This may be the best expansion I have ever played simply because it adds to s to the base game while retaining everything good about the base game. -It adds more mechanics. The barricades and sewers add a fresh new feel to a game that comes off the shelf constantly. -It adds new scenarios, a huge plus on a scenario driven game. -It adds to the theme so seamlessly that it could have come with the base set. And, it's huge fun! Simply brilliant - great job Flying Frog!
There is enough going on in this game that a player could pick a different strategy nearly every time they play it, which means a) I can always think of something I should have done differently, and b) I always want to play it again. I love playing this one. The wheel is very innovative and adds to the strategy! This is perhaps my favorite Euro tied with Power Grid.
For the first time since joining BGG six years ago, I tried to give a game a 10.5! BGG wouldn't allow me to do this, and I understand that it would skew the ratings...but the game deserves it!
This is so much fun as a cooperative game. My family called an intermission, intending to continue the next day, but twenty minutes later my daughter sat down next to me and initiated a conversation sorting through all the possibilities that went on until we all decided to take our chances against Holmes.
The game plays absolutely fair, but it IS tricky!
Highly recommended for all who-dunnit fans. The game puts the gamer INTO the mystery!
Lightening fast game play, great mechanics, real strategy, and an awesomely integrated theme make this a favorite! There are good reasons that there have been eight editions of this game! It has definitely withstood the test of time.