Playing Time: about 30 minutes
cleaning this week, I stumbled upon an old classic: Clue. Intrigued, I dusted it off and
challenged my husband to an enticing game of “whodunit.” I was pleased to find that the
game is still just as much fun as it was when I played it as a kid.
people are familiar with the basic premise of the game: Mr. Boddy, a millionaire, is
found murdered in his home. Six people were in his mansion at the time of the murder:
Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, and Mr. Green.
It is up to the game players to pinpoint who killed Mr. Boddy, what weapon he or she
used, and what room the crime took place in.
The game comes with a game
board, six playing pieces, and a deck of cards—each with a suspect, a room, and a weapon.
At the beginning of the game, one card from each category is taken from the deck and
placed in a secret envelope. This envelope now contains the solution to the crime. The
rest of the cards are dealt to the players. The players, using process of elimination,
travel to different rooms of the mansion and suggest different scenarios in attempts to
solve the crime. The first player to figure out which three cards are in the secret
Clue, like so many classic Parker Brothers games (Monopoly, for
instance) definitely stands up to the test of time. The game is every bit as strategic,
fast-paced, competitive, and fun as it was when it first hit the market. There’s really
nothing quite as satisfying as figuring out the mystery (“Miss Scarlet in the
Conservatory with the Lead Pipe!”) just a few seconds faster than your opponents. Clue
is great fun, and perfect for a night in with the family.