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13 Dead End Drive Board Game
- The Mystery Game with 12 suspects, 5 traps and Only 1 Survivor
- For ages 9 and up for 2 to 4 players
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|Item Dimensions||—||8.13 x 26.67 x 26.67 cm||28.58 x 7.62 x 28.58 cm||26.8 x 40.41 x 5.21 cm||37 x 5.5 x 27 cm||5.08 x 20 x 26.03 cm|
|Number of Players||—||3-6 Players||2 to 7||2-6 Players||3 - 6||3 to 8|
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A bluffing game where you try to conceal your identity. On your turn you move two of the character pawns on the board. Movement is decided by dice. The board is a 3D house with several traps. If you move a character to a trap space, you may spring the trap if you have the corresponding card in your hand. You can bluff by moving your opponents' characters towards the entrance or moving your own character onto a trap space, but not release it. The portrait above the fireplace contains cards for each character plus Aunt Agatha. When you roll doubles, you may change the portrait. You can win the game in three different ways: 1) If you can move your own game counter out of the house when it's the same as the portrait on the wall. 2) If your game counter is the last surviving. 3) If your game counter's portrait is on the wall when the detective enters the main entrance.
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There is assembly required. When you first get the board game it can take some time to put all the pieces together. You get everything packed flat but you have to assemble the whole back wall of the house with clips that hold everything to the main board. You also have to assemble the traps. It isn't hard to set this game up once you are used to it, but it did take me about 20 minutes the first time as I wasn't sure where everything had to go.
Once you've got the whole board set up though it's stunning to look at and you can get ready to play the game.
STORY BEHIND GAME:
All the counters of the people sit around on the chairs in the room in the centre when you first start the game, apart from the detective who is placed at the start of the path to the house. You can play the game with 2-4 players and it's a lot of fun because unlike with some board games you're free to move any counter you like and in any direction.
The basic idea of the game is that Aunt Agatha(?-can't remember of the top of my head if that's her name) has died and each of the counters represents someone who could get her inheritance - The butler, maid, best friend, gardener, driver, hair dresser, boyfriend, fortune teller, tennis coach, chef, doctor and her cat! (I hope I haven't missed any out) Everyone wants her inheritance and the there are several ways to get it.
There are several ways to win this inheritance. First there's a portrait on the wall which can change to show any one of the characters faces. If your character's portrait is in frame (you control several characters yourself) you can win by moving your character to the front door of the house. You can also win by bumping off the other characters and being the only one left in the mansion or by the detective walking up to the front door in which case the winner will be whoever's portrait is in the frame at the time.
It sounds complicated to play but it really isn't. Once you understand the rules it's quite easy to get into and a lot of fun. You get to control all the counters so you could be trying to leave the mansion while another player keeps moving you over to the trap to be killed! The characters are divided evenly between the players but you only know some of the characters you are playing, to make it a fair and funny game (others are kept on cards face down in front of you) so there's fun in not knowing if you're bumping off your own character or someone else's.
This board game is very durable and the counters are made of a thick cardboard - they have to be as they have to withstand being 'killed'. The traps that you can get your characters onto to be killed, such as the staircase or the chandelier are fun to set up and watch and despite the heaviness or complexity of some traps (when you look at them) the counters definitely survive being pounded with little impact.
I will say that it's important to find a complete and working game of 13 Dead End Drive because if you don't then you might have issues with springing some traps and it just won't be so fun to play.
This is a really fun game to play and has a really stunning board. The game is really absorbing and funny. Springing the traps to 'kill' the other characters can be really funny, it's definitely a lot more fun than just saying the character fell into the fireplace, to actually watch the character stand by the fireplace and then flip a switch and they disappear through it!
I'd recommend this game to everyone. It can be played with 2 players and will need some assembly each time. It can also take some time to learn the rules the first time you play, but it's not overly complicated, just a different sort of game. Kids could easily learn it and I'm still playing this game long after it first was created!!! (15-20+ years ago - not sure how old)
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easy, simple to play with multiple ways to win. too bad they stopped making it, we had to buy used.