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Up to four players can take control of one of seven detectives from the Dickens Detective Agency in story mode to chase down the bad guy, Mr. Valentine. You will chase Valentine through 8 very different environments(though they play the same)before you finally track him down. On their turn, players draw a card. These cards can give you various power-ups like shout out, which calls any suspect to you, or quickness which lets you move without using a token. Between player turns Valentine throws out cards too. He can turn out lights, lock rooms, or put traps in rooms. Some of the cards you draw have the ability to undo one of Valentine’s traps which is helpful. More helpful than that are the Bonus Token cards. These give you extra tokens and tokens are essential to solving the crime. They are how you move your character, interrogate suspects, pick up environmental clues and eventually accuse the Guilty Party. If you don’t have tokens you can’t do anything on your turn. So after you have drawn your card and if you have tokens(you can hold up to 6), the fun starts. Players move from room to room picking up clues and talking to the game’s supporting cast to find out who committed the crime. Certain clues will only appear after you speak to certain people so its best to spread out and talk to all the suspects. Interrogations and clue finding involves mini games which no Wii game would be complete without. They range from staredowns with suspects to bribing them with cash. They are a lot of fun and each player can set their own difficulty. It is imperative that you complete them on your first try because the Guilty Party will only stick around for so many turns. Ultimately, if you are going to catch the crook, your team wants to find out whether the Guilty Party has short or long hair, is tall or short, round or skinny, and male or female. All of the clues are held in your notebook and you can mark down the aforementioned characteristics as you find clues to prove them correct. It all works great and the game truly plays like a board game in video form.