Foul Play – The Murder Mystery Card Game – Once Upon A Crime.

I’m reviewing something a little bit different on the blog today… a murder mystery card game! Thank you to Zooloo’s Book Tours and Foul Play for inviting me to take part.

First a little bit of info about the game and the company behind it…

FOUL PLAY The Murder Mystery Card Game Once Upon A Crime

A game for 2 – 5 players | Age 8 +

£8.95 + p&p

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The Game

Carabosse the Bad Fairy is dead, and her Big Book of Villainy has been stolen…

In a shocking revelation, the magic mirror has revealed that all the suspects are goodies, but who had a motive to go bad? You’ll need to swap, steal and search for the evidence in order to scupper the other detectives and sleuth your way to your happily ever after!

There’s more than one way to catch a killer though. So what’s it gonna be? Good Cop or Bad Cop? These two game versions come with their own set of rules and tactics to crack the case and finger your suspect, but will you use fair play or FOUL PLAY?

The Game is Afoot! Playing as detective, you’ll need to find the three evidence cards that point to a specific suspect in order to catch a killer in this crazy criminal caper. Will you uncover them in the crime scene? Could the other detectives be willing to collaborate and share their findings? Or will you resort to more tricky tactics, and plunder the proof you need to solve this crime?

History of Foul Play

What’s a Murder Mystery Events Company to do?

With a pandemic sweeping the nation and no sign of being able to perform their confounding criminal cabarets or incredible interactive investigations any time soon, they needed to come up with a plan, another way to provide mystery to the masses (and provide income to keep themselves afloat)!

Well, lockdown does strange things to people, especially actors who can’t go out and perform. So one fateful evening, Ben & Lee Cooper-Muir decided to come up with a whole new way to murder people. Keeping their cards close to their chests they plotted and schemed until Foul Play : The Murder Mystery Card Game was born. So, what to do next? This is where After Dark enters the picture. After all, Ben and Lee were two of the operators of the infamous murder mystery company. Maybe they could collaborate to bring the game to the masses. When Lockdown restrictions were eased a top-secret meeting was held with the other criminal masterminds behind After Dark, Helen Burrows, Sophie Webster & Tom Fisher and a pact was made. The game would be launched and licensed under the After Dark banner. In true After Dark style, the team burst into action and then began the beta testing, design updates, promotional planning, character changes, proofing, proofing and more proofing until finally all the kinks were ironed out, mysteries solved, and FOUL PLAY : Manor House Murder came to life!

The team didn’t stop there though! Due to the popularity of the first game, a second version ‘Once Upon A Crime’ was put on the table, designed, and then launched on Kickstarter. Fully funded in under 48 hours the team at After Dark had another success on their hands and players had another murder in theirs! Once Upon A Crime hits the stores on 1st July 2021 and Manor House Murder is available to buy too.

We hope you enjoy playing it, and although we all hope to be back performing soon, WATCH THIS SPACE! Now we know we can create and produce games we’ve got a lot more fun things planned for the future! 


I highly, highly recommend visiting the Foul Play website, which has downloadable rules, resources and tutorials to watch. I made the mistake of not doing this and trying to follow the rule cards within the pack. We had about 6 unsuccessful ‘trial games’ before visiting the website, wondering why we couldn’t get the game to ‘work’. Once we went to the website we were well on our way!

The game is great to play, we are a family of Cluedo fans so the similarity wasn’t lost on us. But, being a card game makes it so different and fun. We had so many laughs stealing each others cards and blocking each other when we thought we had won! The games are quite long to play, we had 5 players, I imagine it may be longer again with less players and longer to ‘go through’ the cards in play, so don’t think this is a quick time-filler, this is a proper games night game. Our players were aged 9, 10, 15 and a couple of 30+ year olds. The 15 year old and adults picked things up quickly and knew how to play and how to win, the younger ones needed a bit more help, but I imagine after several more games they would get the idea and be able to play independently. We also loved the fact that because it is a card game (rather than a board game) it makes it ideal for taking to friend’s houses or on holiday, taking up hardly any packing space. We of course had the inevitable family row whilst playing, which I think proves what a great game it is to play, we wouldn’t be so worked up if we weren’t really into it!!

We are looking forward to our next game night and getting into this one again!

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