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57 of 62 found the following review helpful:
Can't Believe I Was "Clue-less" For So Long! Dec 02, 2001
By Lee DeWald
I just played this game for the first time a few days ago. One of my roommates had it, but we had never played it. And I will admit that it took me a while to catch on; it probably didn't help that four people were all trying to tell me at the same time how the game was to be played and instead of getting an overdose of what to do, I had no clue (no pun intended). But after a couple games, I started to get a feel for how the game is to be played. And then I thought it was a lot of fun.
The purpose of "Clue" is to find out who murdered Mr. Boddy. Was it Mrs. Peacock in the Conservatory with the Wrench? Or was it Mr. Green in the Lounge with the Candlestick? Perhaps it was Ms. Scarlett in the Library with the Rope? With so many people, places and objects to choose from, figuring who did the dirty deed, where he or she did it, and what he or she did it with can be mind-boggling.
I was playing with seasoned veterans the first time I played it, so of course I got murdered (no pun intended again) the first couple of times I played it. But I'll explain how to avoid this below.
Fun: This game is a lot of fun once you catch on. It can quickly become addictive, which I think is what happened to me. After every game I was like, "Let's play again!" when everyone else had had enough. When I win for the first time, then enough will be enough. But until then . . .
Educational Value: Definitely a game that will make you think, not to mention strategize. Here's a tip on how NOT to get hammered the first couple of times you play. Don't focus in on just one thing at once. The mistake I made was trying to focus in on just who did it, for example, while everyone else was taking equal stabs at who did it, where, and with what. By the time you figure out who did it, someone else has already figured out everything else. Then it's like, "Well, hey now, wait a minute. I haven't even begun to start working out where the murder took place and what the murder was done with." That is my advice. That's experience talking, folks.
Durability: This game is pretty durable. It's your standard board game with cards and a single dice. Just as long as the dog or something doesn't decide to use it for a chew toy, I think you'll be all right.
In short, give "Clue" a try. It's definitely a challenge, one that I haven't figured out yet, and it has enough twists and turns to keep you hooked for hours. The game changes every time you play, so it's not like you're ever going to get bored with it.
Don't continue to be "clue-less" like I was (okay, now THAT was a pun)!
30 of 31 found the following review helpful:
A timeless classic you can't wear out! 5 stars! Jan 19, 2001
By Alan R. Holyoak
As another reviewer quipped, I played it as a child, I play it as an adult. I must admit that I hadn't played this game for a long time, but when my 8-yr old son pulled it out of the game closet at Gma's house we had a great time. My son enjoyed it so much that he asked for a copy for Christmas...and Santa willingly obliged.
We now play "Clue!" regularly. It's a great family game. Now that our children are beyond "Candyland" and "Chutes and Ladders" we are happy to move on to games like this one.
Just in case you've been off planet for the past 30 years or so, here's how the game works:
Up to 6 players roll a dice and move their marker around a board that represents a mansion as they seek out which person in the game was the murderer, what the murder weapon was, and which room the murder was committed in. If you are clever enough maybe you'll be the first one to figure out "who done it!"
A great family game (as long as you don't think about the murder aspect too much), and the game's never the same twice...and if it is you'll never know until it's all over.
"Clue!" is a timeless classic that is destined to be around for a long, long time!
Good luck, and pass the rope, er...popcorn
35 of 39 found the following review helpful:
Turn a Miss Marple story into a board game and get CLUE! Aug 06, 1999
This game was everyone's favorite when I was in elementary school. On rainy days people would call up all their friends and ask them to come over and play Clue. The idea was to collect as many people as possible because more players makes the game harder, longer, and more fun. However, it is still a good game with only two or three people, and having fewer players makes it easier for younger kids and beginners. The game is entertaining and challenging because of the mystery aspect and because logic and strategy as well as luck are required to win. Unlike many board games, you are not restricted to a single path, and you can't tell who is going to win untill the end, so players don't get discouraged because they are "behind". Clue is easy to learn and doesn't require any esoteric strategies, but it remains challenging and fun for adults - I'm in college now and I still enjoy it (although I'm afraid I don't have the chance to play it very often.)
Clue is an indelible, if very minor, pop culture icon that most people who were kids any time in the last 20 years or so will identify with- between the game and the movie, if you say Colonel Mustard did it in the library with the candlestick to someone and they don't catch the reference, you should immediately try to compensate for their deprived childhood by ordering them their own copy of this game.
19 of 21 found the following review helpful:
Didn't get what I thought I was getting. Jan 11, 2009
By Joyce G. Peach
I have played Clue since I was a child and I bought this product for my grandson. He had played it and liked it. I have an old game and I was buying him his own. Mine has the regular colored pieces to move representing Miss Scarlett, Col Mustard, etc... From the picture of the product,the play pieces of Miss Scarlett, Col Mustard, etc. should have been little statues which looked like the actual people. I was very disappointed when he opened the game and I saw cheap plastic play pieces. The old ones in my set would have been better. The pictures of the games are deceptive. You don't get what you think. I could have gone to Wal-Mart and only paid $10.00. This game cost almost 3 times that. Disappointed.
9 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Mystery heaven for kids! Oct 10, 2000
By Rebecca of Amazon
"The Rebecca Review"
With paper and pen in hand, we would cross off all the suspects as we knew they were no longer suspect. We did this in a most serious way, determined we would find out who the murderer was, who did it and what they used to do it. Sounds awful, but kids don't think of it that way.
Before the game starts, three cards are selected and put into a small paper envelope. Just make sure no one sees the cards. Then let the game begin and learn to look for clues, analyze the results of your choices and as soon as you think you have figured it out, you can look at the cards. If you are wrong, you are out of the game...so be really sure! I enjoyed this game until I was about 12. I play it now and then with my nieces.
~The Rebecca Review
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