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The Best ‘Clue’ Versions You Need to Try

A 'Clue' board game on a table
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The original Clue board game was first released over 70 years ago, and the fact that it’s still around today with multiple iterations speaks to the game’s greatness. If you haven’t ever played the traditional Clue game, I’d start there. But if you have, explore the game’s many unique editions to reignite your love for Clue.

An Expansion of the Classic: Clue Master Detective

the Winning Moves Games Clue Master Detective board game and its contents
Winning Moves Games

If you don’t want to stray too far from the original Clue game, try out Clue Master Detective. The premise of this version and the original are exactly the same, just expanded. Your mission is to uncover who killed Mr. Boddy, with which weapon, and where. In this edition, there are four extra characters, two more weapons, and three extra locations, which means more people can play at once and there are more murder scenarios.

Three to ten people can play at once (ages 10 and up), taking turns to collect info on the case and try to figure out whodunnit. The first person to correctly identify the who, what, and where of the game is the winner. Depending on how many people are playing, the game can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.

An Expansion of the Classic

Clue Master Detective

Clue Master Detective takes the original game and adds to it for even more murderous possibilities.

Play Using Amazon Alexa: The Ghost of Mrs. White

Hasbro Clue Game Incuding The Ghost Of Mrs. White
Hasbro Gaming

In The Ghost of Mrs. White, the goal is to figure out the details of Mr. Boddy’s murder, just like in the original Clue game. You still have to figure out who killed Mr. Boddy, which weapon the culprit used, and where the murder took place. But in this version, Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, plays a fun role to keep the game interesting.

When anyone rolls doubles, the ghost of Mrs. White can be summoned by saying, “Alexa, ask Mrs. White.” Depending on what mood Mrs. White is in, you’ll either get help from her or she’ll end up helping another player instead. Two to six people (ages eight and up) can play at once, and each game should take about 40 minutes.

Play Using Amazon Alexa

The Ghost of Mrs. White

Amazon's Alexa can do more than just order your groceries and answer questions. This virtual assistant can partake in your Clue game!

Awesome For Kids: Clue Junior

Hasbro Gaming Clue Junior Board Game box and contents
Hasbro Gaming

Most versions of Clue are appropriate for ages eight and up, but Clue Junior is rated for ages five and up. This kid-friendly edition takes murder out of the game, but leaves the mystery. With two to six players, you have to be the first to correctly identify which toy is broken, who broke it, and when they committed the crime.

The game still features classic Clue characters—Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum, and Dr. Orchid—but mixes up the plot so there’s no death involved for the little ones. You can expect a short 15 to 20 minute playtime for each game.

Awesome For Kids

Clue Junior

Clue Junior is a super kid-friendly version that involves solving the mystery of who broke a toy, rather than who committed a murder.

Play Outside For a Change: Clue Giant Edition

Giant Clue Classic Mystery Party Retro Board Game contents
Spin Master Games

Giant versions of any game are a blast for family get-togethers, especially if you plan to be outside. You can play Giant Clue outdoors or indoors, with two to four people involved at once (ages eight and up). There’s no official playtime out there for this version, but since you have to physically move throughout the game, it might take a bit longer than other Clue games, around 60 to 90 minutes per session.

Nine rooms full of evidence are laid out in a circle in front of players. Then, on your turn, you spin the spinner and “move to a room” by standing beside the room’s large vinyl mat. When you’re in a room, you can pick up two evidence cards and choose one to keep. Or, you might end up snatching one of six large foam Tools as evidence on your turn.

Even though you can only have up to four players, the game still consists of the original six suspects of most Clue games: Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum, and Dr. Orchid. To win, you have to collect four pieces that all match in color, including suspect, room, and tool cards, as well as the physical foam Tool.

Play Outside For a Change

Clue Giant Edition

If you and your family love Clue, you'll absolutely love breaking out this version at the next barbecue.

It’s an Escape Room… In a Board Game: Treachery at Tudor Mansion

Clue Board Game Treachery at Tudor Mansion, Clue Escape Room Game contents

Treachery at Tudor Mansion is the only Clue game that can only be played once, is a cooperative game, and can be played by yourself (or with five other people). The six playable characters—Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum, and Dr. Orchid—have been invited to join Boddy Black at his mansion for dinner. When dinner is finished, Mr. Boddy tells everyone he intends to blackmail them. The house loses power, and when it comes back on, Mr. Boddy is dead.

