GenCon 51 Preview: Detective from Portal Games

From the publisher:

In Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game you are going to solve FIVE different cases and find out what connects them, you are going to BREAK THE 4th WALL by using every resource you can, you are going to browse the game's DEDICATED DATABASE simulating agency's resources, you will enter a city maze of old mysteries and fresh CRIME, and you will be able to COOPERATE with other agents or solve the mystery on your own.

Take the job of a real detective in a modern setting! In Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game, 1-5 players take on the role of investigators, solving mysterious crimes while working as an Antares National Investigation Agency team member. This board game tells rich stories - stories you will participate in. Let's hope that you will be able to deduce the end, before there is another crime... The game will challenge you with five different cases, that has to be played in order. Seemingly unconnected at first, they will unveil an immersive meta-plot based on facts and fiction alike.

Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game brings classic, card-based, puzzle-solving gameplay into the 21st century with the introduction of online elements. You will gain access to the online Antares database that contains data about suspects, witnesses, and documentation from arrests and trials related to your case. Use every tool at your disposal to solve these crimes - consult the Internet, check the facts and constantly discover new clues. You are not playing a detective; you ARE a detective!

Why I Am Interested in It

The combination of using a traditional way to play (a physical board game) and the online aspect intrigues me on how it enhances the enjoyment of the game. There's a proprietary database through the developer you use. However, in an interview with Board Game Geek at the GAMA show this year, Luke Otfinowski from Portal games also mentioned going to Wikipedia and sites like that. I don't mind issuing apps away from the board as long at it makes sense and improves gameplay. Ultimately, it sounds like you'll be utilizing similar tools that real detectives use to solve cases. All that's missing is a fingerprint kit.

And the theme is right up my alley. Most likely I'll be doing Detective solo, so if the length of one scenario is around 3 hours, then getting 15-20 hours out of a $50 (price from the GenCon preview listing) game is well worth it. Some of us pay more for a video game that late the same amount of time or less! Plus, all the single missions combine into one full campaign. That adds more to the endgame content.

Can’t wait to see this game in person. Portal Games will have Detective for sale at their booth located at 1850.

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