Welcome to our Cluedo review. Cluedo for Nintendo Switch brings the classic murder mystery solving boardgame to Nintendo’s hybrid console as Cluedo in the U.K and Clue in the U.S. Featuring classic characters and the core whodunit? mechanic of Cluedo, this really is a digital recreation of a popular board game.
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC
- Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: Marmalade Game Studio
- Publisher: Hasbro
- Multiplayer: Up To 6 Players Local And Online
- Available: 30th November 2018
- Price: £29.99 (U.K), $29.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 7 (UK/EU), E10+ (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
Cluedo for the Nintendo Switch is, for the most part, a perfect clone of the real board game. The gameplay is the same with the start of each game sealing three cards away in an envelope and dealing the rest out to each partaking player. You’ll then take it in turns to roll the dice and move to different areas of the board where you can choose two cards, one from characters, and one from weapons, whilst the location card is chosen based on the location you are at. Other players who may have one of the cards you’ve chosen will help you by showing that card, which ultimately helps you to rule out that person, weapon or location. Any cards you have been given are automatically crossed out on the clue sheet at the side of the screen so you know not to suggest certain things. Ultimately it all comes down to the last cards standing or when other players can’t present you any of the cards you have suggested, and once you have an idea you can make your accusation, although be sure to be sure as a wrong accusation means game over.
The sheet which is displayed on the right-hand side of the display is fully interactive and allows you to make notes based on what you see from other players. When a player presents you with a card to rule something out, it will automatically be noted on the sheet. You can also add your own notes based on your evidence and cards you believe other players have presented to each other.
The base version of Cluedo comes with six different themes which include gameboards and theme-based characters. Locations and character designs based on the Classic Mansion and Wild West are just some of these themes.
- Tudor Mansion
- Wild West
- Snowy Peaks
- Hollywood Studio
- Classic Mansion
If you choose to buy the season pass or go for the Complete Collection you’ll get additional access to the themes below.
- Murder Express
- Vampire Castle
- Egyptian Adventure
Since I received the game and a season pass I have access to every available character design. Each character has his or her own design based on theme they are selected from. For example in the Snowy Peaks theme, Scarlett is dressed up in a red snowboarding suit complete with a snowboard, and in the Hollywood theme, Mustard is dressed as a paparazzi.
The gameboard for each theme starts off with a fully 3D opening before switching to an overhead view of each room with staircases based in the center. Rolling the dice will tell you how many moves you can make on the grid, which will determine which rooms you can move to.
If you find yourself not being able to move far or into a room at all, there are a few different cards you can use to help you out, but these can only be used once per game.
- Peek – allows you to peek at a randomly picked card of a specified player
- Move – Allows you to move to any location
- Block – Prevents all other players from being able to accuse you for one turn
- Warning – Gives you a warning when another player is close to solving the murder mystery
While the game is a pretty enjoyable experience in single-player and features decent A.I, the real magic comes from playing the game online with real opponents instead of A.I. Like the single-player up to 6 players can take part in the murder solving fun.
There’s also a local multiplayer of sorts, but it relies on one main Nintendo Switch console and smartphones paired with a companion application that can be found on Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for iOS devices. Unfortunately, there’s no way to play Cluedo with proper single console multiplayer which is quite a shame, but this method of using smartphones is a rather clever way of enabling same room multiplayer at least.
Unfortunately, everything is unlocked from the get-go, which means there’s nothing to do to unlock new locations or characters which is a bit of let down as it gives no real incentive to come back and play unless you just want a quick game of Cluedo.
In conclusion, Cluedo is a brilliant digital replica of a board game I spent many hours playing with my family as a child. While it’s not quite the same as having the board game in front of you with all players sharing the same board, it’s about as close as you can get. While fun to play in single-player mode the experience is even better once you get online and start playing with people instead of A.I.
That concludes our Cluedo review. To purchase the game, check out the links below.