Working with the other players (or solely by yourself), you have to escape the mansion and figure out who killed Mr. Boddy, where they did it, and with which specific weapon. You’ll unravel riddles by combining items, deducing the numbered solution, and then finding that particular card number in the deck to keep playing. Anyone ages 10 and up can jump in the fun.

If you’re intrigued by one-time solve mystery board games, check out Hunt a Killer’s many options. We had the chance to review Nancy Drew: Mystery at Magnolia Gardens and loved it!

It's an Escape Room... In a Board Game

Treachery at Tudor Mansion

Unlike traditional Clue games where you figure out the who, how, and why of a murder, this version has you working with other players to escape the mansion.

Use Spellbinding Chaos Cards: Disney Villains Edition

Clue Disney Villains Edition Board Game for Kids box and contents
Hasbro Gaming

The only reason Clue Disney Villains deserved its own entry (and not one of the special mentions below) is because of its special Chaos cards. If you roll the Maleficent icon on the die, you have to draw a Chaos card and carry out her bidding, which could include forcing another player to reveal a card from their hand or conjuring a secret passage.

With two to six people in each game, you can play as Ursula, Lady Tremaine, Dr. Facilier, Mother Gothel, Gaston, and Jafar. After you’re done admiring the beautiful Disney-themed artwork, it’s up to you to identify who stole the magic, where they hid it, and which specific magical item they stole. Anyone ages eight and up can play, and each game should last around an hour.

Use Spellbinding Chaos Cards

Disney Villains Edition

This Disney version takes the original Clue game and puts a unique, magical twist on it.

Special Franchise Editions

Just like there are many franchise editions of Monopoly, there are a ton of Clue versions attached to popular television and movie franchises. All of the special editions below follow the traditional rules of Clue—who did it, with what, and where—just with its own unique story and mystery.

While not every franchise has a Clue game, many cult classics do. If you don’t see your favorite franchise here, there’s no harm in doing a quick web search to see if it exists!

  • Harry Potter Edition: You can play as Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna, or Neville in this version, solving the mystery of who vanished, which spell was used, and where the crime happened. There can be three to five players at a time, ages eight and up.
  • Star Wars Edition: It’s up to you—Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, R2-D2, or C-3PO—to figure out Darth Vader’s next target, find the room with the Death Star’s secret plans, and steal the correct intergalactic vehicle to escape. With three to six players (ages eight and up), this edition is a fun blast to the past.
  • The Office Edition: Because of its slightly more mature content, the recommended age for this version is nine and up, with three to six players. The premise of Clue: The Office Edition is hilarious! In a murder mystery setting, figure out who killed Toby, where he was killed, and with which weapon. You can play as Jim, Stanley, Pam, Andy, Angela, or Dwight.
  • The Legend of Zelda Edition: Anything with the Zelda name slapped on it is probably going to be great. Well, not always, but in this case, it’s great (but pricey)! Play as Link, Impa, Nabooru, Zelda, Rauru, or Darunia to discover who is prophesied to defeat Ganondorf, which item will be used to defeat him, and where the final battle will take place. Two to six people can play, ages eight and up.
  • Scooby-Doo! Edition: This awesome Clue edition was released to celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary. In this wonderful mashup, the gang dresses up as their favorite Clue characters. So Fred is Mr. Green, Shaggy is Professor Plum, Daphne is Miss Scarlet, Velma is Mrs. Peacock, and Scooby-Doo is Colonel Mustard. Then, there’s also the character of Mrs. White. You have to solve the mystery of who was abducted at Mrs. White’s mansion, where they were snatched, and what item the monster left behind. Anyone ages eight and up can play, with three to six people at a time.
  • Golden Girls Edition: Who ate the last piece of cheesecake? That’s the hilarious mystery you have to solve in this edition, along with which room the cheesecake was stolen from and what the culprit accidentally left behind as evidence. You can play as Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, or Sophia, as well as two other unique characters from the show. Like other editions, you can play with two to six people and anyone ages eight and up can partake in the fun.
  • Finding Nemo Edition: This Clue version is super nostalgic. Playing as Crush, Destiny, Nigel, Marlin, Bruce, or Nemo, you get help find Dory after she got lost playing a game of hide-and-seek. Figure out what dangers Dory might face, who will need to help carry out your plan to find her, and where she is. The recommended age is eight and up, and two to six people can play at once.
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