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Mystery Rummy Case No. 1: Jack the Ripper
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Store:  Card Games, Family Games
Edition:  Mystery Rummy Case No. 1
Series:  Mystery Rummy
Theme:  Crime
Genre:  Set Collection
Format:  Card Games

Mystery Rummy Case No. 1: Jack the Ripper

second edition (2003)

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Mike Fitzgerald

Manufacturer(s): US Games Systems

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Product Description

Will you succeed where Scotland Yard failed? The case of Jack the Ripper is re-opened in this innovative card game that combines the elements of an exciting mystery with the strategies of traditional rummy. Each suspect, victim and murder scene is depicted with historical accuracy in this challenging game of intrigue and suspense.

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Average Rating: 4 in 16 reviews

Excellent introduction into advanced gaming
April 15, 2001

Jack the Ripper isn't complex and it won't impress many of the seasoned gamers who prefer more complex games but it will impress just about everyone else.

The interaction of this game is fantastic and the theme is well done. It's just dark.

The ability to interact with the discard pile (Scotland Yard) and other melds really makes for a wonderful light strategy game. Don't play the Scene too early because you're going to need it to dig out that Alibi for suspected Ripper!

It is best played with 2-3 players. If you want a great 4-player partnership game, this isn't it. However, its sibling Rue Morgue is!

Not Just Rummy You Rummy!
March 13, 2001

The game is well reviewed above so no sense in adding to that. Yes, the game is at its heart a rummy card game. But alas, the low-scoring reviewers miss the point. The game is not trying to reinvent the wheel--just putting a different spin on it!

The wife and I find it a lot of fun, and anyone who enjoys playing basic card games will too. The Jack The Ripper theme really works well and was well thought out. Gather the evidence, look for suspects and alibis, now another victim is found, etc. So while it plays like rummy, it feels different.

Bravo! Well done! Now I must return to the game--another victim has been found!

Excellent rummy type game for 2 players
January 15, 2001

I've played it with my wife about 20 times, its one of our favorites. As you play it more, some subtle card plays (tactics) will be discovered. It's not just a simple game--there is some bluff and psyching out the opponent, plus some risk taking. Plus subtle plays. Far superior to rummy.

My only concern is the frequency of the "Ripper Escapes" card being played. We find that the card gets placed about once every 2 games and there is not much you can do about it. It's worth 35 points, and that can easily determine a 100 point match. The designer says it very rarely gets played, but there's not always much you can do about it.

Still, the game is a good blend of luck and skill. Highly recommended. Were looking forward to playing Mystery Rummy #2 The Rue Morge with 4 players.

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