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Clue (Walmart)

Requested by onlyindreams145

Someone murdered Mr. Boddy and it’s up to you to figure out whom.  Play as one of six suspects, each connected to the victim, and figure out who done it.

The plot is the standard murder mystery that makes the game popular in the first place.  The characters themselves are the standard tropes you would find in a classic mystery movie.  Miss Scarlet is the beautiful femme fatale. Colonel Mustard is the decorated war hero. Mrs. Peacock is the widowed socialite.  Mr. Green is the corrupt business, or con man in this version. Professor Plum is the classic scholarly gentleman. The only difference, besides a change in Mr. Green’s profession, is replacing Mrs. White with the new character, Dr. Orchid.  She’s the adopted child of Mr. Boddy with a PhD in plant toxicology. Those of you who are familiar with Clue know that Mrs. White held the job of Mr. Boddy’s housekeeper. I don’t know why this change happened, but I suspected they did so in order to have a career-oriented woman as part of the game.  An article I found on the Washington Post only slightly confirmed my suspicion. Apparently, feminists ran a petition for the makers of Clue to change Mrs. White’s job to being a doctor or a scientist. In response, the makers decide to remove Mrs. White from the game entirely and replace her with Dr. Orchid.  They also made this new character Asian so not all of the characters will be white. Only problem is that the makers enforced an Asian stereotype, which might just be an accident. I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt on this one. Other people are a little upset about their decision to replace Mrs. White with Dr. Orchid because they don’t like change, my mom being one of them.  In all reality, I wouldn’t have known about this had my mom not bought the game from Wal-Mart. We thought we had the original Clue but we might have given the game away in a daily purge by accident. Therefore, my mom had to purchase this new version.

The characters aren’t the only part of the game that changed.  In the classic game, you play a character, roll the dice, go to a room, and guess who did it with what weapon in that very room.  If your friends have one of the cards you mention, then you know that you’re wrong. Then, if you’re sure, you can accuse someone with a specific weapon and in what room the suspect killed Mr. Boddy.  If you get it right, you win. If not, you’re out of the game. You have to separate the cards into three piles, suspect, weapon and location. Therefore, the solution changes with each game. The rules say that you can accuse any time, but my mom and I have this one house rule.  You can only accuse on your next turn as long as you spend the next two turns exiting the room and then re-entering again. Well, in the new version, you also have nine clue cards that you have to use if you roll a magnifying glass with the dice on your turn. If you roll two, you have to take two cards instead of one.  If you’d rather play the classic game, then the clue cards aren’t necessary. The game also added a new style for a two-player game. You have to take four of the cards and put each one in a different room. When you enter said room, you can reveal the card. It adds challenge to a two-player game, but the clue cards seem more distracting than actually being a part of the game.  However, that might be because I’m not a big fan of change.

This game is addictive and intriguing.  I give it 7 out of 10; still adjusting to the clue card change.

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