Agatha Christie’s Death on the Cards is a game targeted entirely towards fans of the murder mystery genre in general.
Publisher: Modiphius Entertainment
Designer: Tomas Rawlings
Artist: Stuart Griffin
Game Type: Deduction
Game Type: Card Game
Game Type: Novel-based
Initial Year of Release: 2019
Age Range: 10+
Expected Playtime: 20-40
Number of Players: 2-6
Theme and What is it?
Agatha Christie’s Death on the Cards game is a social deduction game where players are attempting to reveal who among them is the murder. Everyone has dark secrets to hide. For example, someone could have a secret hate (an intense dislike for everyone they work and live with – especially those they play games with).
Players use cards from their hands to manipulate the game state and investigate the secrets of those around them. They can end turns by getting rid of unwanted cards to draw new ones. However, being too aggressive with the discarding has end of game consequences. The murder only wins if the deck runs out without being discovered. So the murder wants to burn through cards quickly, but without making it obvious that they are the target. And the others want to get useful card combination sets to investigate others but without ending the game before their work can pay off.
I love the theme! Agatha Christie is an excellent basis for a murder mystery social deduction game. The box is excellent and the footprint of the game both in storage to a game night and on the table is perfect. I am thrilled to have a chance to see how this plays out. The references to all sorts of literature detectives and quotes from the characters is great for immersion in the game experience.
Game Build Quality
The lid has magnetic snaps to hold the box shut. The insert holds everything brilliantly and even looks like it has enough room for cards to be sleeved and still fit. Player aids are printed on cards, so everything will stay together nicely. Modiphius Entertainment has done a bang-up job making a great product here.
Everything artistic in Agatha Christie’s Death on the Cards is comic like without being childish. The box alone does a great job of conveying the style of the game.
One of the best mechanics of Death on the Cards is that a player can be eliminated by having all their secrets revealed. But they are not out. Their allies can play card effects that flip one of their secrets back down and they can continue playing again. The murder can even win not by wasting all the game time but by revealing everyone else.
Age Range & Weight
10+ is a completely dead on fair rating. The theme is murder mystery and one of the players is the culprit. The gameplay is pretty lightweight and easy to understand. Player interaction is fairly high and mostly based on who to trust and who to distrust/attack. Not in any way that feels overly negative. but still any younger than 10 might not handle that well.
Agatha Christie’s Death on the Cards is a game targeted entirely towards fans of the murder mystery genre in general. It features investigators in such a way to be satisfying to fans who recognize the characters and their various different quotes on the cards. To a general game player who has no thematic draw, Death on the Cards will just be another general social deduction game. The social element is reduced compared to the game mechanics elements. You find hard and true information as you go rather than just based on what others say you come up with your theories on who is lying.
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