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The game isn't timed; you play at your own pace. Ideally you'll have a printer on hand so you can refer to paper copies of various clues, though they're available via your digital dashboard as well. This is definitely something to be played on a computer, not a phone or tablet.
You can also share those downloadable digital assets with far-flung friends. Then it's just a matter of doing some screen-sharing via Zoom (or something similar) so everyone can see the game dashboard.
I've played through the first chunk of Chasing Hahn, and so far it's been really fun. The clues are interesting and challenging, but not impossible, and there's a multistep hint system that I really like.
I think for a mere $8.50, any armchair Sherlock would find this money well spent. Check out the trailer:
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