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Clue - Discover the Secrets (2008 Edition)

Clue - Discover the Secrets (2008 Edition)

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Gameplay in Brief:

In Clue (or Cludeo, as the game is known in Great Britain), players attempt to solve a mystery: Who killed Mr. Boddy? They move from room to room in a mansion, narrowing down their list of suspects, locations, and murder weapons. When a player correctly solves the crime, the game ends.

Here are the basic rules of Clue.

The Basics:

For 3 to 6 players, ages 8 and up. About 45 minutes per game.


Clue was designed by Anthony Pratt.


Clue was first published by Parker Brothers (now owned by Hasbro) in 1949.


Clue is a deduction game.

Other Editions:

Numerous editions of Clue have been published, including versions based on the television shows 24, Family Guy, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Scooby-Doo, and The Office. Other themed editions have been based on Alfred Hitchcock, Dungeons & Dragons, and Harry Potter.

Related Games:

A number of related games have also been published, including a number of Clue Jr. games for children, Clue VCR Mystery Game (1985), Clue Master Detective (1988), Clue: The Great Museum Caper (1991), Clue: The Card Game (2002), Clue FX (2003), Clue DVD Game (2005), Clue Express (2008), and Clue Secrets and Spies (2009).

Why Clue is Part of the Games Timeline:

Clue was the first widely popular mystery-themed game and has inspired many other deduction games. Here are the other games I believe are the most culturally and historically significant games published since 1800.

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