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- 2 to 6 players.
- Ages 8 and up.
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Overall, this game plays much differently than the original Clue. The setup involves setting each suspect's "residence" to the correct clue for this game--a process that is guided by the playbook that comes with the game. Then a brief introduction to the mystery is read, and the game begins. The players only really need to deduce who is guilty, since landing on Tudor mansion in any given turn gives away the whereabouts of the culprit. Every roll of the die results in either a visit to one of the eight main spots on the board, or the drawing of a card that usually lets you visit one of the eight main spots on the board. The game moves much more quickly than Clue or Clue FX, but mostly because it's so easy to win.
In the end, this game is much simpler and less challenging than other Clue games. Add in the fact that there are only fifty mysteries total, and you drastically reduce the replay value of the game. It's an interesting spin on a classic, but the classic proves to be more entertaining.
The gameplay is nothing like Clue. Instead, you are presented a mystery. You travel around the board retrieving clues that lead you to the solution to the mystery. The gameplay is pretty straightforward.
The execution, however, is a bit difficult. The various tools used to decode the clues, I found, add an unnecessary level of difficulty to the game. Getting the mirror in just the right spot, using the magic red filter...all cute but unnecessary tricks that add little to the gameplay. The cases themselves are of moderate difficulty.
The game is well-suited to a mixed group of adults and older children. Adult-only crowds probably will not enjoy this game terribly unless the group has some affinity toward Clue itself. Those familiar with 221B Baker Street will find an uncanning similarity, but the 221B game, I find, has a much better execution and plays much better in an adult-only setting.
This is not a bad game, but play 221B Baker Street if you want more of a challenge.
The game comes with a red plastic reading glass that you put over the clues to read them. It also has a mirror because some of the clues are written backwards so you have to read it in a reflection. The last object is a key with holes in it and you have to put it over the card to show you the right letters that spell out a place where the suspect can be found.
I give the Clue people a lot of credit for being bold and stepping outside the original game play to try something different. I'm 42 and I think it's a very clever game. They also make a card game for clue which is also fun but has a learning curve.
The itself board is visually appealing - a British town square represented with rich, vibrant colors. There are also clue cards and scene cards that make the gathering of clues somewhat more difficult. But overall, once the game is set up, it is very straightforward to play.
The game includes a manual describing the storyline and dial settings connected with each of the 50 mysteries, and each solution contains a paragraph or two explaining why the "crime" occurred. This book was not written for early elementary kids, so I had to paraphrase for the mystery/solution to make sense to them.
What appealed most to my kids was the way the game plays physically. You get several sturdy cardboard folding "clip boards" with a picture of the 12 suspects on the left and a slot that holds your clue sheet on the right. You must set up the game by twisting the dials in each of the character's homes to the correct number. To decode the clues on the back of the dials, you use either a mirror (to reflect the writing correctly), a key with holes in it that reveal the correct letters for the location of the criminal, and a red magnifying glass, that you hold over the writing to make the clue pop out. This was really fun for my kids.
I can understand how adults might not like this game, since it really is not that challenging. But I definitely recommend it for any child who fancies himself a spy or a detective. It is excellent for teaching basic reasoning too. My kids have enjoyed this game and have played repeatedly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like the orginial clue so I decided to try this one out. I ended up really liking it. With a couple people playing its a really fun race to see who can figure it out... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alexis
Have never played this game before. Very good when playing with the grandkids.Published 21 months ago by Nancy L Smith
this variation on clue is really fun. i recommend it for any one who is a big game board buff like i amPublished on January 24, 2014 by Jaime A. Solorzano
I played this game once at a friends and looked for it at stores, not selling there, looked on the web out of production, finally found one and I bought it. Love ItPublished on July 17, 2013 by Hope.FL
This is more challenging than the original Clue or Cluedo, but you can only play about one hundred times if you have a good memory, or unlimited times if you have a bad... Read morePublished on September 13, 2009 by Ronin
When I first got this game in the mail I was delighted since, it has entirely new mysteries to solve. Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by Jesenia Magnia
Very interesting spoof of the original game. I found the first one boring after a few plays, but this one still interests my kids and I after 10+ plays. Read morePublished on November 3, 2006 by C. Rivers
Excellent product! I really appreciate the option to choose any of the 50 given mystery cases to solve. After playing all 50, you can just start all over again! Fun, fun, fun game! Read morePublished on May 31, 2006 by Melissa Lewis