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Mr. Jack in New York

Mr. Jack in New York

Image courtesy of Hurrican Games / Asmodée Editions

Gameplay in Brief:

One player takes on the role of a New York City police detective, while the other is notorious criminal Jack the Ripper in this board game. The detective works to capture the Ripper before he can escape the city or time runs out, while the Ripper is trying desperately to avoid arrest. (Jack has only three escape routes -- two by sea, and one by land.) Eight characters are in the game, and any one of them could be the Ripper. Each has a special ability, such as moving another character or replacing a gaslamp with a park. This is an addictive, quick-playing deduction game.

The Basics:

For 2 players, ages 10 and up. About 30 minutes per game.

Designers:

Mr. Jack in New York was designed by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc. Cathala explains Mr. Jack in New York in this YouTube video.

Publisher:

Mr. Jack in New York was published by Hurrican.

Genre:

Mr. Jack in New York is a deduction game with a crime theme.

Awards:

Mr. Jack in New York was my pick as the #7 board game of 2009.

Also by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc:

Together, Cathala and Maublanc also designed the original Mr. Jack (2006), along with Cyclades (2009) and Cleopatra and the Society of Architects (2006). Among the other games designed or co-designed by Cathala are Shadows Over Camelot (2005, with Serge Laget), Mission: Red Planet (2005), Jamaica (2007), and Queen's Necklace (2003). Maublanc designed Cash 'n Guns (2005) and several other games.

Interview with Bruno Cathala:

Here's an interview with Bruno Cathala about Mr. Jack in New York.

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