Clue: The Classic Mystery Game

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Classic mystery game pushes in-app purchases.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to think strategically and use logic to find the truth. In order to determine the culprit, location, and weapon of the murder, kids will use the information they have to make educated guesses. They'll have to be strategic about where they move on the board, and what types of guesses they make to secure additional clues.

Ease of Play

Basic tutorial gets you started, but full help is tucked away in settings. Some topics need more coverage to be useful.

Violence

The game's focus is on solving a murder, in part by guessing the weapon, include a revolver, dagger, and rope. No blood or gore's shown during play.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

The app offers appealing in-app purchases without parental approval required. This is also the latest remake of the classic board game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

At least one of the characters is smoking (a pipe).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Clue: The Classic Mystery Game is a digital remake of the favorite childhood whodunnit game for iOS and Android devices. As such, the overall theme is dark (you are solving a murder, after all) and kids will be contemplating a series of murder weapons used to kill people as they play, although nothing's shown. Players under the age of 16 are encouraged to get parental approval to play, although that merely requires answering a simply math problem. The game offers in-app purchases for additional characters ($2.99 each), boards ($3.99 each), theme packs of a board and six characters ($6.99 each), or a complete content unlock for $35.99. Parents can expect pressure to buy these as they do look like fun. In addition, most of the characters of color are only available for purchase. The game has a single player mode (against AI), online against strangers, and online with friends. There's no chat option for online play, but players can create/edit their own user names so questionable content may appear. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 and 7-year-old Written byEllingtonEdTech January 11, 2021
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byMarci5883 June 2, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written byastronauts_nickii September 4, 2020

What's it about?

CLUE: THE CLASSIC MYSTERY GAME brings all of the intrigue you may remember as a kid minus the cheating that sometimes came along for the ride. Kids choose a character from one of six included, or select from one of the dozens of paid add-ons. They also choose a board; the standard board is included, but player can purchase themed boards (with characters, if they choose) such as Sherlock, Murder Express, Vampire Castle, and Egyptian Adventure. They also have the option to play solo (with AI), online with strangers, or online with friends. 

Is it any good?

This old-school favorite translates well to the digital version, as long as you understand the basic rules. Clue: The Classic Mystery Game plays just like the board game, but with many actions automated for you. For example, the cards in your hand are automatically crossed out on your notepad to make it easier to detect the murderer. Those who have never played before may find it all a bit confusing, as the tutorial doesn't explain very much, and the help option is tucked away in the settings menu. But since you can't move to the wrong room or select an inappropriate card, those who just play along will likely figure most of it out.

It would be nice to have a few more characters unlocked with the paid game, especially where it would add to the diversity of options. And overall the presentation of the in-app purchases feels heavy-handed for a paid app. You're frequently presented with a new board or character, knowing that you're being asked to shell out more cash just to access this new content. But if you grew up with a sibling who loved to cheat, the digital version of Clue: The Classic Mystery Game might offer you the retribution you've been longing for.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using logic in a game like this. How do you figure out which cards the other players have? How do you keep them from knowing which cards you have?

  • What are your family rules about in-app purchases? Is there a reason to constantly charge for additional content, or should this be wrapped into the initial price of the app?

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