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This competitive murder mystery has you constantly guessing. In Clue, you are the detective. Race other players to find the culprit, the weapon, and the location of the crime. Start with little information, gathering clues as you go. Use deductive reasoning to narrow down possibilities.
Clue involves both skill and luck. The roll of the die may help or hinder you as you travel around the board. Explore each room in this fancy mansion, making guesses as you go. Keep that memory sharp and outsmart your opponents.
There’s nothing more exciting than that moment you’ve cracked the case. Show off your sleuthing skills by making an accusation first. But you only get one stab at it – so choose wisely!
If you want to test your investigation skills further, check out our 5 games like Clue. Some require teamwork, while others pin you against your suspicious opponents. But all games will have you questioning, researching, and uncovering mysteries of many kinds.
- Chronicles of Crime
- Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective
Playing time: 42 minutes
It’s the early 20th century, and you’ve just set foot in a fabulous – but haunted – mansion. The ghost that lurks through the hallways cannot rest until their crime is solved.
This game is semi-cooperative. All players band together for a common goal – find the murderer, weapon, and location. However, they must all come to the same conclusion separately rather than as a team. The ghost cannot speak but can give clues using similar cards to Clue.
Mysterium is also a murder mystery relying on deductive reasoning. The theme and card reveals are similar to Clue. However, in Mysterium, all players either win – or lose – collectively if everyone can uncover the crime correctly.
Chronicles of Crime
Playing time: 60-90 minutes
In Chronicles of Crime, your detectives work together to solve a murder case in London. This game combines technology with old-school board game elements to form a complete murder mystery.
Use a tablet or phone to scan the game and choose the narrative that suits you best. You’ll have all the item, room, and character cards at your disposal. Scan the ones you feel will provide clues – but be mindful of your time! Investigating scenes and questioning suspects takes precious time, and you’re on a strict deadline.
The scan & play experience with VR glasses adds a unique component. The theme and goal of the game are similar to Clue but without the competition. Instead of racing each other, you’ll be racing the clock to catch the killer!
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective
Playing time: 60-120 minutes
Travel back to Victorian London to play this traditional crime-solving game.
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective is not your typical board game. In fact, there is no board at all – but pieces of evidence such as maps, newspapers, and informants. This game uses storytelling, narrative choices, and teamwork to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Choose from the case studies to get started. This book will provide the background story to get started. Then your team of investigators is on their own. Follow up on clues and decide if they are worth noting or simply leading you astray.
Playing time: 40 minutes
Is it real, or is it an illusion? Get to the bottom of it in Obscurio – a deduction and exploration game based on visual clues.
Similar to Clue, the board game represents a mansion. However, this spooky mansion is not somewhere you want to stay long. Obscurio is a semi-cooperative game. Players must find their way to the exit using obscure clues.
Encountering obstacles along the way makes it all the more challenging. Communication and teamwork are crucial to making it out alive.
But beware! A traitor is in your midst. Will you fall into their trap? Or will your team safely make their way out? Find out in Obscurio!
Playing time: 30-50 minutes
Do you believe in Sasquatch or the Loch Ness Monster? Some people search far and wide for these mysterious cryptids despite the lack of evidence.
And today is your turn! Finding cryptids is the goal of this game. To find the animal, you must first find its habitat. The habitat can only be one of the many hexagonal tiles on this modular board.
Players receive different hints that all lead to the same place. With these clues in mind, players eliminate one tile at a time that cannot be the habitat. Question players and search the board to test your hypotheses. Pay attention to your opponents’ moves to find patterns, leading you to the correct tile.
Clue and Cryptid require players to reveal information strategically – you must be honest, but don’t give away too much! Can you find the Cryptid? Play and beat your opponents to the punch!
We hope you enjoyed our list of 5 games like Clue/Cluedo! If you fancy yourself a detective or explorer, these games are for you! If you liked any of these games, we just know you’ll also love: One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Forgotten Waters, Pandemic Legacy: Season 2, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, and T.I.M.E. Stories.
Have you tried any of the games on this list? Did we miss any of your favorites? Drop a comment below and let us know! We’d love to hear from you.