It was over 40 years ago that the unfortunate Mr. Boddy (get it?) was first murdered in the board game, Clue. Sharpen your pencils, murder-mystery fans, 'cause Parker Brothers is ready to puzzle a new generation of fans with 16-bit versions of Clue. We've cracked the case on the Super Nintendo version, but a Genesis game is also in the works.
ProTip: If you use your own cards when you make a suggestion, you often force the computer to reveal information you need. It also misleads your opponents!
It's No Mystery
Up to six players (human or computer) compete in Clue to discover the identity, location, and weapon used in the murder of the infamous Boddy. Each player assumes the persona of one of the famous cast of suspects, ranging from the ever correct Colonel Mustard to the supercilious Miss Scarlet.
At the beginning of the game, each player is dealt a set of cards. With each roll of the dice (nicely simulated with a digitized hand), players advance around the board to different rooms in the mansion, where they can guess who did it with what and where. After a player makes a suggestion, the computer reveals a clue. The game includes special Detective Notepads that each player can use to record their clues. One player will eventually be able to figure out the likely culprit the weapon used, and the room in which the crime was committed.
If your opponent is heading for a specific room, sidetrack them by naming them as a suspect in another room. They'll be sent there.
Who, What, When, Where and Why
Although the name of this game is the same, the video game version features some nice new touches. There are five ranks of play, ranging ere from entering that mom! from Amateur to Detective. The higher the rank, the vaguer the clues and the more difficult the sleuthing. The game board is faithfully reproduced and animated character scenes and murder reenactments help the game to come alive. Board game and murder mystery fans alike will enjoy trying to get a Clue.
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