5 Minute Chase is an asymmetric, tile-laying game in which players use the same tiles but with different objectives and win conditions. The game is played in real time; there are no turns, and all players frantically try to place tiles or tokens. One or two players are the runner(s) who have escaped from prison and are attempting to get back to their hideout, and the other player(s) are chasers representing the detectives in pursuit.
- The runner wins if they reach their hideout.
- The chaser wins if they catch a runner before they reach their hideout.