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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.
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.
This game is a great game. It does have a strong element of luck, but is above rock paper and scissors. We have tried playing with random players, and these positions lose (even when it is hidden knowledge that they are playing randomly).
There are two elements of strategy that are clear:
- playing the most logical move. As one person complains in another review- you can move from behind rapidly by using a detective against a thief. However, this is a strategy, that works to win- deliberately fall behind in the knowledge you will play a detective to catch up. There are a number of such strategies available to players, and each of them has merits and subtlety. There are some real strategies to be uncovered, even though they are certainly mitigated by luck.
- psychologically figuring out your opponents. If you can figure out the pschology of your opponents, you will always win this game. Since people are unpredictable it is not easy- but there are certainly patterns, and if you can deduce the patterns you will come out ahead. This is entertaining in and of itself.
The thing that pushes this game from a four star game to a five star game is that it is fast and fun. Even if you are losing, you will have fun trying to outwit your opponents each round. Every round you have something interesting to chose. How can you go wrong with this? It does not have the deep strategy of some other games- but some games should be light fun, and this game fulfills that promise completely.