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221b Baker Street Detective Game

by Gibsons Games
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • The finest detective game ever devised
  • Join Sherlock Holmes to solve forty intriguing cases
  • Age 10+
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Technical Details
Item Weight921 g
Product Dimensions37.3 x 30.2 x 5.8 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:10 years and up
Item model number5012269003291
  
Additional Information
ASINB00067U6R4
Best Sellers Rank 5,582 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight921 g
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Date First Available1 Jan 2006
  
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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

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221B Baker Street is the London address of the world's most celebrated fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his dedicated companion, Dr. Watson. In this detective game you start at 221B and travel through the streets and alleys of London picking up clues and attempting to solve the most intriguing cases Holmes and Watson have ever faced.

Each player assumes the role of Holmes and matches wits with the other players to determine who possesses the most skilful powers of deduction. The game includes 40 cases and each case is represented by a card that features a crime told in story form, a selection of probable suspects and a list of locations involved in that crime.

Clues are hidden throughout London, one in each of fourteen locations. Players must collect clues from each location, noting them down on their checklists as they attempt to find the answers to the questions listed on the case card.

Naturally, the crime scene will often contain vital clues, and a prudent detective always checks with the neighbours. Still, you can learn something vital almost anywhere in town. The first player to figure out the correct answers to a particular mystery or crime, return to 221B and announce the solution, is the winner.

For 2-6 players age 10+. Game takes 60-90 minutes to play.



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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elementary, My Dear Watson 11 July 2005
By A Customer
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For ages, I've been looking for a decent boardgame that you can play with just two people (so many need three players or teams) - and finally I've found it! 221B is an excellent, thought-provoking game, ideal for anyone who enjoys games such as Cluedo.
221b Baker street is a very simple game to understand, with very few rules, so you can start playing very quickly instead of having to read your way through an instruction booklet the size of your local telephone directory. The game comes with 40 different cases, and it's your job, as Sherlock, to solve them.
Each case is detailed on a card, and tells the story of a crime, detailing the probable suspects and a list of important locations. Clues are hidden at each of fourteen locations on the board. Players must collect these clues and deduce their answers from these, in order to solve the crime.
Some of the clues are very easy, while others take a little more thought and deduction, meaning it's probably not suitable for young children to play. The box recommends it being suitable for ages 10+. An average game with four players lasts around 1hour20 minutes.
As there are only forty cases, there will be a point when there are no more crimes left to solve, however, I understand that extra 'booster boxes' are available.
Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than cluedo 4 Feb 2009
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
this board game was a game that my girlfriend used to play when she was a kid. I bought it for her as an christmas present and I had never played it before. I it a brilliant game a bit similar to cluedo but far better as there is more variety and more of a skill level in trying to slove the clues. There 40+ mysteries to slove so that's good value for money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game 6 Feb 2009
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A great game with a larger variety per play than in any other board game available. Cludeo is completley trumped in every way with this clever but easy to learn mystery board game.
You will not be dissapointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Cluedo 10 May 2011
By GB
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Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
If you like Cluedo you will like this - although it may not be suitable for younger players (under 10?) as a little bit more skill is required. Basically you start with a puzzle to solve and then move from location to location getting clues. Each time you enter a location you read a clue in the booklet corresponding to the puzzle that you are doing - so only YOU read the clue when you enter the location. The clue may or may not be useful. You are also able to block and unlock locations with the use of "keys" - this allows you to bluff and double-bluff your opponents into thinking there may be some reason for them to visit the location (when there isn't!). You can also take short cuts from some locations to another location. A good mixture of luck and skill - luck in that it involves dice and you never know whether you are going to get a useful clue or not; skill in that you have to interpret the clues (which can have double meanings and are not straight forward) and use the short-cuts available to move to different locations quicker and by bluffing your opponents by locking a location. Once you run out of puzzles to solve you can buy additional puzzles to use on the same gaming board. A game for 2 players can take about 1 hour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, like Cludo but way deeper. 4 Aug 2011
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
What an excellent game! Not really child friendly as is aimed at adults (Well maybe really smart kids as-well?)
It's like Cludo in the fact that you have to solve a mystery, apart from that this game is on another level. Read aloud the scenario and what you have been hired to do (a Murder or maybe stolen jewels etc...) Roll the dice to move your character to different locations on the board to get clues. Mark them off and keep thinking about the opening scenario as that has hidden clues in there too. You could have to say (for example) work out Why the victim was murdered, how they were murdered and by whom.
Or on another case, Who stole the Jewels, how they broke in and escaped and where they are now. Much more in-depth than Cludo!

Would recommend. (The more players the better)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality game 31 Jan 2009
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is brilliant and is along the same lines as Cluedo. You are Sherlock Holmes and you are given a crime to solve, which someone reads out to you, telling you what you need to find out. You roll a dice to move to different buildings around the board which may, or may not, give you clues towards finding out what you need to know. Once you think you know the answers about the crime you head back to 221b Baker Street to reveal your answer. If your right you win, if not, well you know. There are a good number of crimes to solve and it can get very competitive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant game gets you thinking 11 Feb 2012
By kirky
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
this is a really good game gets you thinking, but i feel its a bit tedious keep having to pick up the booklet for the clues, maybe there should be a clue booklet for each player would cut down waiting time in between moves especially when there is only two players. but saying that all round good game i would reccomend this game if you want to stretch your brain a bit
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent board game 5 Feb 2012
By trinalm
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I am a big fan of strategy board games and received this game for Christmas 2011. It is an excellent game, similar idea to Cluedo but with much more detail involved. Games last approximately an hour with 3 players but can be played with only 2 with just as much enjoyment. The different clues mean more thinking and strategy required to solve the game such as finding the motive rather than just who did it and where which is much more enjoyable than Cluedo. A very clever, well thought out game for a range of ages.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Cluedo! Move up to this great game.
Great board game for early teens and up. If you and your children loved Cluedo then now they have matured this is now another great family game. Read more
Published 3 days ago by NG Family
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
Love the game plenty of sorry lines to play
Published 1 month ago by Mr. J. W. R. Skelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good. More for older members of the family. 11 year old lost interest half way through
Published 1 month ago by Pammie
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy!
Got this for a present for my boyfriend for Christmas. We've played it lots and it's very in-depth and entertaining! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sophia
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dastardly Game Afoot!
This is a mixture of a Cluedo like game and the Sherlock Holmes Puzzle Collection book.
I would have preferred it to have come in a smaller box - the board folds down square... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Unicorn
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite complicated and time consuming
Found this game quite complicated, I'm a big Sherlock fan but was a little disappointed as it seemed to be more down to luck than using your "detective skills". Read more
Published 5 months ago by sharkyandgeorge
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Detective Game
A little like Cluedo. Use your powers of deduction in order to find out who the murder was commited by.
Published 7 months ago by MR PETER G WHIFFING
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I gave this game to my 14-year-old nephew. We played with 2 other players and had no fun :-(
We found the clues very difficult and it was simply boring to play that game. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Isabelle Lanoe
4.0 out of 5 stars really fun an challenging
This is a great board game. The board is designed well so you have to plan your routes carefully to get to all of the locations in as few rolls as possible. Read more
Published 7 months ago by RetroJohn
4.0 out of 5 stars Played One Game So Far
There are 40 games/scenarios to play on this board game. The board game itself is a little slow, if only because just one die is provided. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lesley Wells
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