In this 2-player game, settled in dark and gloomy London, eight characters (investigators) try to identify which one of them is (the hiding) Jack the Ripper. The eight characters are controlled alternately by the the two players, whereby one player acts as a detective (trying to unmask Jack the Ripper) and the other one playing the part of the criminal (trying to finally escape).
The design of the board and the tokens fits to the topic very well and is kept in an appealing comic style. The production quality of the whole gaming material is excellent, thick cardboard has been used not only for the board itself but also for the different tokens needed in the game.
In each of the eight turns each player has to move two (out of eight available) characters, trying to optimize the positions of the persons for the particular goal (depending on being Jack or being the detective). The characters can be moved around the board ending up either in the light (near a street lamp or another person) or in the dark - and at certain times during the game the Jack-player has to tell if the character who is Jack is standing in the light or in the dark, giving the detective player the chance to narrow down the possibilities and finally maybe even catch Jack.
The rules for Mr Jack are simple - and after a couple of games you even know the special ability of each character by hard, so it is quite easy to start playing. Nevertheless it will take a lot more games to become a good player, and it is really fun to improve the strategy for both roles (Jack & Detective) each time you play. A thrilling game of deduction and bluffing with nearly no luck involved, offering endless different possibilities how gameplay unfolds.
The night covers the gloomy alleys with darkness and only a few corners are still illuminated by the gaslights. Eight investigators have gathered to catch the cunning Jack the Ripper. But Jack is in fact cleverly impersonating one of them.
In Mr. Jack, one of the players must help the investigators. By moving each character into light or shadow, the detective player makes successive deductions to uncover which investigator is in fact Jack, then he/she must try to catch the infamous ripper.
The opponent, playing Jack, must do his best to delay the investigation. He can even try to use the darkness to secretly flee the district!
A thrilling game for two players!
Winner of the 2007 International Gamers Award
2 players, 30 min
author: bruno cathala & ludovic maublanc
publisher: hurrican, heidelberger spieleverlag
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