MFG: Calliope Games
#of Players: 3 – 6
Age Range: 8+
Overall Construction: The box is the first thing I noticed about the game. It is compartmentalized in a way that when you take the cards out, which look like vault doors on the back, you see an open safe. There is a second compartment for the “Diamonds”. The “Diamonds” a little plastic clear gemstones and only used in the extended game. The rulebook is just that, a book with rules. The rules are nice as they are easy to read & understand, it has graphics to help explain the cards and their uses.
Lastly, the cards. The cards are nice and slick, but due to a cambric finish on the cards. They shuffle well and the graphics on the cards are very thought out. There are 6 reference cards that come with the deck to remind you what each symbol on the cards mean.
Although, my deck has not had the issue with the standard issue I have had with cambric finished cards I feel I need to throw out the warning. Be careful with the cambric cards as the have a tendency to chip at the edges and the finish tends to rub off.
Gameplay: The deck is shuffled and each player is dealt out 3 cards. If any Getaway cards are dealt to the players they are returned to the deck and new cards are drawn. The player wearing the most black gets to play first.
Turns have 2 parts.
Draw – where you draw up to 4 cards. If a Getaway card is drawn during this draw, it’s placed on the table and a new card is drawn.
Play – You can play Loot Cards, You can play all Police cards, or play thief cards. If 4 police helmets are on the table then a “Raid” occurs. If the Siren card is played everyone plays their Police cards. During a “Raid” whomever has the highest loot, loses it all.
The game ends when the 7th Getaway card is played. The player with the highest value Loot wins the game. There are cards that modify gameplay and Loot cards that have varying values. Please read the rules for full description of how the game is played.
Yes/No Recommend: Once you learn the strategies of the game and have a group of players who get it too, it can be a decent party game. I thought it was easy enough to learn, but the other players I test the game with were having trouble grasping the gameplay. Kid Gumshoe thought there were too many thing to try to keep track of, even with the cheater cards. I will say the day we had this out at the restaurant playing it in public, we played 3 rounds to see in everyone could get the hang of it and put it away to play more rounds of 12 Days (Another Calliope Games game). Hopefully, like me, you understand the gameplay and enjoy the game. It is not like any other game out there currently. For $10 I don’t feel you would be out any money.
Where To Get It: This game is fairly new so it may not have made it to your local game store. I am lucky that the store near me orders games I suggest to them. I have not seen this game at any of the Big Box Stores yet. http://www.calliopegames.com/read/82/thieves