Im not a big fan of Cluedo but I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so when I saw this in waterstones a few years ago I just had to buy it. I remember it should have been £24.99 but it was on offer with £5 off the price so I quickly snatched one up and hurried over to the counter.
It plays pretty much the same as Cluedo - the aim of the game is to find out who did it, with what and where - but there are some added extras in this to fit in with the harry potter theme. The instructions are exciting on they're own as they are set out and look like the daily prophet! The board is set out like the inside of Hogwarts with rooms and locations that Harry Potter fans will know and love. The main feature with this version of Cluedo that is different from the original is the rotating bits of the board underneath each corner - which makes the secret passages and doorways move and disappear in true harry potter style. There is also the dark mark card, which can have different affects of the player or on other players, however you can also collect magic spells and items throughout the game to help you escape the effects of the dark mark! You also have House Points in the game, and if you loose all of these before the game is through then you are out - which is also an added feature of this version of Cluedo.
Overall this is a great variation of the original Cluedo game, and if you love harry potter then you will love this, everything from the look of the board to the added extras is great for any harry potter fan. It does take a while to get used to the rules of play, especially if like me you have rarely played cluedo, but once you get going its great fun.
If you're a total Harry Potter Geek like me, then you'll love this board game! The one picutred is the American version, but there is an English version of Cluedo available too! The game is suitable for younger Potter fans too - as rather than a character being murdered (like in normal cluedo) they have been 'kidnapped' by death eaters - still not nice, but less scary, and much easier than having to explain to young'uns that Hermionie isn't really dead!
Besides, you're going to solve the mystery and rescue Harry's companion anyway! The board shows rooms of Hogwarts and is beautifully presented. All the evil kidnappers are evil characters like Professor Umbridge, Drako Malfoy etc and the 'weapons' are spells, potions and magical objects.
It's fun to play, and certainly started a few Potter debates based on the magical objects you can collect to help you throughout the game.
Would certainly reccomend to Potter fans everywhere. Crack open the butterbeer, get some friends over and foil the death eaters once again!
Dr Black has been murdered! Shock! Horror! Hold the Front Page!
Was it Professor Plum with the Lead Pipe in the Dining Room?
Nah - that is so passé.
How about Bellatrix Lestrange with the Mandrake in the Divination Classroom?
Now we've got Cluedo in Hogwarts!
The Rules of Cluedo
Just in case anyone is unfamiliar with the rules of Cluedo here's a quick overview:
* Cluedo is a murder mystery game set in an English country house named Tudor Mansion which contains 9 rooms interconnected by corridors and 4 secret passages (perfect for sneaking away after committing murder most foul):
Kitchen, Ballroom , Conservatory, Dining Room, Billiard Room, Library, Lounge, Hall, Study
* Up to 6 players can play as one of the following 6 characters (of which one will be the murderer of the unfortunate victim Dr Black):
Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mrs White, Rev Green, Mrs Peacock, Professor Plum
* The mansion contains 6 potential murder weapons:
Dagger, Candlestick, Revolver, Rope, Lead Pipe, Spanner
* There are cards to represent every suspect, murder weapon and room and at the beginning of the room one of each are chosen at random and placed in an envelope to be placed in the middle of the board (the Cellar). The rest of the cards are then dealt out evenly to the players.
* Players sit round the square board which display the 9 rooms and a square around the edge to represent each murder suspect. The players will automatically become the murder suspect nearest to where they are sitting in relation to the board and will take the token that represents that character as their playing piece. The player as Miss Scarlet starts and will roll the dice and move as many spaces on the board.
* If player roll enough to reach a room or use a secret passage to enter a new room without a die roll they can make a suggestion of the murder suspect and weapon - the room they suggest must be the room they are in. The person clockwise of them must then disprove their suggestion by showing just one card secretly to them with any one of the suggestions - if the player cannot disprove any of the suggestions it moves on to the next player.
