Rating: 4.9 Moderate
Difficulty:Very easy
Players: 3-6 players
Playing time: 45 minutes

Official Site: Clue official website (US)

Created by: Anthony E. Pratt, René Goscinny, Matt Groening, Rune Johansson, Albert Uderzo

Published by: (Unknown), Alga, Basic Fun, Inc.

Alternate Names: Clue/Parcheesi, Clue: Alfred Hitchcock Edition, Clue: Family Guy Collector's Edition, Clue: Juicy Couture, Clue: Scooby-Doo! Where are you?


Clue, also known as Cluedo, is a murder-mystery solving game where players try to figure out the three main facts of a murder: the murderer, the location of the murder, and the murder weapon.

They do this by clever deduction. Their characters run around a board, which represents the rooms of a large mansion, to gather evidence to narrow down their list of 6 suspects, locations and murder weapons.

The game is played by 3 to 6 players and each player is one of the six characters (Mr. Green, Prof. Plum, Miss Scarlet, Mrs. White, Col. Mustard, and Mrs. Peacock) in the game.

The nine possible rooms are the Study, the Hall, the Lounge, the Library, the Dining Room, the Billiard Room, the Conservatory, the Ballroom, and the Kitchen. The possible weapons are the Knife, Revolver, Rope, Lead Pipe, Candlestick, and Wrench.

Game Play

The murder will occur in any of the 9 rooms, using any of the 6 weapons (dagger, candlestick, revolver, rope, lead pining and spanner) by any of the 6 characters.

Someone draws at random a suspects card, a weapons card and a room's card. The cards will be put into a secret envelope and is the solution of the crime.

Next, the remaining cards will be shuffled again and being distributed among the players. The players can look at their cards and cross off them from the list that contain all suspects, weapons and rooms.

Each character has a designated spot from where he or she has to start.

Then the game begins by players rolling the dice and going into rooms. When a player enters a room he or she gets to make a guess on who committed the murder and using what weapon in that room. The other players will try to prove him or her is wrong by showing cards if he or she has them.

The cards he or she sees will then be struck off the list he has. This goes on and on until finally someone is left with just one poker clue and is able to guess about who the murderer was, what weapon he or she used to kill the person, and in what room he murdered that person.

You get to pretend you're Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot. And there are so many possibilities of who, where, and with what weapon, that the mystery changes every time you play.

You can experience the escape and enjoyment of playing a game while collecting the right information and making the correct deductions in order to solve the mystery.

Clue is a great detective game and suitable for players of age 8 and up.

The site is also available in Dutch Language.

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  • Clue Game Board which shows 9 rooms
  • 6 colored tokens, each representing one of the suspects: Colonel Mustard (yellow), Miss Scarlet (red), Professor Plum (purple), Mr. Green (green), Mrs. White (white) and Mrs. Peacock (blue).
  • 6 miniature weapons: Rope, Lead Pipe, Knife, Wrench, Candlestick, Revolver
  • Pack of cards: 1 card for each of the 6 Suspects, 6 Weapons and 9 Rooms
  • Note books
  • Case File Confidential envelope
  • One die


  1. Take that Suspect token and place it on the assigned starting space.

    If fewer than 6 are playing, be sure to place the remaining tokens onto the appropriate names because they might be involved in the crime! …

Suspected Murder Weapons

Likely murder weapons were identified as follows:

  • Revolver
  • Dagger
  • Lead Pipe
  • Rope
  • Candlestick
  • Wrench

Suspected Characters

NameMrs. Patricia Peacock

Mrs. Peacock is a socialite and a terrible gossip. Inviting her to your parties can be a mistake; not inviting her can be far worse.

For all her faults, Mr. Boddy once courted Mrs. Peacock until the beautiful Miss Scarlet arrived.

NameColonel Michael Mustard

Colonel Mustard plays in the stereotypical 'great white hunter' and is the fiancée of Mrs. Peacock. …

  1. Cross off your cards correctly

    This seems obvious, but you would be surprised how many people realize after the game they didn't cross off a card.

  2. Eliminate one possibility every turn

    If you can eliminate all false possibilities first, then you have a huge advantage over the other players. …

No Dice

Each player gets 9 moves on his turn. It costs 1 move to travel one space and 3 moves to make a guess, accuse a killer or travel down a secret passage to the other side of the board.

Speed Moves

You can move to any adjacent room or use a secret passageway.

Skeleton Key

In the center of the board, there is a skeleton key and players may use it to lock or unlock rooms. When a room is locked, a player can only unlock it with the skeleton key. …

  • There is a world championship competition for Cluedo every few years.

  • Standard Clue(do) provides 324 possible outcomes, the Gift and 50th anniversary editions boost it up to 378 with the addition of a 7th weapon.

  • In an episode of Northern Exposure, the leads play a surreal game of Clue in which the man imagines the girl to be Miss Scarlet.

  • The 1963 Clue can be briefly seen in the current film Toy Story 2.

  • The United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Portugal, and Sweden all had a version of the Cluedo televsion series, but not America. …

Star Wars Edition

It's the Clue game transported to the world of Star Wars. In this game, it's a period of civil war, and players have managed to sneak onto the Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death Star!

Be the first player to find out which planet Darth Vader plans to destroy next, which room the Death Star plans are hidden in, and which vehicle is the correct escape vehicle. …

Clue is a very famous board game that was introduced in the year 1949 by Anthony E. Pratt in the UK. His wife designed the board

It was originally published in Leeds, England in 1949, under the name Cluedo. It was devised by Anthony E. Pratt, a solicitor's clerk from Birmingham.

After many years of perfecting the mechanics of the game and filing a provisional specification, Mr. Pratt visited Waddington's Games in Leeds, England to discuss the possibilities for its manufacture.

Waddington's personnel played the first game in the office of the Managing Director. They liked what they saw and agreed to produce the game. …

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