Rob Daviau has taken some of his well-earned street cred from games like Pandemic Legacy and chosen to spend it re-developing old games to include new mechanics.  One of his first is Stop, Thief.  The old version depended on a clunky electronic device1 to dispense clues in the forms of footsteps, door, and breaking glass and on dice to determine movement.  The new Stop Thief uses the ubiquitous smartphone to give clues2 and uses a deck of movement cards that are assymetrical per player – allowing each to have special abilities or different movement traits.  The game as released is merely good, but the co-op mode – where the detectives work together to hunt the criminals – shines in a completely new experience.

Stop Thief!

$22.99
8.6

Fun

8.0/10

Replayability

9.0/10

Right Complexity

9.0/10

Beauty and Design

9.0/10

Fudge Factor

8.0/10

Pros

  • Good use of movement cards
  • Beautiful game

Cons

  • Varied level of fun, depending on mode
  • Small bugs appeared in the app

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