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The Night Hunter Game Review – Murder Mystery Party

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Over two decades ago, The Night Hunter’s reign of terror shook the nation, culminating in Bill Mendax’s life imprisonment. But a new, eerily similar murder has occurred, raising doubts about Mendax’s guilt.

The Night Hunter Game Review

6.5 out of 10
The Night Hunter Board Game Review A Pair of Meeples

Is it Good For Two Players? : Probably the best player count

The Night Hunter is pretty good when you take it for what it is, but if you’re looking for a thinky puzzle game you won’t find it within this attention grabbing box.  This is more of a game for a relaxing night in, maybe even a date night.

Sure, the story could be a bit better with more twists and excitement but for what appears to be this game publisher’s first attempt at a more “traditional board game style” multi-chapter murder mystery game it was pretty good and well done. All the evidence was relevant, added to the story, and made sense, which is impressive given how much of it there was.

Theme: 8/10
Replayability: 2/10
Components: 7/10
Conflict: 0/10
Fun: 6/10

Husband’s Rating
6 out of 10
Wife’s Rating
7 out of 10

Pros

Easy to play and make your way through

Divided into four chapters, which is great for taking breaks and making sure you don’t stray too far off track.

All the evidence is well done and relevant to the story and case

Good game length and can be played in one night.

Cons

The questions are a little too simple and easy

The hints are dead giveaways and could have been written a little better

Can only play once and no “reset” guide is provided

The story could have been a little bit stronger with more excitement and twists

The website could be a bit more polished

Gameplay Experience:

The Night Hunter Board Game Review

Whoever designed the box for this Murder Mystery Party game knew exactly what they were doing.  When we’ve been shopping the board game deals we’ve seen some other games from this publisher but they never really grabbed our attention enough.

Their other games look like they are for the true crime fan as opposed to the modern board game player.

Well, they should definitely thank their art department for The Night Hunter, because this more traditional looking board game box and excellent art got us to give this murder mystery game a try and I’m sure it tapped into the hobby market a little more broadly than some of their other previous releases.

We’ve had some fun with these puzzle style games in the past with our favorite probably being Box One, but others like Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective just didn’t fit our tastes.  So it was going to be interesting to see what we thought of this one.

We opened the box and saw a lot of paper, words, and required reading. We were a little overwhelmed with how much information is thrown at you right away in the first chapter of the game.  We slowly made our way through it all reading every piece of evidence and information and really getting into the case and background information.

Then when we had read everything it was time to answer the first question of the game, the answer seemed simple enough, almost to the point that it made us second guess if we were right, but checking on the website’s solution we were.  

We opened the second packet of information for the first chapter and made our way through that too, solving its question with ease, and the same thing for the third and final question of the chapter.

It was a little over an hour after we had cracked open the game and getting late so we put the case on pause until tomorrow.  Both of us couldn’t help feeling like the “game” part of The Night Hunter was a little too easy.  

The huge amount of evidence and information was cool and very well put together but the actual solving of the puzzle didn’t feel satisfying enough.  We hoped that as we progressed it would become a bit more involved and exciting.

The next day came and we made our way through the remaining 3 chapters and the problem persisted right to the end of The Night Hunter case.  It was just too easy and felt more like we were going through the motions as opposed to solving a puzzle.  

To be fair there were a couple of “Oh that’s cool” or “aha” moments but in general it mostly did feel like an activity as opposed to a game.  Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing and doesn’t mean we don’t think The Night Hunter is worth the purchase, you just have to go into it with the right expectations and mindset to enjoy it.

The Night Hunter Rules Summary:

This game doesn’t have much in terms of rules.  Players will get more and more evidence that helps them answer questions provided at various points throughout the four chapters of the game.  There is really no guidance provided except for the questions and the order in which you open the various materials.

The Night Hunter Murder Myster Chapters

Once players think they know the answers to a given question they use the game’s provided website to check the solution to determine if they got it right. 

Conclusion:

The Night Hunter is pretty good when you take it for what it is, but if you’re looking for a thinky puzzle game you won’t find it within this attention grabbing box.  This is more of a game for a relaxing night in, maybe even a date night.  Murder, mystery, and death are the exact opposite of “relaxing” and “romantic” but what can we say, humans are weird.

Sure, the story could be a bit better with more twists and excitement but for what appears to be this game publisher’s first attempt at a more “traditional board game style” multi-chapter murder mystery game it was pretty good and well done. All the evidence was relevant, added to the story, and made sense, which is impressive given how much of it there was.

The biggest weakness with the game in our opinion is the actual questions you were supposed to solve were too simple and easy, but like we already said, this isn’t a gamer’s game.  The Night Hunter is something to casually make your way through and enjoy the story with as little frustration and mental anguish as possible.

So, if you have the right expectations The Night Hunter might be a worthy purchase if you like these murder mystery style games, but don’t go expecting the best of the best.  It offers a decent time but nothing exceptional, but probably still better and more fun than your average crime TV show episode.

Is The Night Hunter Good For 2 Players?

Should you play The Night Hunter with two players or more?  This is a game that we think actually suits a lower player count better, and is perfect for a date night or just a relaxing game night with one or two friends.  

There is a lot of evidence and a lot of reading, so there isn’t much for everyone at the table to do other than read, listen, and take all the information in.  With fewer players, doing all this is just less chaotic and easier to accomplish.

As we said earlier this game is one of the less frustrating and finicky in this genre so why not capitalize on that strength even more and play with fewer players?  Two players can very casually and easily make their way through this case, getting a chance to look at all the evidence and feel like they are part of the game.

If you play The Night Hunter with too many people you’ll have some players feeling left out, while others make going through the evidence harder, potentially adding some additional frustration to your attempts to make your way through the game and solve the case.

Pros:

  • Easy to play and make your way
  • Divided into four chapters, which is great for taking breaks and making sure you don’t stray too far off track.
  • All the evidence is well done and relevant to the story and case
  • Good game length and can be played in one night.

Cons:

  • The questions are a little too simple and easy
  • The hints are dead giveaways and could have been written a little better
  • Can only play once and no “reset” guide is provided for people who wish to pass along the game
  • The story could have been a little bit stronger with more excitement and twists.
  • The game’s website could be more polished

Murder Mystery Party, The Night Hunter Unsolved Mystery Game, for Ages 14+
Murder Mystery Party, The Night Hunter Unsolved Mystery Game, for Ages 14+
Murder Mystery Party, The Night Hunter Unsolved Mystery Game, for Ages 14+

We hope this The Night Hunter two player review has helped you.

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