The Key – Theft in Cliffrock Villa


There has been a shocking string of robberies at Cliffrock Villa. Valuable works of art have been stolen! The players start their investigations and combine clues about the perpetrators, time of the crimes, stolen items, and escape plans. They need to generate the right number code to put the thieves behind bars. In the end, it’s not necessarily the fastest investigator who wins the game, but the most efficient one.



Everyone searches for clues at the same time. The players decide which witness statements and lab results they want to use for their investigations.


Read your file carefully, then cleverly combine the clues such as fingerprints, pictures from the surveillance camera, and found objects.


The goal is to solve the case as quickly and efficiently as possible, and put the perpetrators behind bars using the right number code.

Game rulebook available for download

A simultaneous deduction board game with a unique solution check. The goal of the game is to insert the key in the correct lock and win! Your paths to the solution are new every time you play, so the game can be played over and over again. Experienced detectives can demonstrate their investigative talents under new conditions with The Key advanced variant.



Thomas Sing, born in 1961, lives in Konstanz on Lake Constance. The qualified economist operates a large kiosk there with friends. This gives him enough time for his hobbies: Mathematics, reading detective novels and naturally also developing games. In his school days, Thomas Sing was a Parcheesi world record holder and even made his way into the Guinness Book of Records.



Timo Grubing, born 1981, studied illustration at the Münster University of Applied Sciences, and since graduating in 2007 has moved back to his birth city of Bochum. As a freelance illustrator he has worked in a variety of fields: he illustrates children's books, school books and games, and regularly works for magazines and agencies.