kingofcrimeDesigner Dan Smith self-published King of Crime, and is currently prepping a 2nd Kickstarter campaign for the game to start in February.

I was lucky enough to have Dan send me a manufactured copy of the game so I could give it a shot. I have to say I liked what I saw. The rules of the game are very simple to pick up, and revolve around playing your Mugs to the table so you’ve got the resources needed to complete Rackets. There’s also Family cards to play that can help you or hurt your opponents, and special Racket Round cards that can only be played when a player is attempting to complete a Racket.

That’s the goal of the game, of course. Each player wants to complete Rackets by adding up the numbers on their mug cards and having the highest total. That’s no the end, though. If you win a Racket, you must have a Mug that can control the Racket, or it’s discarded.

The game flows really well, and it’s always fun to mess up someone’s Racket attempt with some well placed Racket Round cards that take out one of their key Mugs. The game plays really quick too. The games I’ve played usually took between 15 and 20 minutes.

I’ll be making sure to post up a link to the new Kickstarter page once the project is back up again. This is a game I really believe deserves to be funded.

King of Crime was provided free for review by Dan Smith.