Suspect on black background with four boxes beside it - blue, red, yellow and green

 Find the facts! Pick the SUSPECT! Solve the crime!

What is SUSPECT?

SUSPECT is a facilitated problem solving game that assesses and builds the problem solving skills of its players. Players work to solve a crime and must guess when the deck of information runs out!

Who can play it?

The game is designed for 4 players who are looking to improve their problem solving skills. The 4 players are divided into 2 teams. Players should be at least 13 years of age. The facilitator moves the game along and debriefs everyone on their skills when game play is done.

How is it played?

A crime has been committed in a workplace. The players know the crime, the 5 suspects and 5 facts about the crime. The teams must gather more information to make a guess as to which suspect did it.

  • Teams gather information through team sharing and asking the opposite team for information.
  • When the opposing team doesn’t have the info, a player draws a card from the deck on a quest for more information.
  • Players can use special play cards to grab more info from the deck, give their partner extra information and force the other team to pick up cards.

How long is a game?

It takes 30 minutes to play a game. Facilitators can speed up game play if information is being recycled among the players.

How does the game “build” the skill?

Players find it easier, and more fun, to develop skills in a fun, team-based way than in school or on-the-job where credits or livelihood may be at risk. SUSPECT provides that safe game-play.

Included in each game is a one pager that outlines some of the sub-skills of problem solving. It details the    sub-skills and explains what aspect of the game would be the focus for developing that sub-skill. The list is not complete but offers some ideas.

For example, if a player is striving to be well-informed, he or she may focus on:

  • identifying what information the team is missing and come up with a strategy to find it;
  • prioritizing their information to determine if it is relevant;
  • developing better notes that they can refer back to over the game play.

The players can also discuss and work on their teamwork and communication skills while they play the game.

Where can I get more information?

Contact the Workforce Planning Board at with your questions. If you are interested in ordering or would like to see our one-pager, you can click on the graphics below.

Order Form for the game
Information on the sub-skills of problem solving and how the game supports them