Detective Charlie

Name of the Game: Detective Charlie
Number of Players: 3
Recommend Ages:  7+
Reviewed By: Will Patterson (7) Sienna Patterson (11) and Elaine Graham (Adult) 
Who did you play the game with?
The game was played with 1 adult and 2 children boy (7) and girl (11)



How does the game look?

I was very impressed with the quality of the game.  The packaging was of a very good quality and a nice touch was that you where able to use the box (slots) to put the suspect cards in, making it easier to see and read them.  Each individual case 1 - 6 also had its own individual slots and was clearly marked on the box 1 - 6  where the cards went in.  The quality of the artwork on the cards and on the box is beautiful and clearly a lot of thought had went into this to achieve such a high standard for the final design.   The clock was also a nice touch and the die is of a good quality and well thought out rather than a usual 1 - 6 dots they have used numbers and included the use of the clock.  Each of the 6 cases provided a good variety of different locations, suspects, and clues.  The clue cards and the suspect cards worked really well together and got everyone thinking, can we elimate them as a suspect?, we found it more helpful and useful to read the clue card a few times to understand the clue rather than rush in, which worked perfectly as the first case culprit was successfully identified.  However, only providing one Charlie notebook caused problems because each player wanted one, so in the interest of fairness the notebook was not used.  The rule book layout was set out in such a way that that it made understanding the game very staightforward.  Detective Charlie character artwork and the stand provided appealed to the children as they both liked Charlie.  
How does the game play?
The setup and layout of the game is pretty straightward.  However initially, when the die landed on either the clock or clock +? we did have to refer back to the rules just to double check we were playing it correctly.   



Overview & thoughts
  1. Sienna (11) found the game both interesting (suspects and clue cards) and exciting (clock) and it was a good family game because everyone had to work together to work out the suspect (co-operative).  She also liked the fact there was multiple cases and that Charlie was a good detective! However, everyone should get a note book so they can share all their ideas on who the suspect is.  
  2. Will (7) liked everything about the game apart from the clock he would have prefered more numbers on the die rather than the opinions provided by the clock.  When it landed on the (clock) he did not like missing a turn and he also did not like (clock +?) because he sometimes selected a clue card that had already been played.  Overall, they gave the game 5/5 
  3. Elaine (adult) this clearly is a beautiful and well thought out game drawing on problem solving, literacy skills and memory recall (remembering which clue cards have been used especially when you have the option of selecting your own clue card when the die lands on the (clock +?)  .  However, although the game is aimed at 7+ Will (7) did get frustrated that he couldn't read out some of the words on the card and needed help from both me and Sienna (11).  Sienna (11) thought maybe the game should be aimed at the age range 9-11 for the single player option.  The RRP for this game is £21.99 however, I would question the long term playability factor of this game.  Once you have completed all 6 case cards you would remember who the suspects were from each case making it less appealing and highly unlikely you would play it again.

Overall, I would give this game 4/5  


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Showcase Series: Coiledspring


As part of our 'Showcase Series', we are highlighting games companies large and small with a few quick questions to discover more about their conception, evolution, inspirations and aspirations. From the largest multi-national companies to indie games makers and even individual new-comers, we're happy to shine a light on a variety of views of the gaming industry and experiences for those at all points on the gaming ladder!

Today - ... Coiledspring, who have been great supporters and collaborators of the awards and Imagination Gaming for as long as we can remember, and are back with a range of great games already in the 2021 Imagination Gaming Games of the Years awards!...


Tell us briefly the background of your company.

Coiledspring Games is the UK’s exclusive distributor of some of the best games and puzzles on the planet! Founded in 2004, with just one board game and one puzzle, Coiledspring have continued to grow and has become a leading name in UK games distribution.   

We carry a wide range of products, and are proud to distribute, market and promote a fabulous range of titles in the UK, from the likes of Blue Orange, Gamewright, IELLO, MindWare, Schmidt and Wrebbit 3D.


Tell us what inspires you to make games and do you have any rules when making games.

Here at Coiledspring we are distributors, so we don’t make the game, but that doesn’t mean we are any less excited about them! We are inspired by people that love gaming and believe that every person on the planet has a love for games on some level and we strive to ignite that passion in everyone. We play test every game we range, to ensure that we know our products inside out.

We consistently admire the passion and drive that both our suppliers and retailers have for games and puzzles. That is a large part of what keeps us going!


What do you have coming up and out in the future?

We have recently launched our 2021 range which we’re very excited about. You can find our range here. It includes our bestselling hero range, featuring Sushi Go, Zombie Kidz Evolution and King of Tokyo to name just three, as well as a whole host of new releases in games, puzzles and jigsaws.

There are a few games we are looking forward to, particularly the party card game Anomia! This game features a brand-new contemporary design for 2021 exclusively from Coiledspring which we cannot wait to see on the shelves.

The adorable Happy City from Cocktail Games makes its debut in 2021 and Helvetiq have released a new card game - Kompromat. We also look forward to welcoming the wonderful expansion to Photosynthesis - Under the Moonlight to our range from Blue Orange. Plus, we are extending the popular Qwirkle family from Mindware with the Qwirkle Collector’s Edition as well as the Qwirkle Bonus Pack!

No new selection would be complete without new instalments from puzzle masters Wrebbit 3D. We are excited to see Titanic and so much more from their Harry Potter range!




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