by HASBRO; GAMES CAFE; REAL ARCADE
I need to say immediately that Real Arcade has now closed and though Big Fish Games took over most of their publications, CLUE CLASSIC wasn’t one of them. Hasbro lists the game on their site as NA (Not Available). However GamesCafe.com /gamescafe.com still has the game under their DOWNLOAD & PLAY FREE GAMES on their main page. If you want a copy, or to at least test it then open that site and you can scroll down to it.
Story: Solve the mystery that’s kept everyone guessing for more than 50 years. Col. Mustard, Prof. Plum, Miss Scarlet and the rest of the usual suspects have gathered together in stately Tudor Mansion to determine who killed Mr. Boddy, where the murder was committed, and how it was done. Was it Mr. Green in the Hall with the revolver? Or perhaps it was Mrs. Peacock in the ballroom with the lead pipe? With six suspects, six possible murder weapons and nine rooms in the mansion, there are hundreds of possibilities, and plenty of clues to investigate! A family favorite for generations of gamers, CLUE Classic is a whodunit you’ll want to solve again and again! (Games Cafe Sales Blurb)
Options: These a quite basic, but for the type of game quite adequate. Full Screen gives you a laptop-PC-screen sized display but this is also adequate. You can enhance the graphics a little if you have a screen that does that.
Main Menu: Is user-friendly and basic. Achievements show on task bar which gives you access to Badges won and Promotions gained for winning games.
Music & Voice-Overs: Both are good and non-intrusive.
Desktop: Most of the Left/Central screen is used for the various Game-Play pages – House Floor Plan and character movements, Task Box and Selection/Deduction facilities. The Right side of screen houses the Data – Profile/Characters, Menu, Cards, Notebook, and History. These open with a click to show your card selection, your working Notebook of lists of Suspects, Weapons, and Rooms, and the History of the plays taken for reminders.
Tutorial: This is quick and very basic but all you need. At the start of Play you also choose whether to play with just 3 Suspects or up to 6 Suspects. The former gives you more frequent turns but you gain less info with each turn than the 6 player game gives you.
Graphics: Are fun and fairly clear and quite colourful.
Play Modes: These are selected when you choose the number of players/Suspects and are Rookie, Detective and Inspector. I usually just play Rookie in order to stay relaxed.
Game-play: This entails throwing dice to gain your first move, then when you enter a room you can choose which Suspect and which Weapon you want to link with that room to suggest as the murder trio. The other characters then show you if they have a card or no cards for that scenario. the turn moves on. Make notes of all Suspects/Weapons/Rooms that characters give you, including the negative ones. Remember that you just need to put who might have the 3 cards shown each time, and also who does not have them. These can all be adjusted as you go, and deleted and replaced with the correct choice when you are certain and have crossed the box, or ticked your final choice (only 1 for each section) to make your Accusation.
Player Participation: This is continual, as you play as the other characters have their turns as well as playing your own turn. As each game is fairly long you gain a great deal of Game-play.
Satisfaction Factor: It is actually very satisfying, not to mention really good for your brain activity.
Frustration Factors: A minor frustration is that the game is very slow to open – you sit there looking at your own wallpaper for some time before it suddenly opens. Hang in there. if you click on it again, in case you didn’t click properly the first time, it will pop up a message telling you not to try to open a game that is already opening. 😀
It is also frustrating when you wait too long to Make an Accusation – if you do and you’re wrong then you miss a turn at a fairly crucial time. Also if you wait till you are really certain before you Make the Accusation, one of the other characters can do so first and beat you to it. Then you lose the game!
I actually highly recommend this old game – it is fun, makes you think carefully, use logic and tactics, and be euphoric when you Make the Accusation correctly. 😀
Jud House 7/10/2017
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