Scotland Yard Board Game

How To Play Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard Game Rules (PDF Instructions)

3 - 6
Play Time
45 MIN
Play Time
The board game Scotland Yard is an interesting and different game since the game can and will change depending if you are Mr. X or a detective. Both have different rolls in the game. Mr. X is on his or her own but the detectives work together to find Mr. X.

One player is designated as Mr. X and the others are detectives. Mr. X moves secretly around the board, using various modes of transportation, while the detectives try to deduce his location and move to intercept him. The detectives take turns moving around the board and making suggestions about where they think Mr. X might be. Mr. X must periodically reveal his location, but only the round number, not his exact position. The game continues until either Mr. X is captured or the detectives run out of time.

Travel through Central London using their mass transit system (buses, taxis or the underground) to find Mr. X or to get away from the detectives. To take certain forms of transportation, you must be on the correct boarding spot and have the correct fare - no ticket, no ride! Scotland Yard is a strategy/mystery game and can be loads of fun for a larder group of people. Check out the board game Scotland Yard today!
  • Scotland Yard Comes With The Scotland Yard Game Board Of Central London
  • 6 Pawns
  • 125 Fare Tickets
  • A Label Sheet
  • 18 Start Cards
  • 2 Double Move Cards
  • A Logbook And Pad
  • A Storage Tray To Be Used To Store Tickets
  • Start Cards And Pawns
  • Official Scotland Yard Board Game Rules And Instructions
How to Win
If you're Mr. X, you must avoid capture long enough for the detectives to run out of their fare tickets. If you're the detectives, one of you must capture Mr. X by landing on the same space Mr. X occupies.
How to Win
Please keep in mind that the official Scotland Yard PDF rules listed below could be different depending on the version you have. They should be an exact copy of what came in your original packaging. Download them to view now or print them for later use.

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Abir says:

Well interesting game and gives a lot of fun
Ethan says:

I'm confused, does Wendy love this game or hate it? I just played it over the weekend and I'll have to say it is a fun and addicting game. I had the rules explained to me so learning how to play wasn't too bad. The original Scotland Yard is kind of pricy but I'm seeing that there might be a newer version out for cheaper?
Mauro says:

I was a little slow learning how to play this game. I thought is was pretty lame until the end when I finally caught on and saw the point of the game. When it finished I was the one begging to play it again. I glaze over when the rules are read so seeing it and playing it definitely helped.
ruby says:

I think this game is very interesting,but quiet difficult!
Andy says:

The 2014 easy version of the rules just make NO sense! What is the point of the travel log if it is just to record where Mr X has been to?
Professor Moria says:

Too easy to evade detectives. If detectives get close use 2x move card to get clear of the detectives. Opening moves are towards an underground stop. Slightly less entertaining than watching paint dry.
ansh says:

it's rules are difficult to understand but the game is very interesting
Gayle says:

I played this game when I was 10 and now I play it with my kids. It's a fun and brainy game.
Mary says:

I know the rules are written as easy as possible but this game was much easier for me to understand how to play after someone else explained the rules to me. I guess I'm just a hands on person that likes to ask questions and gets confused in all the words. Overall fun game and definitely a lot of strategy involved if you are playing competitively.
Wendy says:

I love this game. It is worth buying and playing at a family.
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