards completely correctly. So it's much more proper deduction than sniffing out the bad guy(s) which I really like about the game.
- I would say it's slightly easier for murderer to win. It's mainly because some of the clue tiles cannot help to guess some cards at all (e.g. weapon is a poison and clue tile is weather). And you only get to change 2 clue tiles only.
- Definitely would be more fun with large number of players (I think 6-8 would be perfect).
I really really really hope to see an expansion for this game as there are good room for improvements such as adding more cards, roles, events, mechanics. I am not saying this game is not great yet but I can see that it can become even greater game with more stuff. Please make an expansion !!
The premise of the game is that a murder has taken place, and the killer tries to mislead the investigators while hiding among them. Each player is randomly assigned a character role, and randomly dealt 4 evidence cards and weapon cards. The player assigned the role of Forensic Scientist silently uses cards and markers to try to guide the investigators to their win condition - identify the killer, key evidence, and weapon.
It's a very easy game to learn, and equally easy to teach. When there are six or more players in it, additional player roles can boost the complexity to make the web of deceit more difficult to untangle. With four to five players, the game is still fun, but often easier for investigators. The visual aesthetic to the game is pretty great - very clear, creative, mature.
I'd strongly recommend this game - great for a social night with friends, no matter their familiarity with board games, and accommodating anywhere from 4-12 players.
The game is great, and really fast as a game can take 20-40 minutes to play. I prefer playing with a 6 player count as the witness and accomplice add a lot to the game. The abstract nature of the game allows players to make outlandish leaps about what the clues the forensic scientist is giving. This is funny as sometimes those outlandish leaps do not involve the killer or accomplice.
Top reviews from other countries
Ruins the theme and now have the hassle of returning the item.
However, it really doesn't detract from the core game-play mechanics, which are excellent. You'd be VERY hard pressed to find an English/Chinese copy in the UK (or Europe) without having to import it from the US, often doubling the price.
The Game-play is somewhat group dependent (6+ players is almost a necessity) and goes down best with people who are conversational and enjoy interacting with others.
I strongly recommend Deception, regardless of what language variant you own!