Clue DVD Game
How to Play the Clue DVD Game
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Playing the Clue DVD Game
The Clue DVD Game is similar in theme to other versions of Clue (or Cluedo, if you prefer.) In fact, no matter what Clue edition or version you're playing, it remains a game of deduction. But this one is made more interesting by the inclusion of a DVD component. The DVD features videos of an animated butler and an inspector, both of whom ask the players questions and provide clues to the players. The Clue DVD Game also includes a decoder lens. The game comes with ten unique cases and a general randomized game, so it has some replay value even after you've played through and solved the ten unique cases.
The Clue DVD Game is not the first Clue game to include an interactive component. It was preceded by a Parker Brothers game called the Clue VCR Mystery Game, which is now out-of-print and collectible. (But it's not super-expensive. I was able to find copies of the Clue VCR Mystery Game for sale online in good condition for around $10. I even found a copy in "like new" condition for $17 plus shipping.)
This precursor to the Clue DVD Game saw some popularity, because it spawned a sequel, called Clue II Murder in Disguise - A VCR Mystery Game. Both of these VCR games were published in the mid to late 1980's.
How to Play the Clue DVD Game - Instructions, Rules
The Clue DVD Game rules aren't much different from the traditional game's rules. The floor plan is more-or-less the same, and the Clue DVD Game characters are the same as those in the original game. But thematically, there is a small difference. Instead of a murder case, this game (like Clue Junior) presents a case of theft. Your goal in the Clue DVD Game is to figure out who the thief is, what they stole, and when and where they stole it. (You'll notice that the mysteries in the Clue DVD Game have four aspects instead of three.)
If you're familiar with roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons, then you've heard of the concept of the dungeonmaster. In RPGs, a dungeonmaster (or gamemaster) presents the stories, while the rest of the players act out the action. In Clue DVD Game, the DVD acts as the gamemaster or dungeonmaster.
Some reviewers on Amazon complained that the Clue DVD Game instructions aren't as clear as they should have been. If you have a lot of experience with games in general, and Clue in particular, you'll probably be able to figure things out regardless of the instructions.
Clue DVD Game Strategy Tips for Winning
The best strategy for winning at Clue is to gather information WITHOUT giving up information to the other players. This tip works in the Clue DVD Game too.
Just like in Clue, once you've decided that you think you've solved the case, you can check to see if your solution is correct. But in the Clue DVD Game, you watch a video using the special decoder that's included with the game to see if you're right. If you're right, you get to watch a cool detective show that explains the mystery. If you're wrong, you have to give clues to the other players.
Clue DVD Game Reviews
Reviews of the Clue DVD Game are mostly positive. On Amazon, out of 41 reviews, 28 of them gave the game four or five stars. That's about 75% of the reviewers who rated the game as excellent or better. Only four of the reviewers gave the game two or three stars, while nine reviewers gave the game one star. So it seems as if there's no middle of the road when it comes to Clue DVD Game reviews. Players seem to either love it or hate it, and most of them seem to love it.
The retail price for the Clue DVD Game is around $35 at the time of this writing.
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