Clue Board Games Variations
Over the years there have been a great number of variant versions and spin-offs of the Game of Clue. Some were versions of the basic clue game with alternative sets of rules, while others were themed versions based on various tv shows, bands, movies etc.The first rule variant version was released in 1985 and was called Clue VCR Mystery Game. It included a videotape which showed various funny short clips of the game's characters. Players watched these scenes to try to get hints about who the guilty person was and the game used only the video rather than a game board. There were only weapons and five rooms in this version, but there were 10 suspects including some new characters like M. Brunette, Madam Rose, Sgt Gray, and Miss Peach.
In 1986 Super Cluedo Challenge was released. This was a new version of the regular board game but it included expanded rules, some different game play elements, and the new characters from the video version. A sequel to the VCR version called Clue VCR II: Murder in Disguise was released in 1988. Another expanded board game version, called Cluedo Master Detective, was released in 1988 and was later turned into a video game. The last variant version to be released in the 1980's was the 1989 Clue Jr.: Case of the Missing Pet. It was a version aimed at smaller children that dealt with a missing pet rather than a more scary murder.
1991 saw the release of Clue: The Great Museum Caper in which players tried to catch a thief who was stealing paintings. Each player takes a turn for one round being the thief. The person who is the most successful thief at the end of all the rounds is then named the winner of the game. There were 2 variants in 1992: Cluedo Card game which was a card matching game, and Cluedo Little Detective which was for children. Junior Cluedo was released in 1993 and had a theme that dealt with ghosts and finding out who the players' ancestors were.
It was the first Cluedo game for a younger audience. Clue do Super Sleuth was released in 1995 and used a set of tiles rather than a playing board and many rule changes. Clue Jr.: The Case of the Hidden Toys came out in 1998 and was sort of a sequel to the original Clue Jr. The final variant of the Nineties was the 1999 Cluedo 50th anniversary which had many deluxe features and an extra murder weapon I celebration of the anniversary of the release of the original Clue board game.
The next year saw the release of Cluedo: Passport to Murder which was an updated and revised version of Super Cluedo Challenge. The setting where the game took place was changed, but the basic game play was basically the same. In 2002 Cluedo Card Game was released it had a different theme from the other Cluedo Card Game, but the same name. The 2003 Cluedo SFX added some new characters and features as well as some electronic devices which had an announcers voice calling moves rather than having players roll dice.
2003 also saw the release of a 3rd Clue Junior, this one called The Case of the Missing Cake. Cluedo Mysteries was released in 2005 and released as Clue Mysteries in 2006. It featured more rule changes and some game play variations. Also in 2005 Cluedo DVD game came out. It was similar to the VHS game except it offered much more interactivity with the video thanks to DVD technology. Clue Suspects was a 2007 puzzle game and Cluedo: Discover the Secrets is the latest version of the original Clue board game. It features new weapons, characters, and other expanded features.
There have been a number of themed versions as well including: Alfred Hitchcock, The Simpsons, Dungeons and Dragons, The Haunted Mansion, Scooby Doo, The Twilight Zone, and Harry Potter. There have been some versions released without the official licensing of the owners of the Clue franchise as well including: Kill Doctor Lucky, an unlicensed Harry Potter game, Mystery Museum which was a Christian Bible themed version, Clue of Cthulhu based on the books of H.P. Lovecraft, and PikaClue based on the Pokemon toys.