In Chronicles of Crime, from Lucky Duck Games, players are investigators who work together to solve a crime. The game mixes an app, a board game, and some Virtual Reality. In the Chronicles of Crime: Welcome to Redview expansion, 1-4 players investigate strange occurrences in the small town of Redview. It all begins when many animals start disappearing over the course of a few weeks, including Wookie, Richy’s dog. Richy’s 6 friends get together to find him. The Chronicles of Crime: Welcome to Redview expansion is designed by David Cicurel, and Ghislain Masson, with art by Matijos Gebreselassie, Mateusz Komada, and Katarzyna Kosobucka.
Unlike the core Chronicles of Crime game, this expansion is family friendly as there are no murders to investigate. There are only strange things happening in a small town in Maine, USA, in the 80’s. The players take on the role of the 6 kids who rely on strength, guile, agility, and wit, to meet their objectives.
The expansion includes 4 new scenarios, 10 location cards, 15 special item cards, 25 character cards, 6 player boards, a die, and a rule book. It also requires the base game of Chronicles of Crime, and a device to run the app on Android 4.4 or newer, or iOS 8.0 or newer. Once downloaded, the app no longer requires an internet connection. Purchase of the VR glasses is optional and separate.
Expect the expansion to release in March or April of 2019.
Mixing board games with required apps is a very hot topic in board gaming right now, some say it’s great, some march to the chorus of get your digital out of my analog. Either way you look at it, games are still going to come along that try to use app integration to make it better, and Chronicles of Crime aims to do that is a very unique way. In this game you are detectives trying to solve a case, but you aren’t some famous or classic detective, you are modern day detectives utilizing modern day methods and resources. Once you have selected a case you will start going from location to location, questioning suspects and looking for clues. You will also have the chance to talk to your experts to get their analysis of evidence, all while discussing the case and clues with your fellow players to determine the culprit.
Now if you are wondering where the app comes in, well it is used in every aspect that I just described above. You will select your case in the app so it knows what clues to give you, when you go to a location you will scan the code on the board in order to go there. Once there you will clip on a pair of VR glasses to your phone and then start looking around the crime scene, describing it to the other players and looking for key clues in the 3D rendered environment. Don’t have have the glasses or don’t want to use the VR function? That’s fine, the app supports also just displaying the environment on your phone and you can just tap and swipe to explore the area. So grab your friends, put on your thinking caps and get out there and catch that criminal!
If this game has piqued your interest like it has mine, check out the Kickstarter page for more information and to pledge for a copy. A base pledge with just the game and companion app runs $39 plus shipping, and the VR glasses add-on is additional $10, which also comes with an additional case. Or you can go full deluxe for $89 which include the base game, VR glasses, and two additional expansions putting you in a film noir type setting as well as a kid detective type setting. And one final thing, since the cases are app driven, you can play the same scenario over and over since the app randomizes the result for each game, making sure each case is unique.