Scotland Yard*

Scotland Yard is a classic board game of cat-and-mouse, where players engage in a thrilling chase across London. The game involves strategy, teamwork, and a bit of bluffing, making it an engaging experience for players of various ages.

Key Features:

  1. Role of Mr. X: One player assumes the role of Mr. X, a criminal mastermind trying to evade capture in London.
  2. Detectives Team: The other players work together as detectives, coordinating their movements to track down Mr. X.
  3. Modes of Transportation: Players use taxis, buses, and subways, each represented by different colored tickets, to navigate the map of London.
  4. Intermittent Clues: Mr. X's location is revealed only at specific times, adding an element of suspense and strategic guessing.
  5. Limited Tickets: The finite number of transport tickets adds a strategic layer to the game, as players must manage their resources effectively.


  • Mr. X moves secretly through London, revealing his location only at certain intervals and leaving behind a trail of transport tickets.
  • The detectives must strategize and work together to predict Mr. X's movements and trap him.
  • The game involves planning routes, conserving transport tickets, and trying to anticipate the opponent's strategy.
  • Victory is achieved by the detectives if they can land on Mr. X's location, or by Mr. X if he can evade capture until the detectives run out of tickets.

Player Experience:

  • As Mr. X, players experience the tension and excitement of trying to outwit the detectives.
  • Detectives must collaborate, discuss strategies, and share insights to corner Mr. X.
  • The game provides an engaging mix of strategy, deduction, and teamwork.
  • The intermittent revelation of Mr. X's location creates moments of high suspense.


Scotland Yard offers a unique and thrilling board game experience, combining elements of strategy, teamwork, and deduction. It is a game that challenges players to think critically and work together, making it an excellent choice for family game nights and gatherings. The role of Mr. X provides an intriguing twist, as one player must outsmart the group, adding a layer of excitement and competition. Overall, Scotland Yard is a timeless classic that continues to entertain players with its unique gameplay and suspenseful chase through the streets of London.

Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1983

  • 2 - 6 Players
  • 45 Minutes
  • 10+ years old
  • Easy to learn

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