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"The great thing about Criminals is that it's very deductive based on a large set of known information, which feels really good and new for players that already love similar games." --The Escapist

"Despite the similarities to Werewolf, Criminals is definitely worthy in its own right due to the rich subtleties of the "tells" and "bluffing" and its ability to play with 5 or 6." --Boardgamegeek Review

A crime wave hits the city. The police round up the usual suspects: including you. In order to escape prison, you’ll have to accuse your fellow criminals of the crimes under investigation.

Criminals is a psychological party card game for 3-9 players, in the style of such games as Mafia/Werewolf and The Resistance, from the game design team of Origins Award-winning and Spiel Des Jahres-recommended game designer Kory Heath (ZendoWhy Did The Chicken…?Uptown/Blockers) and Origins Award-winning and Ennie Award-winning game designer Dave Chalker (Get Bit!)

Each player is dealt a crime, with an extra crime belonging to the mysterious Crime Boss. Each round, a random crime will come up under investigation. Interrogate and accuse each other to try to figure out who is guilty of the crime, or if it could be the Crime Boss. If you are accused and are guilty, you’re eliminated from the game. If you have an alibi for the crime, you’re given the chance to try and snitch on who you think committed the crime. If you’re snitch correctly, you win, but otherwise, you’re eliminated. The game ends when someone snitches correctly, all but one player are eliminated, or if anyone is brave enough to try and confront the Crime Boss with his crime.

Criminals is an update/re-release of the original version from 2007. This edition of Criminals features improved game play, heavy development and playtesting, refined rules, and new graphic design of full color cards.

Fast Facts

  • 3-9 Players
  • 5-30 Minute Playtime
  • Ages 13+
  • Psychological Party Game
  • Great for fans of Werewolf or The Resistance, with its own unique twists, where the hunted players change from round to round
  • More Information on BoardGameGeek
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March 2nd, 2013
I've enjoyed Werewolf and many other variations, and Criminals is my favorite. It's fascinating, the decisions that players make thorough the game. Even when down to two players, there are still interesting decisions. [...]
February 14th, 2013
Psychological Party Games are not my preferred genre, but of that genre this is my preferred game. Offering a bit more tangible evidence to work off then other in the genre I have experienced, Criminals is an excellent game for anyone that loves the ge [...]
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