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Selchow and Righter
Weight: 700 grams (estimated)
Average Rating: 4 in 3 reviews
This is a game that I used to play with my family growing up. It is always fun and and challenging. I don't think we ever had the same outcome all of the times we played it. This is a battle of wits where you compete with the other players to win... It is more involved than clue. You solve the game by a process of elimination. Everyone has alibis that when asked must show it to the person who asks. After you have seen everyone's alibi and seen all of the clues, you must head to the room that the crime took place in order to solve it. If you guess wrong, you are out. It is really alot of fun! Great game!!
Clue is another ubiquitous American game, living in the recesses of most family game closets, pulled out when Aunt Martha comes to visit, or on rainy days. It is a good game, and actually requires a certain amount of skill as well as the usual amount of luck.
Whodunit is a Clue-like game where players must determine not only the murderer, location, and weapon, but the motive as well. This gives it an immediate leg up on Clue, which requires only the first three elements to be discovered.
What distinguishes Whodunit, though is that each of these elements is represented by 3 separate characteristics. As an example, the murderer might be described as thin, dark, and neat. Each of the ten murderers is a unique combination of three of the five characteristcs for murderers.
What does this mean in regard to gameplay? Players still venture around the board from one location to another, but there are far fewer rooms in Whodunit, each of the four regions containing the clues for one of the four aspects of the murder. Disks are placed on several spaces, and are discovered by landing on them. There are also opportunities to question other players about their holdings, so a murderer could, for example, be discovered by either finding which three characteristics he possesses, or the two he does not.
The game is a bit deeper than Clue, and the components are utilitariab at best, and to be honest, are quite ugly. Still gameplay is fast and more interesting than Clue.
Long out of print, get if if you can find it. Recommended for those who like games of logic and deduction.
This game, out of print for a long time now, was a favorite of mine when growing up. I still bring it out of the closet from time to time for a play to this day. It is much different than Clue because it relies a lot more on luck of the dice.
There are decisions to be made, but it doesn't match the deduction necessary to win Clue. This is a great game for families, since the rules are simple for children to comprehend. Also, regardless of age, everyone has just as much of a chance to win.
If you can find an old copy of this game, and like to play games that have a lot of luck involved, give Whodunit a try.