A crime wave hits the city. The police round up the usual suspects: including you. In order to escape prison, you’ll have to accuse your fellow criminals of the crimes under investigation.

Criminals is a psychological party card game for 3-9 players, in the style of such games as Mafia/Werewolf and The Resistance, from the game design team of Origins Award-winning and Spiel Des Jahres-recommended game designer Kory Heath (Zendo, Why Did The Chicken…?, Uptown/Blockers) and Origins Award-winning and Ennie Award-winning game designer Dave Chalker (Get Bit!)

Each player is dealt a crime, with an extra crime belonging to the mysterious Crime Boss. Each round, a random crime will come up under investigation. Interrogate and accuse each other to try to figure out who is guilty of the crime, or if it could be the Crime Boss. If you are accused and are guilty, you’re eliminated from the game. If you have an alibi for the crime, you’re given the chance to try and snitch on who you think committed the crime. If you’re snitch correctly, you win, but otherwise, you’re eliminated. The game ends when someone snitches correctly, all but one player are eliminated, or if anyone is brave enough to try and confront the Crime Boss with his crime.

Criminals is an update/re-release of the original version from 2007. This edition of Criminals features improved game play, heavy development and playtesting, refined rules, and new graphic design of full color cards.

Criminals is available NOW print-on-demand from DriveThruCards.

Fast Facts

  • 3-9 Players
  • 5-30 Minute Playtime
  • Ages 13+
  • Psychological Party Game
  • Great for fans of Werewolf or The Resistance, with its own unique twists, where the hunted players change from round to round



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  • Game design by Kory Heath and Dave Chalker
  • Graphic design by Chris Yates
  • Playtesting by John Cooper, Jacob Davenport, Josh Drobina, Nate Lawrence, and Kristin Matherly.
  • Rules assistance provided by Mike Beck, Grant Rodiek, Micah Sawyer, Michael Walters, and all of their respective game groups.
  • Image credits: All images from stock.xchng, and used with the permission of their creators. Blackmail: “Lindy Hop,” by Sauerkraut; “Brown paper envelope,” by nocturna. Bribery: “Suitcase full of money,” by mikecco. Burglary: “Forced Entry,” by tyvoodoo. Embezzlement: “Shredded Paper,” by mphoto. Forgery: “Travelling,” by Ulrik. Smuggling: “Hope,” by bern161616. Vandalism (guilty): “Spray Painting,” by ilco.