The Story Behind “Clue”

Clue” is a popular board game that has been well-loved by kids and adults for years. This mystery solving came piques the interest of mystery novel lovers, want to be amateur detectives and those who dream of forensic science careers.

The idea behind “Clue” is relatively simple. Players use their deduction skills to try to figure out which character committed the murder, where they did it and which weapon they used. Players take turns moving around the board and stating “suspicions” and letting other players prove their theories wrong.

The first game of “Clue” was manufactured in England in 1949 and continues to be sold by Hasbro in the United States. The creator of the game, Anthony E. Pratt, created it as a diversion to be played during air drills while people waited in bunkers under ground. He called the game “Murder!” Pratt sold the patent and game rights to a game manufacturer in England, and at the same time to the popular game company Parker Brothers in the United States. Parker Brothers renamed the game and sold it under the name “Clue,” which has been the game’s name in the U.S. ever since.

The original game had more characters, rooms, and weapons. Facets of the game that have been removed include:

  • Characters called Mr. Brown, Mr. Gold, Miss Grey and Mrs. Silver
  • One character designated as the victim
  • A gun room and a cellar
  • Weapons including an axe, bomb, poison, syringe, fireplace poker and a walking stick
  • Cards dealt to the rooms instead of the players

Over the years, there have been many revisions and additions to make the game what it is today. There have also been several spin offs and other games, television shows, plays, books and movies have been inspired by “Clue.”

This classic game never fails to entertain. With mystery, problem solving and fun characters, there aren’t many other games out there that can compete with “Clue.”

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