Fugitive is one of the best race games you’ll ever play and it consists of only 42 cards. A two-player only game of pursued and pursuer, racing towards an escape or capture. As the marshal you’ll need to deduce the path of your prey, while the fugitive must outwit the hunter with clever twists and misdirection.
Fugitive is a game for exactly two players that will play in about 15 minutes. It’s a deduction game where the fugitive must reach his final destination before the marshal can track him down. The fugitive will secretly play cards from 1 to 42 with each new card being up to three positions higher than the previous card played. The marshal will win if she manages to have all the fugitive’s cards revealed.
But there are a few twists. The fugitive can sacrifice extra cards to go further than three positions, risking his future movement for sudden bursts of speed. The marshal can also guess more than one card a turn, but at the risk of revealing no cards should any of her guesses be wrong.
Throughout all of this, each player will be drawing cards from three separate decks of locations. These cards give the fugitive his options of destination while granting the marshal knowledge of blocked locations.
Fugitive simulates a chase better than any other game I’ve played. The fugitive is constantly under pressure to outpace his pursuer, never knowing if they can make a slower move or must sprint away. But each sprint comes with the sacrifice of cards, making future sprints harder and giving the marshal time to catch up.
Meanwhile, the marshal is constantly needing to deduce every single card played. Did he waste a sprint to throw you off the trail? Did he stop at 25 or 26 on his way to 28? Do I hold back my guesses to pursue a manhunt, or do I press on and try to catch up?
Fugitive is as stressful as it is thematic. The roleplay is strong and the gameplay supports the mindset it sets out to create.
I really enjoy each play of Fugitive. Fighting my opponent wit for wit and making just the right educated leap is pure bliss, but outsmarting the marshal is just as exciting and heart pounding. It’s 15 minutes of analysis and adrenaline in a tiny box.
If you want a nice little deductive puzzle that you can play with two players during your lunch hour at work, grab Fugitive. The execution of design is flawless.
Review copy provided by publisher. Thank you Fowers Games.