The game is afoot! Bush's Board Game Thing sees Andy Bush celebrating board games and the experience of gaming with friends Jess Temby and Brian Murphy. Each week, expect passion, enthusiasm, and multiple trips through gaming wormholes. This podcast is powered by Zatu - we're making sure the board game cogs keep on turning. Each week, I'll be bringing you the best bits here on the blog and letting you shop the podcast! Today, we're recapping Bush's Board Game Thing Episode 13 in which our trio take on the mystery that is detective board gaming!
For the first time in 2021, Brian, Jess are all back together to bring you episode 13 in which they discuss detective games... socially distanced, of course! We also have shiny new email address for you to get in touch with the super sleuths. Email email@example.com if you want to get involved with the podcast. For example, if you have any board game disputes, let Andy and co get to the bottom of it!
Consider this blog to be Watson to the podcast's Sherlock! I'll be bringing you the top 3 games from each episode as well as Brian's Board Game Fact of the Week. Make sure you head over to any streaming service to listen to the witty banter and board game deductions.
The main talking point of this week's podcast was that of Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders. This game puts you into the shoes (and deerstalker) of the infamous Baker Street detective as you solve numerous cases with Sherlock. Get ready to walk the streets of London as you hunt the dangerous Moriarty. You'll be provided with lots of evidence as you interview suspects and search the newspaper for clues, all whilst you piece together who was responsible for each crime.
Remember, this isn't your normal board game! There are no dice in this one. no luck or chance. This is a game designed to test your mental capabilities whilst channeling your inner historian with extensive research into Holmesian and Victorian history.
There are various other entries in the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective so you can sleuth your way through lockdown 3.0.
Fancy yourself a Sherlock, Poirot or Morse? Well try out Chronicles of Crime and prove yourself as the modern-day detective!
Chronicles of Crime is set across various cases with two decks of cards of characters and clues. On top of this you have a central board to store clues that you have gathered during your investigation, location mats where you place character cards that are in those locations, and four specialist character mats. You can consult these specialists for medical, physical and psychological advice, during the case.
All these components have one thing in common - a QR code. That’s because you need a smartphone and an app to play this game. The mix of technology and cardboard has a checkered past full of potential not yet realised… until now. Chronicles of Crime is a masterpiece of synergised gameplay and design. The app is simple to use and takes you through a simple case to get to used to the concept.
This is a game that acts more as an experience! It's easy to play and will award your logical thinking. It's the closest thing to an escape room that is available at your fingertips.
Our final game of the week is actually a video game! Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders is available across all platforms and is the perfect way to sink your teeth into a good mystery whilst at home without your gaming group.
Adapted from the classic Agatha Christie novels, this game offers adventure and investigation whilst you step into the shoes of Hercule Poirot. You'll be uncovering the elusive murderer known as ABC by solving puzzles and exploring crime scenes in cel-shaded, real-time 3D.
To solve the case, players will have to talk to characters, gather evidence and solve challenging puzzles in order to collect clues and piece together the mystery in order to bring this murderer to justice.
So, if you are looking for something to play over lockdown, why not give Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders a try!
Brian's Board Game Fact of the Week
Everyone's favourite segment makes a return in 2021! Brian is back with some facts that will blow your deerstalker off! It might not be a board game fact but it does tie in to the consulting detective of 221b Baker Street.
Brian reveals that Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed person across film and television! You have your Downey Jr's and Cumberbatch's, but you also have the vast collection of silent features from the 1950's.
If you fancy your hand at a more modern depiction of the most famous detective, why not try Sherlock Cluedo? Join Benedict Cumberbatch's incarnation of the detective in 21st century London. Who killed Moriarty? Was it Mrs Hudson, in the Tower of London with the Wrench? Or was it Irene Adler, in 221B, with a Candlestick?
And I would have Gotten Away with it too, if it weren't for you Meddling Kids!
That's detective Bush's case of the greatest mystery-solving board games closed!
You can catch up on all previous episodes of Bush’s Board Game Thing on any streaming service. In the meantime, you can check out our podcast-approved collection right here on the Zatu website. There you can find all the games we’ve discussed on every episode of the podcast, all in one convenient place.
If you'd like to shop our top detective games, check out our episode 13 collection here.
The game is on!