Connor Reid

“Easy to pick up and quick to play, 5-Minute Mystery is great for newbie gamers, busy families, and game groups looking for an ice-breaker. So if you’re ready to cheer as you arrest a frog while a British walrus yells at you, then clear a spot on your games shelf for 5-Minute Mystery!”

The fine folks at Wiggles 3D have a new Kickstarter project in their famous 5 minute line, 5-Minute Mystery. Previous 5 Minute titles by master quintologist Connor Reid, 5-Minute Dungeon and 5-Minute Marvel, have proven to be popular, delightful speed games. In 5-Minute Mystery, the game is played slightly differently. 1-4 Players look at a picture of the crime scene containing variations of 5 shapes – square, triangle, circle, plus and star. But the players need to describe which square is in the picture, the hollow square, the ornate square, or the one with the pips on top, etc. One player is in charge of the “codex”, a rotating device which needs to be set to the exact version of each of these 5 shapes. Once the code is determined to be correct, players get a clue tile, whose barcode may or may not align perfectly with the Culprit tile. Use correct clue tiles to narrow down who the culprit really is from a deck of suspects – if the clue is a necklace, your top pick had better be wearing that necklace. And remember, the players only have 5 minutes to figure out who done it.

5-Minute Mystery will be on Kickstarter through December 19, and the finished game is expected to deliver in September of 2020. The game comes with 28 suspect cards, 28 culprit tiles, 16 clue tiles, 32 scene cards, 16 case files, reference cards and that all powerful magic codex. A mastermind edition is also available for 1-6 players with new, harder cases.

HABA announces three new games to be released at Essen SPIEL 2019 with the intention of a simultaneous release in the US.

Dragon’s Breath: The Hatching, designed by Lena Burkhardt (Dragon’s Breath) and Günter Burkhardt (Ulm, Seeland) is a stand-alone game in the Dragon’s Breath universe, featuring Dragon Mom and a new egg about to hatch! Dragon Mom melts the ice column, releasing more sparkling gemstones that players collect to complete amulet cards, all while trying not to let the egg fall. Elements from this game can be combined with the original Dragon’s Breath to increase the player count to 5.

Dragon’s Breath: The Hatching plays 2-4 players, ages 6+, in about 20 minutes.

Cloaked Cats, designed by Connor Reid (5-Minute Dungeon) is a deduction game where players are cats at a Masked Ball. Players try to figure out whom is whom, while keeping their own true identity secret. Players try to unmask the other players among all the velvet-pawed guests before they are unmasked.

Cloaked Cats plays 2-4 players, ages 7+, in about 20 minutes.

Miyabi, designed by Michael Kiesling (Azul, Tikal, Heaven & Ale),is a tile laying game to design a Japanese garden.  Players skillfully placing stones, bushes, trees, ponds and pagodas on multiple levels in their gardens to score points become the best garden designer of the season. Miyabi comes with five expansions included in the game.

Miyabi plays 2-4 players, ages 8+, in about 45 minutes.