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Jinkies! A Traitor Named Scooby-Doo?

Fans of Avalon Hill’s classic game Betrayal at House on the Hill have long compared the game’s spooks and monsters to the Scooby-Doo franchise, so it seemed like a no-brainer when Wizards of the Coast (Avalon Hill’s parent company) and Warner Bros. announced on Monday the marrying of the two franchises in a brand new board game. Titled Betrayal at Mystery Mansion, the new game takes all of the mechanics of the original Betrayal and puts a Scooby-spin on them, including letting players play as the iconic members of Mystery Inc.!

The new game, released to tie in with the upcoming SCOOB! movie, will feature brand new tiles, tokens, and cards, as well as twenty-five new haunts based on the franchise’s classic episodes and movies. Also like the original game, one of the players will eventually turn traitor during the haunt, becoming the Monster who must be thwarted by the other “Meddling Kids.” The new game is a “getting the band back together” for the Betrayal franchise, with the team behind Betrayal Legacy working to design the new game. Betrayal co-creator Rob Daviau, who worked as a consultant for the game, called the new theme a “natural fit” that retains all of the “mystery, spookiness, and high replayability” of the original, but with streamlined rules to allow new players and younger audiences to participate more easily.

The game will be available on May 15th (the same day SCOOB! releases to theaters) at your local game store or online retailers (like Walmart), and it will retail for $35.

Images via Wizards of the Coast

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