P.I.

This puzzly deduction game designed by Martin Wallace brings more meat to the table than a lot of other deduction games. Instead of being a race for the players to be the first one to solve a single case, each player has a different case they have been assigned to solve. The game is played over three rounds, adding bonuses and penalties between all rounds to find out which player is the best investigator.

The case each player is trying to solve is based on three cards held by the opponent to the right. It is comprised of the location, the type of crime, and the perpetrator. Using evidence cards or limited detective tokens you will try to figure out which of the elements shown on the board are yours. Each of the elements are unique so if someone finds an answer it helps you indirectly.

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Over the course of all three rounds you have five investigator tokens you can use. If you choose to use one on your turn it is placed at any location on the board. If elements of your case are at that location you will be told to place a disc. If there are elements of your case at adjacent locations then you will place cubes.

If instead you decide to use one of the evidence cards, then you will learn less information but still keep tokens for later. For example  if you were to select the location card, Central Station, then your opponent on the right would check to see if that was the correct answer. If correct you would be told to put a disc on that location. However, if the correct element (in this case location) is adjacent you would put down a cube. One of the best scenarios however is if the correct answer is not there or adjacent. In which case you keep the card to indicate that you have eliminated all of those from consideration.

On your turn you can also try to solve your case. If you are correct on all counts then you will get the bonus depending on if you were first to solve or how much longer it took you to solve yours. Or if you got any of it wrong you will get a small penalty that will follow you to the end. Quite a lot of the time it is worth risking this small penalty for the more points you would get for solving your case quickly.

The game winds up being an interesting puzzle of eliminating bits and pieces  so  you can find the answer. Since the game is played over multiple rounds, it also reduces the likelihood one player will win because they wound up having a case that was easy to solve. If you are ready for a deduction game that makes you flex your thinker than give this game a try!