Cluedo & Clue Computer Games


Computer Games

Cluedo Commodore 64:

One of the first Cluedo computer games appeared in 1984 for the Commodore 64 computer. This was published by Leisure Genius games. Click on the pictures for screen shots. Thanks to Andrew Williams for the info and pictures!

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Cluedo Master Detective Computer Game:

1989 saw the release of this computer version of Cluedo Master Detective for the Atari, Amiga and the PC. With the option of playing with up to three computer opponents and only needing at least one human player for a game - this was one of the first versions where you could play a game of Cluedo on your own!

Click on the image above right for a close-up on the board; or head over to Clue: A Computer Game & A VCR Game where you can download a free copy of the game for your PC!

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Cluedo CDi:

In 1994, 3T Productions developed one of the best games that were ever released on the CDi (but then it didn't have much competition!)
The disc contained 3 mysteries - "The Hooded Madonna", "Happy Ever After" and "Deadly Patent" - in which you could move around the rooms, interview the suspects and try to work out who killed Mr. Boddy.
A cut down version of "Deadly Patent" made it onto the PC in the Cluedo CD-Rom Computer Game.

The Cast:
  • Mrs White - Joan Sims
  • Mrs Peacock - Susan Wooldridge
  • Professor Plum - David Healy
  • Mr Green - Stuart Milligan
  • Colonel Mustard - John Standing
  • Miss Scarlet - Nicola Van Dam
  • Mr Boddy - Angus MacInnes
  • The Butler - Terence Harvey

Cluedo CDi Big Breakfast Advert
(1.59 Meg. Real Media)

The Hooded Madonna Intro
(528K Real Media)
Happy Ever After Intro
(611K Real Media)
Deadly Patent Intro
(615K Real Media)

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Cluedo : The Mysteries Continue CDi:

Due to the popularity (in CDi terms) of the first set of mysteries; The Mysteries Continue was released in 1995 with the stories : "Road to Damascus" "Blackmail" and "Not In My Backyard". These used the same actors as in the first game and again was filmed at Arley Hall (where the British TV Series was also filmed).
Cut down versions of "Road to Damascus" and "Blackmail" made it onto the PC in the Cluedo CD-Rom Computer Game.

The Cast:
  • Mrs White - Joan Sims
  • Mrs Peacock - Susan Wooldridge
  • Professor Plum - David Healy
  • Mr Green - Stuart Milligan
  • Colonel Mustard - John Standing
  • Miss Scarlet - Nicola Van Dam
  • Mr Boddy - Angus MacInnes
  • The Butler - Terence Harvey
Road to Damascus Intro
(583K Real Media)
Blackmail Intro
(500K Real Media)
Not In My Backyard Intro
(528K Real Media)

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Cluedo CD-Rom:

In 1996, Hasbro Interactive released their first Cluedo PC CD-Rom game. This was a conversion of the Cluedo CDi and Cluedo : The Mysteries Continue CDi games. Three different mysteries were released - one on each of the 3 CD-Roms. Advertised as having 12 Mysteries; what they actually meant is that there were 3 "episodes" (Deadly Patent, The Road to Damascus, and Blackmail) with 4 skill levels (each having a different solution). Like the CDi originals, this version involved live actors and first- person 3-D views of Arlington Hall; but lost some features - for example the suspect interviews were changed from video clips to just sound samples.

Note: "Deadly Patent" is converted from Cluedo CDi. "Road to Damascus" and "Blackmail" are converted from Cluedo : The Mysteries Continue CDi

The Cast:
  • Mrs White - Joan Sims
  • Mrs Peacock - Susan Wooldridge
  • Professor Plum - David Healy
  • Mr Green - Stuart Milligan
  • Colonel Mustard - John Standing
  • Miss Scarlet - Nicola Van Dam
  • Mr Boddy - Angus MacInnes
  • The Butler - Terence Harvey
Deadly Patent Intro
(615K Real Media)
Road to Damascus Intro
(583K Real Media)
Blackmail Intro
(500K Real Media)

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Cluedo : Murder at Blackwell Grange / Clue : Murder at Boddy Mansion Computer Game:

In 1998, Hasbro Interactive released this fantastic computerised version of the board game.

Played with the same rules as Original Cluedo, this modern version of the game sports classy graphics, three ranges of computer opponents (which can be VERY good), network gaming, Butler voice-overs and 3D animated character cut-scenes for suggestions (click image on the right for an example - 666K Avi) - the same 3D characterisations that would later appear in Fatal Illusion.

Installation Posters & Intro Movie:
UK Poster US Poster Dutch Poster
French Poster German Poster Italian Poster
Spanish Poster Swedish Poster Intro (585K Real Media)

In May 2003, I asked Chris Nash, Lead Programmer on the game, a few questions:

Cluedofan.com: I'd also love to hear anything you can tell me about your time on the Clue projects e.g. : Was it a hard project or fun?

Chris Nash: It was definitely fun! It was hard at times too, e.g. crunch time near the end. But for the most part it was a fun project to work on. I loved the original board game, so working full time on the PC version for a year was a blast! The team I worked with was also greatóI was lucky to work with most of them again on the project following Clue.

