Arcane Wonders is bringing the game Holmes 13 back under a new title, Sherlock 13. In the game a criminal is disguised as one of thirteen well known fictional characters and the players need to deduce who is the fake. The game is for two to four players, ages 6+, plays in around 15 minutes, and will carry an MSRP of $17.99 when it arrives in February.
From Arcane Wonders:
Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, James Moriarty, Irene Adler, and other notorious characters have become the prime suspects of a serious crime! One of them is undoubtedly the criminal – but whom? Surely, with even Sherlock as a suspect, no one can be trusted! You must solve the case alone, deducing the true criminal with logic and wit. Hurry! For your fellow suspicious investigators are attempting to do the same!
In Sherlock 13, first published as Holmes 13, the players take the role of a detective, trying to unmask the famous thief Arsene Lupin, who is among them in disguise.
The game consists of 13 character cards, with 2 to 3 characteristics each. Each characteristic is shared by 3 to 5 characters. The cards are shuffled and one is drawn and put aside. This card represents the disguise chosen by Arsene Lupin. The other cards are distributed evenly among the players. The players now tally the total of characteristics they have on their cards (e.g. 2 detectives, 1 female, 0 genius etc) and note them for later use.
Players now take turns, asking a question to gather new evidence:
a.) To all players: “Who has (at least one) of (this characteristic)?
b.) To one player: “How many of (this characteristic) do you have?
Using these clues the players try to figure out which disguise Arsene has chosen (i.e. which card is missing). Instead of a question, a player may announce which character he suspects to be Arsene in disguise. That player then secretly checks the hidden card. If the suspicion was correct, this player wins the game, otherwise the player is eliminated and the other players continue.