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Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard

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Gameplay in Brief:

In this deduction game, one player is Mr. X, a wanted criminal. The other players are police officers attempting to capture Mr. X. The game is played on a map of Scotland, with three methods of transportation: taxi, bus and subway.

Mr. X's whereabouts are generally hidden, although he must show himself at several times during the game. If he eludes capture, Mr. X wins; otherwise, the police win as a team.


For 3 to 6 players, ages 8 and up. About 45 minutes per game.


Scotland Yard was designed by Dorothy Garrels, Fritz Ifland, Manfred Burggraf, Werner Scheerer, Werner Schlegel, and Wolf Hoermann.


Scotland Yard was first published by Ravensburger in 1983 and Milton Bradley in 1985. It is still in print today, published by Ravensburger.

Related Games:

The same basic gameplay of Scotland Yard (with a few tweaks) was used in New York Chase and Mister X: Flucht durch Europa (Chase Through Europe), both published in 1999.

Why Scotland Yard is Part of the Games Timeline:

Scotland Yard was the first German game co-published by a major U.S. company; it introduced the one-versus-many mechanic to a broad audience. Here are the other games I believe are the most culturally and historically significant games published since 1800.

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