Clue VCR Mystery Game
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Players: 2 or more
Ages: 13 and up
Weight: 805 grams
Average Rating: 4.3 in 3 reviews
I loved it. I wish they made more of them. I really enjoyed this game. They should bring them back. Put some of the Great games on VCR Games. I hope maybe they will. I have been looking for copies of the Old Classic game and in my serach for it, I found out that they had a Clue II that I did not know about. So I found a copy, bid on it, and hope I win it. Anyway, great work, Parker Brothers.
I won't bother giving separate reviews for both Clue VCR Mystery Games, they're both right about on the same level. I likewise won't go into the gameplay extensively, as that has already been covered in the previous review. I have a mission here, and I intend to make it happen someday.
From my youth, when my brother and I first began playing this game I absolutely loved it. The combination of playing a game while watching a show is great. The actors are very good, and the way the scenes have been written make the videos very funny.
The only problem with this game is that at certain times you are allowed to replay a scene. This becomes tedious when trying to rewind to the exact moment when that scene begins.
This brings me to my purpose in writing this review. Hasbro/Parker Brothers needs to re-release this game on DVD! This game was meant for the technology of DVD players. Replaying a particular scene would be a button push away. And the DVD would be able to stop itself at a menu until you push a button to start the next scene. This gives you time to play a round of cards as you are supposed to after each scene.
The 1st edition is a little more focused on murder, and includes scenes of a seance and people running after each other with weapons. Because of this I would recommend that if you have younger players, seek out the 2nd edition as it is more mild. But the second video plays kind of like a sequel to the 1st edition, so you may miss some of the plot and inside jokes if you haven't seen the first one.
I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who can find it. But if you want it to be easier to play, join me in sending kindly requests to Hasbro/Parker Brothers for a Clue "DVD" Mystery Game.
I saw Elizabeth's review, and remembered this early VCR classic. It deserves a bit more verbiage, and so here is an explanation of the game.
The Clue VCR Mystery Game is not played on a board as its ancestor is, but instead with a set of cleverly designed cards and an elaborately produced VCR tape. Each player is assigned a character from the game, which introduced, I believe, 2 new characters to the mix.
One of the various 'cases' is picked, and the players watch several scenes in turn from the tape, picking up clues. A player might have a card that states that the murderer handles the rope in the third scene. In the cleverly-handled story within the game, each of the characters usually handles more than one weapon in each scene, which can mean the field is merely narrowed.
Since the players also have characters of their own, they must watch their video counterparts to see what they do. Points are scored not only for correctly identifying murderers and victims (there can be more than one of each!), but also for correctly identifying the characters of other players. Periodically, clues are given to other players as to your character's actions, and the astute viewer will be able to place each player with their doppelganger.
The cast of unknowns ham it up badly, but seem to be having a good time in the video. There are only a limited number of cases on the tape, but many of these overlap, using the same sub-set of scenes, making it harder to remember which murder went with which scenes. Coupled with the mechanic of identifying the randomly chosen characters, this game, unlike so many other VCR games, has immense replay value.
By far the best VCR game to ever hit the market, Clue definitely lives up to the reputation of its legendary parent. Highly recommended.