I was also very close to buying this game. After reading these comments I think I'll wait for a 2nd edition.
Thanks everyone for laying out your impressions. I find I'm always consulting these forums! :)
And thanks 4lterego for getting this great feed back from the group. It sounds like this game has tons of potential but I don't feel good about it yet.
Well, I ended up purchasing Android.
I've played a solo learning play through and full game with two friends. And I really did enjoyed this game.
And I agree with so many of the comments in this thread.
Even only after one real play through I feel the replayability of this game is just fine. And even though, of the characters and plots and event that will likely change from game to game, they don't really 'change' the game in a huge way. But the game itself offers so many options that I can't help but think that every play through will be very very different. Mostly in part because of how each player might play that day. If a group is more active affecting other players that will feel radically different than if the group is more passive and more focussed on their own plot or suspects. So I do think re-play value is great.
If I could only get one thing from an expansion I would want more detectives.
There's a comment in the thread about how placing evidence on suspects feels like a lottery. This comment worries me because only after one play I can really see what they're getting at. If two players are working the same suspect because this suspect is one players guilty hunch and the others innocent hunch then the out come could really fall on luck.
I'm hoping that after more plays this scenario will end up falling on strategy. If I notice someone working a suspect that I'm also placing evidence on maybe I should consider focusing else where or if I have been randomly drawing very high value evidence tokens maybe I feel confident that I will prevail.
I'm off to try out bleach_lizard's Android: The Director's Cut.
The link to The Director's Cut you've provided there actually links to an old version. If you check on BGG, there is now a v.3 available.
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I didn't know there was a v3. But I have found it now. Thanks!
I have played it a few times now. Good or bad game?
I would say you need to be a group of players that enjoy two things:
- You like to read out cards that are being played and get into the fluff and story about what is going on, tell the story with your group as you play the game.
- You have to enjoy the screw your friends factor. It is a very competetive game with constant options to mess up your fellow players as soon as they move into the right spot or does something.
I dont think this appeal to the majorty of board game players, buf with the right group its a really fun and deep game with good replayability as well.