This year Sunday 25th June is National Unplugging Day. A day to go electrical free and down you phone, iPad and all things electrical and spend time with your family. Ravensburger have some amazing family games to help you have lots fun with the family that don’s involve an app, a controller or the internet.
We have had the chance to try out a game before Sunday called Scotland Yard. It is a aimed at children aged 8 + and needs ideally 3-6 players, you can play with 2 players if you need to but it’s not as good as Kaitlin and Jack found out. The game comes with 2 sets of instructions a beginners version and a normal version.
1 Games Board, 6 Playing Pieces, 29 Start Cards, 130 Transportation tickets (57 taxi, 43 bus, 23 underground and 5 Black tickets) 3 double move tickets, 5 ticket boards for detectives, 1 travel log for Mister X, 1 Visor for Mister X, 2 Rings for the police.
We played the beginners version first and I’m glad we did as its gives you the basics of how to play the full version which is a lot more complicated.
Game Idea for Beginners version:
Mister X travels across London trying to shake off Scotland Yard and avoid being caught. If Mister X manages to elude the detectives for 13 rounds without getting caught, Mister X wins! You have to be a particularly clever detective to catch Mister X. If you manage to arrive at the same station as Mister X, you’ll win the game.
Actual reality of playing – The game took us a while to get into, and I would recommend that an adult plays Mister X as you have to be tactical in your moves. Mister X is in effect playing against all the detectives so they can talk to each other and work together to trap Mister X and land at his station or stop him from moving stations. The beginners version only uses Bus and taxi for modes of transport which helps keep the game reined in and under control.
We played through this version several times changing up who Mister X was and Neil was the best at it, he is really tactical like that so was good playing on both side. Jacks aged 9 took a while to understand what the aim of the game was and get to grips with how to move but he is much more confident now.
The full version is a lot harder than the beginners version and you have 22 rounds not 13. Mister X also has a lot more power so you have to be super tactical on both sides. The advantage with this version is the additional counters become police men with no restrictions and you play those together as detectives.
Game Idea for Full Version:
Mister X is on the run in London travelling by taxi, bus and underground. Only particularly clever detectives will be able to catch Mister X. Mister X tries to stay one step ahead of the detectives and keep them guessing until the last move of the game. The detectives try to pick up the trail and track down Mister X.
Actual reality of playing – The big difference with this version is that you play 22 rounds and also you have limited moves on each mode of transport. You have 4 underground tickets, 8 bus tickets and 11 taxi tickets for you moves. Mister X is also transparent and marks his location on the travel log all you know is the mode of transport he has used to get there, he does have to show his location though after 3rd, 8th, 13th 18th and 24th(this would be if special moved cards are used).
As you can see just of a brief description there is so much more to the full version and it can get quite complicated. Myself and Neil had to read the instruction carefully a few times over before playing and I still think we did things wrong.
The game overall is really good and I think once you actually get all the rules in your head it will be a fun family game to play. For now though we are sticking to the beginners version so Jack can play along and feel apart of the game, we may add in the underground as we go along. It is the type of game that you can tweak the rules to suit the players which helps us as a family.
This is certainly a game you need to concentrate and be tactical on so works brilliantly with the National Unplugging Day. I hope your family join in and ditch all those electricals, maybe even switch your router off as well so no temptations.
You can buy Scotland Yard from all good toy shops and Amazon