Do you enjoy the simplicity of the board game Clue, but feel it’s a hassle to lug a board game with you when you visit friends? Well Winning Moves Games has the solution for you! They have converted Clue to a nice portable card game that includes most of the elements of the original game. As an added bonus you don’t have to worry about rolling dice and moving around the game board before making suggestions and accusations. This way the game progresses a lot quicker.
In this game there are 6 suspect cards, 6 vehicle cards and 9 destination cards. The dealer will start by shuffling each type of card seperately and then selecting one card of each without looking and putting them in the shelf for the solution. After that the dealer shuffles all the clue cards together and deals the cards out to all the players. The game is for 3-5 players so with 4 or 5 players some players will receive more cards than others. This is ok, if you play multiple games it will balance out over the different rounds. Along with the clue cards there are action cards. These action cards are what dictate how the clue seeking will progress. Each player starts with one action card in their hand. Finally each player chooses one of the location markers and puts it in front of them with the remaining markers surrounding the card tray.
On your turn you draw an action card, and then decide between playing one of the two action cards in your hand. Each type of action card results in a different way of viewing clues from opponents. The “make a suggestion from any destination” you are able to make a suggestion as to the suspect, vehicle and location no matter what location you are located at, if you do not have the correct location marker in front of you just swap yours with the one you need when you make your suggestion. If you select a “make a suggeestion from presentation (or move)” card then you must make the accusation using the location marker in front of you, or you can exchange your location marker with another one but then you can’t make a suggestion. If you get a “snoop” card you tell one of your opponents to lay their hand face down on the table, you take one card, view it, and then return it. Another version of this card is the “all snoop card” which everyone gets to do this with the player’s hand to their left.
If you play a super sleuth card you read it and every one of your opponents must show you a card that matches the description if they have one in their hand. The final card results in secrecy. It is the “private tip card”, this card if you play it you do not want to read it to all your opponents. You hand it to one opponent, they must give it back to you with any cards that match the request to view and return. You then discard that card without the opponents seeing that private tip card (all the other action cards you play are discarded face up).
For the first two cards I mentioned when you make a suggestion, the person to your left has the first chance to show you a card in their hand from your suggestion, if they don’t have any of the three cards it goes to the next opponent to show you and so on until you see a card or no opponents are able to show you a card. To end the game you make an accusation. You can do this after a suggestion, or instead of taking other actions on your turn. You announce a suspect, vehicle and location (it does not have to be the location marker you have), and then look at the solution. Just like in the board game you then look at the solution. If you are right show the opponents all three cards and you win. If you are incorrect put them back without saying a word and announce you were incorrect.
If you are incorrect the game continues, but you will no longer make suggestions or accusations. The game continues until someone has a correct accusation. I would suggest deciding ahead of time to play until someone wins a certain number of games, or you play a certain number and then determine the one who wins the most to be the winner of the game. At less than $10 this game is a good purchase for anyone that enjoys the Clue board game.