Clue The Classic Edition
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154 of 155 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2010
Clue is one of those transcendent games that's maintained it's viability for over 50 years. Why? It still feels fresh and is flat-out fun to play.

Here's a quick synopsis for the unfamiliar: There's been a murder at the mansion and you're a character in a race to figure out who did it, what weapon they used, and which room the murder occurred in. Be the first to get your accusation right and you win the game.

The suspect, weapon, and room combo changes every game through a brilliantly simple process involving cards and a CONFIDENTIAL case file envelope. It takes about 5 minutes to set up and usually between 20 - 40 minutes to play. Clue can be played with as few as 2 people, but 3 - 6 is ideal as it adds layers to uncovering clues (without increasing the complexity). The game states it's appropriate for ages 8 and up, and my 8-year-old understands the concepts well enough to have lots of fun and often be competitive (if I leave my cut-throat self at the door). The learning curve for this game is really quick, especially if you have a seasoned player helping explain the rules. If not, don't worry. You'll be solving murders in no time.

The "Classic Edition" bills itself as having the "Original Suspects, Rooms, & Weapons". (There have been a few updated editions released that included extra weapons and rooms.) If you grew up on Clue or are familiar with editions released prior to 1990, this will very likely be the format you're familiar with. The character pawns are stained wood and all weapons are metallic. The only difference I detected from my 1980s edition was the artwork on the cards. It looks as though the manufacturer resurrected the original 1949 artwork as well, giving the game a very classic, whodunit-y feel. All in all, the stellar gameplay remains the same.

In addition to rating fun and durability at 5-stars, I gave Clue's educational value a 4-star rating. Why? This game effortlessly teaches logic and deductive reasoning. It may seem funny to be wholeheartedly recommending a game that centers around a murder as a wholesome family-friendly activity, but oddly enough, it is. The "murder" aspect of the game is very downplayed, almost an afterthought. The entire fun and point of the game comes from the discoveries of the "who", the "where", and the "what" details.

If you're looking for a fun board game to add to the collection, or relive some fond game-playing memories, I can't recommend Clue highly enough. And take it from me: Clue is best played on a dark and stormy night...

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2011
Now this is the Clue I so fondly remember from childhood! This game calls to mind the golden age of British mysteries; I am always surprised not to find Hercule Poirot or Jane Marple wandering through the story. Same classic rooms, same old weapons, same great characters- this is the version of Clue to play if you want to recall those rainy childhood afternoons. I was delighted to find it after seeing the new version which is not at all to my taste.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2011
I played clue as a kid. Was looking for the classic version for my 7 year old son for this past Christmas. We played it together and he LOVED it. Still the same game, still lots of fun!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2011
My family always plays a lot of games, and during the past year I guess we've been playing very regularly (TV viewing time has decreased dramatically by design). Lately, we've been rotating between the 'new' and the 'old' and, when Clue's turn came around, well... we had the usual great time. Teaching my kids about reasoning and how to apply deductive logic seems so abstract until you play this game. Process of elimination? Clue illustrates it in spades. Who did it? Where? Using What? The basic premise - solving a mystery - is an intuitive and fundamental part of our essence, regardless of what the mystery actually is. That's why playing this game is more than just being a 'detective'. Unsurprisingly, I still haven't come across anybody who doesn't like it. A classic in every sense of the word.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2011
I could not find this edition of "Clue" anywhere except on Amazon. Its the old and the good version
of this classic game.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 27, 2013
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In a time when it seems that the classic board games are being produced and sold at the cheapest price point possible, this edition of Clue might make someone pause. After all, when big box retailers are offering games at $5 each, why pay almost three times that amount? This item answers that question well.

According to the box, Clue has been around since 1949, which predates me by more than a few years. When you open the box, you will find the game board that is folded in half and measures approximately 19"x19" when unfolded. The printing on the game board is well-done, and the thickness of the board reminds me of the board games I played back in the 70s and 80s.

The game pieces continue the classic feel. Rather than some lightweight plastic material, the suspected weapons have a metallic feel and weight to them. The game tokens are plastic, but that's also something that I'm accustomed to outside of Monopoly and its metal tokens. The game cards are sturdy and should hold up to repeatedly play and the normal wear and tear that come from use by kids of various ages.

Clue is a game that requires a little more from players than just rolling a die and moving a piece. Players must use deduction skills to figure out who did it, where, and how. The box says that it's good for those aged 8 and above. A test group of kids from 9-13 enjoyed playing the game, but I do think that kids younger than 7 or 8 will probably lose interest before the game is completed.

It's nice to see a classic, well-built edition of a popular game. I would much rather pay the money to have something that will last for years than to get something that is not durable and just doesn't have a good feel while playing it just because it was on sale for $5.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2011
I remember playing this game when I was growing up and all the fun it was. While there are newer versions of Clue available they have been slightly changed from the original so I was ecstatic when I found that a classic edition of Clue was available. The 'murder weapons' are all made out of quality material as well as the cards and board. I was definitely recommend this product to friends and family (and even strangers).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2010
This was a Christmas gift for my 7 year old cousin and he was thrilled with it. It arrived in time and in great condition (new). From what I hear from the family, he is enjoying it immensely. This was ordered from his wish list and I think wish lists are the best thing ever. I try to order from Amazon when an item is available from them and am always satisfied. Thanks and Happy New Year!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2014
Hasbro has been on a kick of updating its classic board games over the past 5-10 years. While some games like Monopoly received mostly minor tweaks in packaging and graphics, others like "Clue" have received complete makeovers. Buy the current version of Clue that Hasbro is publishing, and you'll realize that the mansion layout is completely different (obviously they make the game faster for kids with short attention spans), the classic artwork is completely revamped and "modernized" (i.e. the classic "Billiard Room" is now the "Game Room", complete with a giant flatscreen TV), and the suspect cards feature the likenesses of real-life actors who look nothing like you remember the classic Clue suspects looking. At it's heart, that new version is still "Clue", but it certainly looks and feels very different than you remember.

Enter Clue: The Classic Edition. THIS much better resembles the version of Clue you remember, complete with the classic mansion layout and artwork that evokes 1940s/50s Agatha Christie-style detective stories. However, from what I've seen online, this version of the game seems to be a hybrid of various versions throughout the years. The character cards and weapons seem to be from some of the early, late-40s versions of Clue, but the artwork on the game board itself is the one I'm most familiar with from the 90s (even though the layout is virtually identical to Clue boards that go all the way back to the late 40s). So depending on when you first played Clue, there will almost certainly be some small differences to the version you remember. (i.e. the suspect cards are not the same as the ones I remember from the 80s/90s versions of the game, and this version features the "pistol" instead of the better-known "revolver" as one of the weapons--both of these I would probably consider improvements). Still, this is much more the Clue you remember than the ones you can find in big box stores today.

This version of Clue also costs a bit more than the ones you can buy in stores today, but you get what you pay for. The board is a sturdy, bi-fold board common to classic board games but not quite as common to the cheaper-made games these days. The print on the board is beautiful and shiny--probably even nicer than the classic versions actually were when they were first opened. The pieces, weapons, and cards are all very sturdy. And the game itself is still one of the best of the best of the classic board games.

If one of your reasons for buying Clue is that you fondly remember playing it years ago, there's no question about it--this is the version of the game to get.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Time a family spends together is priceless. This game is an excellent addition to your families game arsenal. We were concerned our seven year old might not be able to participate, but she caught right on. Take a night off from TV to play as a family.
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