Cluedofan.com: Did you have to conform to certain Clue standards (graphically) or were you given free reign?

Chris Nash: We were given some freedom, but in the end Hasbro had final say on graphical treatments and such. One big flaw in the game is the lack of a visual for suggestions made. For example, Miss Scarlet in the kitchen with knife should have a visual representation somewhere on the screen, but it doesnít. This is because of a call by one designer at Hasbro. The layout of the UI was the only real sore point for the whole game. The Game Designer wanted it one way, but Hasbro wanted it another. We did what Hasbro wanted despite the major flaw.

For the look of the mansion and such, I think we were given a lot of freedom, however I wasnít involved much in this process. The art was handled in Ames, Iowa and I was in Salt Lake City, Utah. All I heard was that it should look 1920-30-ish. One early art lead (she was later replaced) wanted to make the entire mansion Art Nouveau or Art Deco, but Hasbro said she could do one room that way, but not the whole mansion.

I shared a cubicle (it was a double-wide cubicle) was the interface designer. He wanted to make most of the interface elements Art Deco and Hasbro gave him the green light on that preference in order to make the UI consistent.

Overall, as far as I know, Hasbro didnít nit-pick us about every little element. They gave some broad guidelines and let us go. Of course they had the final say on everything, but I donít think we bumped heads on too many things.

Cluedofan.com: Did any of the characters go through different designs (e.g. Miss Scarlet being Chinese or Blonde)?

Chris Nash: In an early design document, which was never used, it was mentioned that Miss Scarlet should be from ďindeterminate Asian origin.Ē But I donít think any of the rest of the team envisioned her that way. I think the only guidelines we were given was that she be drop-dead gorgeous, which of course she is.

My wife is convinced that Miss Scarlet was modeled after our producer, Virginia. I donít think she was, but Virginia neither confirms nor denies this rumor. :)

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E-m@il Games Cluedo:

A cut down version of Cluedo : Murder at Blackwell Grange / Clue:  Murder at Boddy Mansion has been released, designed to be played by e-m@il in a similar manner to playing chess by mail. This version used the cards from the 50th Edition game and is VERY basic in style.

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Cluedo Chronicles Episode 1: Fatal Illusion / The Fatal Masque:

You are a Private Investigator, hired by Ian Masque to visit his Alpine chateaux along with a strange assortment of guests. But no sooner has the game begun, but a murder takes place. As you travel along the Rhine, on a cable car and through the chateaux, can you track down the killer, work out the connection to Sir Edward Black and solve the mysteries around you.

Packed with puzzles, this is a beautifully designed adventure game with animated 3D characters and fantastic cut scenes - click on the image right to see the main intro (1.25 Meg. Real Media).

Check out the MysteryNet site at: http://www.MysteryNet.com/cluechronicles/ . This has an online prequel to the Fatal Illusion game plus a good discussion board if you get stuck with the computer game (hint - use the search facility).

If you get REALLY stuck while playing, the walkthrough is on the Foul Play website.

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Clue Jr. Spyglass Mysteries CD Rom:

Clue Junior moves onto the PC for the first time in a version of the game which has the "Clue Kids" investigating the goings on in a museum. Unfortunately Hasbro decided to play around with the regular cast of characters and give them names that are puns on the original names e.g. Peter Fig (instead of Plum) and Mike Dijon (Dijon Mustard) - *groan*

'I went shopping today & bought Clue Jr SpyGlass Mysteries the CD-Rom Playset (featuring the handheld Clue Jr. SpyGlass). Of course I don't know how to connect the spyglass to my computer "gameport", but anyways, the 5 themes of this museum quest are Science, Dinosaur, Jungle, Medieval & Egyptian. Each museum wing has a curator: Jungle wing: Major I.M. Hunter, Medieval wing is Dr. Henry VIII, Professor Cleo Petra of the Egyptian wing, Dr. Adam Atom of the Science wing, & Dr. Sue Raptor of the Dinosaur wing & they have various quirks & skills. The Clue Jr. Kids: Micahel "Mick" Bijon, Elizabeth Blanque, Peter Fig, Trudy Maroon, plus Joe Security & Mrs. Gabby Talker who sort of help them & the players. According to the booklet there is 15 cases to solve & 5 mini games.'
Text by: Marlene

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Super NES Clue:

This version of Clue works pretty much like the others. But unlike the other games, there are no cards involved.  Instead of disproving a suggestion with cards, they show you an animated vignette that gives you a clue that differs depending on the difficulty level.  Example: If you suggest Mrs. Peacock in the Billiard Room with the Knife, on an easier level it will respond with "Mrs. Peacock was in the Lounge" or on a higher level something more vague, "Mrs. Peaock did not have the Knife."
It's different, but fun all the same!
Text by: Eric

Download a PC version at Clue: A Computer Game & A VCR Game.

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Genesis Clue:

"Clue game cartridge for the SEGA GENESIS VIDEO GAME SYSTEM. Watch the mystery unfold in front of your eyes! Solve a different mystery every time you play! This game features hundreds of animated vignettes that reveal clues, suspense-building music and sound effects"
Text by: Netmarket.com

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