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Store:  Family Games
Theme:  Crime
Format:  Board Games

Don Pepe

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 30 minutes 3-6

Designer(s): Dominique Ehrhard

Publisher(s): Parker Germany

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Product Description

Picture the scene: the back room of a downtown Chicago restaurant owned by the Mob. Outside, the rain is coming down so hard, alley cats are surfing in the gutter. Inside, things couldn't be more different -- this is Prohibition and throats are dry... very dry.

Don Carlo's invitation didn't say much, but you can only say "yes" when he calls. The word on the street is that every Boss and members of every family from every neighborhood are gonna be there. You better hope nothing's gonna spoil the party. But then who can resist the warm glow of a shot of Bourbon at the Boss's table on a night like this? Just come prepared. And remember: load your gun before you fill your glass. Someone's gonna settle the score.

Product Information


  • 1 gameboard
  • 60 cards
  • bank notes
  • 48 gangster figures
  • 6 cakes
  • 18 drowsy tokens
  • 6 menu cards
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.3 in 3 reviews

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I'll make you an offer you can't refuse
March 26, 2002

I am a HUGE fan of this game. The reason I dont give it 5 stars, as there isnt alot of strategy and the game is more of a filler than anything else. The game is heavy on theme, its fun to wipe your friends out.

Think of it as Family business with a little more strategy.

Recommended if you like MOB GAMES.

by David
A game with exploding cakes has got to be good.
April 07, 2000

Good clean family fun. Try to kill all the other players. This is not a deep strategy game; it is a fun family game in the vein of Guillotine. Very light but fun nonetheless. You play mobsters sitting around a table knocking each other off. Guns, knives, poison and exploding cakes that can take out 3 at a time are the weapons used. There is a lot of seat shuffling as everybody tries to get the valuable chairs or get out of the way of the exploding cakes. All in all a most enjoyable game.

Fun Family game from Germany's Hasbro
January 07, 2000

This game is pure and simple fun. The Counter review above does a great job of explaining the game. If you've ever played Guillotine (and like it), you'll love this game. The rules are simple enough that you don't need the guide cards that come with the game. As an aside, those guide cards are written in German, but all the other (playing) cards used in the game have no writing on them (pictures only) and are self explanatory. The rules translation provided with the game is adequate. One reading and you'll be ready to explain the game to others and start playing away.

If the theme of a game like Guillotine puts you off (lopping off heads), then the theme in Don Pepe won't thrill you either (where you kill off your opponents with guns, knives, poison, and exploding cakes). It's all in good fun though and doesn't lessen the rating given to this game. There's a fair amount of luck in the game through the cards you draw, but there's some strategy to be found in the placing of your gang and the play of your cards in hand. The game plays quickly with various ways to reach its conclusion. Either the money runs out or only one gang's members remains. The player with the highest money total wins. This is nice since you can get eliminated first and still have a chance at winning if you have the most money.

The quality of the parts is up to German standards with everything having its proper place for storage in the box (low fart-factor). This is a great game that will be pulled out as a filler or starter game for many a games night. It plays fast and you can get two games done in under an hour if nobody ponders the strategies too deeply.

For what this game presents itself to be, I have to give it a 99db on the Mulder Meter. It deserves five stars as a lighthearted, fun, and easy game to play with good replayability. I'd recommend it as an addition to your gaming collection whether you have kids or not.

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