* Once a player believes they know the who, with what and where they can wait till their next turn to make an Accusation. They then check the envelope and if they are wrong they are out of the game except to help disprove a player's suggestion later on in the game. The winner is the player that first makes a correct Accusation.
Cluedo Harry Potter style
The basics are the same but with a few new twists.
* The Tudor Mansion is now Hogwarts with 9 different rooms to play in:
Divination Classroom, Potions Classroom , Library, Great Hall, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Room of Requirement, Hospital Wing, Owlery, Trophy Room
* The game is now no longer to find a murderer but to find a missing Hogwarts student kidnapped by a practitioner of the Dark Arts. The potential kidnap victims are:
Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter
* The characters the players can assume are now no longer the suspects but one of the above Hogwarts students and since one is missing rather than the previous limit of 6 players, now only a limit of 5 can play (3 at a minimum)
* The new suspects are:
Draco Malfoy, Dolores Umbridge, Peter Pettigrew, Bellatrix Lestrange, Crabbe & Goyle, Lucius Malfoy
* The new items involved in the kidnapping are:
Sleeping Draught, Vanishing Cabinet, Petrificus Totalus, Mandrake, Portkey, Impedimenta
* As per the original one of each suggestion card is placed in an envelope and placed in Dumbledore's office in the centre of the board and the rest are dealt out evenly to the players.
* Players are given 60 House points each to start with and are out of the game if they lose all their points. At the start of the game each player is also issued with a Help card of some kind to help ward off an attack of Dark Magic.
* There are now 3 dice - two normal and a Hogwarts dice. On the Hogwarts dice there are the crests of the four Houses of Hogwarts, a Dark Mark and a Star symbol. All 3 dice are rolled at the start of a turn and the first element of a turn is based upon the Hogwarts dice. If one of the House crests is displayed then a dial on one of the corners of the board that shares this symbol must be turned one notch clockwise. If a Dark Mark is revealed then a Dark Mark card must be drawn or else the turn can continue without peril.
- The Dark Mark cards will reveal what vicious Dark Arts attack occurs to the Hogwarts students (a card may refer to just the current player, all players or a specific location on the board where one or more unlucky student may have the grave misfortune to be situated). These cards may cause a player to lose house points or help cards.
- The Help Cards come in the form of an Ally, an Item or a Spell which a player may be lucky enough to have to ward of a Dark Arts attack to prevent them losing house points or other Help cards or to help them in other ways around the board such as to enter rooms through locked doors e.g. ALOHOMORA - damn it did nothing.
* The rules of moving around the board are the same including the same old secret passages from the four corner rooms but there are additional Star squares which will give you a Help card if you land on them (you don't need to use your whole die roll to reach one of these squares).
* One final difference is that in order to make an Accusation the player must get to Dumbledore's Office before they can proclaim the kidnapper rather than just waiting for their next turn which can lead to a race between two confident players.
* One thing to note - if all the players lose their House points are fail to guess correctly then the poor missing student will be lost to the Dark Arts...forever!
I always enjoyed the original Cluedo but I find this Harry Potter version is so much more exciting with the added dimension of having the Dark Arts working against you as well as your opponents. There is now nervous tension every time the Hogwarts dice is rolled in case a Dark Mark is revealed either on the dice or as a result of turning a House dial and then the players are kept in suspense as the Dark Mark Card is read before the full extent of the attack is revealed. As House points begin dwindling, and Dark Art attacks become more frequent the panic starts to rise - will the missing student become lost forever before the kidnapper can be revealed?
I may have made it all sound a bit more dramatic than it really is, but still there is definitely more excitement to be had than in the original version and potentially a few more strategies in blocking off other players and trying to collect help cards. This game is also great if you are a Harry Potter fan as you will obviously be familiar with all the characters and spells and to a certain extent it will bring the magic of Harry Potter (pun totally intended) alive again which kids and adults can enjoy alike.
