Kids who love to play games often come up with the best game ideas. PlayMonster's Young Inventor Challenge games feature games created by kids for kids.
One of those games is Draw Into Crime: The Sketchy Game of Sketchy People. You get a Book of Suspects, and one player gets to flip through the book's three panels to secretly create the thief he saw stealing the jewels (or whatever story this player/witness wants to tell). There are 240 different suspect combinations.
The other players take pencils and sketch pads and prepare to ask yes or no questions about what the suspect looks like so that they can sketch the suspect. These sketch artists can only ask a total of 10 questions, and the instructions make it seem like those have to be divided up among the artists. So, five questions each for two sketch artists. Use your questions wisely.
After the "interview" is over, the sketch artists secretly draw what they think the suspect looks like, based on the information they received. Then, shuffle up the drawings and lay them on the line-up board for the witness to see. The witness picks which sketch is closest to the suspect in the book. That scores one point for the sketch artist.
Take turns being the witness and sketch artists until everyone has had a chance to be the witness at least once. The first player to win three points wins.
If you want to switch things up and be able to ask more questions (about hair color, for instance), add your own crayons or colored pencils to the game and see just how accurate your sketches can be.
We feel like the name of this game is trying to be a play on words but might have made more sense as Drawn Into Crime or Drawn to Crime. But no big deal. This is a clever and easy-to-learn game that gets players using deductive reasoning in drawing what the suspect looks like and creative thinking in coming up with a story about the suspect. It's a little bit like Guess Who? but with drawing. And part of the fun is seeing what everyone draws. You don't have to be a good artist; you just need your sketch to have accurate details. And with 240 possible suspects, the game is going to be different every time you play.
The game is for three or more players ages 6 and up. The game is probably going to be the most fun the more players you have.
The game comes with a Book of Suspects, eight pencils, four pads of paper, a line-up mat, interview question tents, and rules.
To help the police line-up mat lay flat, you'll need to unroll it and then roll it up the opposite way.
Another Young Inventor Challenge game called Goo On My Shoe is also available for purchase and play.
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