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By Hook or Crook

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 60 minutes 3-5

Designer(s): Klaus Teuber

Publisher(s): Avalon Hill

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Product Description

Voted Game of the Year in Germany, this wondrously simple game of logic and deception is sure to captivate your family with hours of fun. Ostensibly a race between eccentric English Lords to acquire esoterica by any means, the antics of their hirelings will recall vivid recollections of the Keystone Cops and entertain you with hours of laughter. It is a game of pure strategy ingeniously derived from the old "rock, paper, scissors" philosophy of game design and will bring you back time and again to a game that defies mastery.

Product Awards

Spiel des Jahres
Game of the Year, 1990
Deutscher Spiele Preis
1st place, 1990

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.5 in 17 reviews

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Laugh Out Loud Thinking-Person's Fun
June 03, 2004

This is probably my favorite game. It's fun. It doesn't take too long. It is hard for me to win it, but when I lose I feel like 'I could've won if I'd only played better,' instead of 'if I'd had better luck.' That especially makes me want to play it again and again. Some of the antiques are so cute that my wife will take them, even if there are better cards she could take. She wins anyway. Often everybody picks a detective at the same time, and then everybody laughs out loud. I like the try-to-read-other-people's-minds aspect of the game very much. The game will be different every time, because it depends so much on what the players are like as people. How many games are there that involve interaction with others, hard-thinking, and laughter, all at once? It's good stuff.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
One of the best play mechanics out there
January 16, 2003

Adel Verpflichtet is one of the most impressive jobs of mixing excellent balanced play with strong mechanics and it's all amazingly built on a foundation of Rock, Paper, Scissors.

I have seen some diehard gamers suggest this game is nothing more than that basic childs game, but that's like suggesting that the Indy 500 is just driving a car.

The theme here works very well. You feel like a snob much of the time and feel like a crook when you're stealing items from another player, etc.

The game pieces and board are excellent. It's easy to learn, teach and play and all moves along at a nice pace. The strategy elements are subtle but essential. This is far from a basic guessing game.

The game is best targeted to moderate gamers who enjoy the social interaction elements gaming brings as opposed to the more intense gamers who are mainly interested in only the game.

In my group, it has yet to fail to provide an excellent play experience.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Tony
December 11, 2002

The game is fantastic. By Hook or Crook embodies

the elements of all great games, it posseses the

need to get more power and the ability to get it

by any means. The ability to steal artwork and to exact revenge on your opponents makes this a game for true gamers. I recommend it for all gamers regardless of age or gender.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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