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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elementary, My Dear Watson
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...
Published on 11 July 2005

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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". I think younger children would struggle!
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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elementary, My Dear Watson, 11 July 2005
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= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: 221b Baker Street Detective Game (Toy)
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than cluedo, 4 Feb 2009
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, 6 Feb 2009
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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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really fun an challenging, 15 Jan 2014
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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.

The clues are often cleverly crafted so that working out the solution isn't easy without properly thinking about it. We have played several games now with between 2 and 5 players and it is just as fun each time thanks to the variety in the cases on offer.

recommended
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality game, 31 Jan 2009
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Cluedo, 10 May 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent board game, 5 Feb 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 221b Baker Street Detective Game, 10 Jan 2012
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We prefer this game to Cluedo which is similar in that you are required to find the murderer, weapon and scene of the crime. However with this game, instead of eliminating weapons, rooms etc you seek clues from different locations (includes red herrings). Each crime is different and there are 40 crimes to solve in the game but others have been added. This makes it more like the real thing. Unfortunately, additional crimes are difficult to obtain since they are currently out of print, but 40 are plenty to be going on with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars God game, 11 April 2011
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I used this game with my students. They are French and I teach English. It's a really good game and many skills are involved: reading, speaking, explaining to the others....
Fantastic
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