Clue Jr.: The Case of the Missing Cake Review
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Ages: 5-8 (and older)
Playing time: about 30 minutes

My almost-seven-year-old nephew, Nathan, recently introduced me to Clue Jr. after weíd polished off the cake at his birthday party. While his little sister ran around the yard and played with his new toys, Nathan went hunting for the game and quickly helped his mom run through the rules for me. Since I played the grown-up version of Clue when I was a kid, I had a general ideaóand I was excited to try an easier, more relaxed version of the game.

In Clue Jr.: The Case of the Missing Cake, players race to figure out which character (the same characters you may have met in the original game) ate the missing cake at what time of the dayóbefore washing it down with which beverage. Players take turns moving game pieces around the game board, visiting rooms, collecting clues, and marking their findings down as they try to be the first to solve the mystery.

Though itís been years since Iíve played the original version of Clue, Clue Jr. is just as much fun as I remember the grown-up version being. My nephew loves the secrecy and competition (though he was pretty mad when his mom just beat him to the final answers), and I loved that it was a more relaxed version of the grown-up gameóone thatís great for playing on the deck on a lazy Sunday afternoon. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I talked my mom into playing a round with me after my nephew decided to move on to something else. So while Clue Jr. is a game thatís designed to be easy for young kids, itís also fun enough for adults.

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