Reviewed by Herb Levy
DEADLINE (WizKids, 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 60+ minutes; $44.99)
With the creation of the mystery story featuring the all knowing detective (credited to Edgar Allen Poe and his detective C. Auguste Dupin), the detective as puzzle solver became widely popular with stories featuring sleuths such as Philo Vance and, of course, Sherlock Holmes. Although Holmes has survived (and continues to thrive even today), the tough times of the 1930s saw a drastic change in mystery fiction. Pioneered by Dashiell Hammett, stories of hard-boiled private eyes and good “bad girls” offered a new kind of mystery featuring a new kind of detective: tough, dangerous and operating on “just this side” of the law. These stories found a home and flourished in the pulp magazines of the day and have since been collected, reissued, re-read and cherished over the years continuing to find fans and devotees of the genre. These captivating tales have also served as the theme for games. The latest game to find inspiration from these tales and to present a hard-boiled look at mysteries comes from the design duo of A.B. West and Dan Schnake: Deadline.