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Board GameLast Message Review

Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Last Message is a crime-solving communication battle between Detectives and a Criminal, fought through the exchange of drawn clues. The Victim draws clues about the Criminal's identity, but the Criminal can tamper with the drawing before the Detectives see it. It is like a game of Where's Wally? but here you have to work out who Wally is, instead of finding him.

Your aim as the Detective is to identify who the Criminal is in a cartoon crime scene picture. The only information you have is drawn by the Victim who can't speak but can draw on a wipe-clean 9-by-9 grid. However, five of the squares are erased by the Criminal player before the Detectives sees the information. So it is down to the Victim to use their time and space creatively so that the Detectives still have enough clues to locate the Criminal.

As you play each of the four rounds, the Detectives gain more clues, making their job easier. Still, if the Criminal chooses what they erase carefully, they can stop critical information from giving them away. Alternatively, a clever Victim can hide information in their picture that they don't notice, or duplicate aspects of their drawing to make erasure more difficult. If the Criminal avoids detection after four rounds, then they are the winner.

In each of the six different cartoon locations you can play (western, prehistoric, fantasy, super heroes, aliens and zombies), it's a game that becomes a battle between creative communication and clever deception, where the Criminal strives to remain hidden in the crowd by erasing the truth.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2021

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 3-8

Genres: Brain Game, Communication and Creative

Pieces: Pen and Pad and Placeables

Developer: Iello USA (@IelloUSA)



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Learn to Play: This takes 5 minutes to learn. Once you understand the three roles and what they are and aren't allowed to do then you should find this a simple game to play.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 3 to 8 players in the same room. Best played with 4 players. One player is the Victim, one is the Criminal and the others are the Detectives.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to draw, communicate ideas and to solve problems on their own.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds. Although there is a crime theme, this is not depicted in any of the games' artwork.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Last Message Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@IelloUSA) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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