Kill Doctor Lucky
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The Director's Cut is here! Kill Doctor Lucky: Director's Cut is a new twist on the old favorite, including funnier Failure Cards, an extra game board, and an expanded rulebook featuring director's commentary from James Ernest. Don't worry, we haven't changed a thing about the original game. We've just added a bunch of new features to make you seriously consider buying it all over again.
Why do all mystery games start just after all the fun is over?
Welcome to the J. Robert Lucky mansion, a sprawling country estate just ten miles north of nowhere. It's a fine country home, chock full of unusual weapons, good hiding places, and craven killers. Killers like you.
The object? Kill Doctor Lucky. Find a weapon, track the old man down, and do him in. The obstacles? For one thing, all of your friends would rather do it first. For another, Doctor Lucky is aptly named. You would think that after being stabbed, hung, poisoned, and poked in the eye, the Old Doctor would just lie down and accept his fate. But he's got more lives than Rasputin, and an uncanny knack for dodging your best traps.
Stick to it. Persevere. The Doctor's luck won't last forever. Before the night is over, someone is going to kill Doctor Lucky. And it might as well be you.
Game Synopsis: Everyone starts in the Drawing room, and everyone wants to kill Doctor Lucky. Players move around the mansion looking for weapons and trying to catch the old man alone. Trying to kill the Doctor is pretty easy, but every other player can play Failure cards to stop you. Doctor Lucky's luck runs out eventually, though, and you just hope you can catch him when it does.
Kill Dr. Lucky is a quick but fun game to be played with just about any group of people you know.
Everyone wants to kill Dr. Lucky. That's the easy part.
The only correction the game needs is the following rule: If at any time Dr. Lucky would give an extra turn (he lands in the room with a person in it), the player only gets the turn when NO ONE else is in that room. This keeps the game from being one person's romp around the board, getting all the cards in the deck, as has happened before this rule went into effect in my playgroup.
I was going back and forth between a four and five star review. I enjoy the game very much, and I feel that the moderate amount of movement card strategy enhances the simple mechanics. The game is, however, highly luck based and prone to extended (at least for this type of game) playing times when players try to be too strategic. My choice of a five star rating comes down to the fact that I have played this game with a wide range of people (from serious gamers to non-gamers), and all have enjoyed it tremendously. Definitely worth picking up.
If you're just now looking into Cheapass Games to add to your collection, Kill Dr. Lucky is the place to start. Easily one of the most popular games I play, there are enough variants to come up with to keep this game going all night, if that's your desire.
I only wish they would have printed the cards on higher stock, like the cards in Save Dr. Lucky. I suppose if you so desired, you could have them laminated. And the new boxes are GREAT. I highly recommend.