“Outfoxed!” is a cooperative deduction board game designed for children. In this game, players work together to solve the mystery of a missing pie and identify the fox who stole it. Here’s how to play “Outfoxed!”:
Objective: The goal of the game is to figure out which fox stole the pie by gathering clues and eliminating suspects.
- Game board with a fox track
- 16 suspect cards (foxes)
- 16 thief tokens (one for each fox)
- 12 clue markers
- 4 detective pawns
- 4 detective boards
- 3 special dice
- 1 plastic decoder
- 1 rulebook
- Place the game board in the center of the table.
- Shuffle the suspect cards and place them face-down in a row on the board.
- Place the 16 thief tokens into a bag or container.
- Each player selects a detective pawn and places it on the matching detective board.
- Place the 12 clue markers within reach of all players.
- Choose a starting player.
- Players take turns clockwise, starting with the chosen starting player.
- On a player’s turn, they perform the following steps: a. Roll the three dice. The dice will show either footprints, question marks, or fox symbols. b. Move their detective pawn along the fox track on the board based on the footprints rolled. They must move exactly that number of spaces. c. Investigate a suspect by spending clue markers. The player can spend any number of clue markers to flip over a suspect card of their choice. d. If they reveal a suspect with a paw print (indicating that the fox has muddy paws), place a paw print clue marker on the detective board. e. If they reveal a suspect with a question mark, draw a thief token from the container and check it secretly. If it matches the suspect, the players have found a clue. If not, return it to the container.
- After a player’s turn, they can discuss the clues with other players to help identify the thief. Players can share information about the suspect cards, paw prints, or the thief tokens they’ve drawn.
- Players may also use the decoder to check a suspect’s footprints and eliminate suspects based on the clues they’ve gathered.
- The game continues with players taking turns until they believe they have enough information to make an accusation.
Making an Accusation:
- To make an accusation, a player must land on a space with a magnifying glass icon and declare their accusation.
- The player uses the decoder to check if their accusation is correct:
- If the accusation is correct, the players win the game.
- If the accusation is incorrect, the players lose the game, and the true thief is revealed.
Winning: Players win “Outfoxed!” by correctly identifying the thief and making an accurate accusation.
Losing: Players lose the game if they make an incorrect accusation.
“Outfoxed!” is a cooperative game that encourages teamwork and deduction skills. Work together to gather clues, eliminate suspects, and solve the mystery of the stolen pie.