The only annoying thing about this game for me was the excess of cardboard that the manufacturers deemed necessary to package the majority of the playing pieces. The initial set up nearly took longer than the first game we played as we had to spend time popping out house coins and character tokens and then locating tiny perforations on the main board and removing those little bits of cardboard which left us with a huge pile of now redundant cardboard that would be tricky to recycle and some of which would probably be a choking hazard to certain stupid pets. You also have to stick on tiny labels to the Hogwarts dice which requires the steadiness of a surgeon's hands which sadly - the klutz that I am - I simply don't possess. Still once it's done the game is then much easier to play the next time!
So, in conclusion, the Harry Potter version of Cluedo is a fantastic and exciting upgrade of the original and is perfect for Harry Potter fans and Cluedo fans alike and at £19.98 from Amazon it is a pretty good price, though it would be worth shopping around to see if you can get it a bit cheaper!
But a word of advice - it's best for someone to win the game or the weight of the irrevocably lost student will become a terrible and unbearable burden on your consciences...
I have a vague recollection of normal cluedo (Professor Plum with the lead piping in the library etc.) but couldn't really remember how to play.
What better than a Harry Potter version??
The rules are all laid out for you in "The Daily Prophet" instruction sheet and as an addition (I think!) compared to the normal cluedo, there are rotating panels underneath which seal off some doorways and open other secret passages - I like this because often you might want to have a guess but don't roll enough numbers on the dice.
The basic premise is each player has cards dealt to them. There are 3 that are removed, one is a person card, one is a room card and one is a weapon card. They are placed in a sealed pocket. By powers of deduction, questioning and reason, you have to guess which cards are essentially missing. I like the game as it involves a fair amount of skill and some level of ingenuity if you want to be really sneaky about it.
Our game lasted about an hour, once we played the first time it became easy to understand the rules. This version has additional dark marks, ally cards, help cards and house points to spice it up a bit.
It can be played simply for children (states over 9) or being more sneaky, can provide hours of entertainment for adults (who want to be kids again!).
No idea how much it cost as it was bought for me, but apparently it is quite hard to get hold of and was selling for £20 on eBay!
A nice twist on an old favourite.
Yet another variation on the much loved Cluedo. As a massive CLudeo and Harry Potter fan, I had to have it to add to my collection. Little did I know that this wasn't 'just another variant'.
The board itself has been transformed into the interior of Hogwarts School, using rooms that Harry Potter fans all know and love. The colours have also been softened and transformed into a sepia type effect, which fits with the Harry Potter theme effectively. The main idea behind the game is to still find out who did it (one of the main characters will have been kidknapped!!), with what spell or magical item, and where. But this is where the main similarities stop.
The secret passages are still there, but in true Hogwarts style, they might not stay around for long!! Not only to the secret passages change throughout the game, but some doors will mysteriously become locked or re-opened! (All through a nifty rotating circle at each corner of the board).
Keep an eye out for the Dark Mark! If you roll a Dark Mark, or one of the rotating corners suddenly allows a Dark Mark to appear, you have to take a Dark Mark card. The effects of the Dark Mark vary depending on the card details, but it could affect anyone! It may affect everyone in the corridors for example! But don't worry, throughout the game you can collect magical items, spells or specific 'good' characters who could help you escape the effects of the Dark Mark. If, however, you find yourself unable to protect yourself, you could loose valuable house points. Each character starts with a certain number of house points, and if you loose them all before the end of the game, you're out! (I'm glad to report that this has happened very rarely, but certainly adds extra tension at the end when you're all battling to give the correct solution at the same time - you only need one badly timed Dark Mark, no means to defend yourself, and victory could be swept away from you!)
Overall, a fantastic and inventive variation of the classic Cluedo, and can be played by fans and non-fans of Harry Potter (although a little explanation regarding storylines and characters might be required with Harry Potter virgins!!). A great buy for Cluedo lovers!