I received this game as a gift, since anyone who knows me also knows how much I love a new Clue game.
90 — 95% of this edition is exactly what Hasbro has already been selling for 2 years now (linked in the comments below): an attractively updated Clue game featuring the new suspect Dr. Orchid, and a return to the classic board design (after spending the better part of a decade with a scaled down, modernized board, this is certainly a welcome feature). The biggest draw to this edition comes from the inclusion of fully sculpted character pieces (already available in international editions of Hasbro’s Cluedo games, but woefully absent from our North American Clue games, which were saddled with the generic pawns Clue has featured for decades). These are a fun aesthetic upgrade from the prior edition’s pawns.
The next big new thing is, clearly, the card-revealing mirror. This replaces the solution envelope of past editions with a battery operated magic mirror to reveal the Who, What, and Where of Mr. Boddy’s murder. It’s a sturdy chunk of plastic, but is it worth the price tag on this new edition? Not at all. Hasbro hasn’t even bothered to integrate the mirror into the narrative of the game. Where, in the house, is this magic mirror? Why does it know the solution to the crime? Players will have to be creative, or just suspend their disbelief a little more while playing the game.
It’s too early to tell if this is meant to replace the previous edition as Hasbro’s standard offering for Clue players, or if it will be sold alongside the “analog” version as a deluxe alternative. Most players will be fine sticking with whichever edition of Clue they’ve been playing for decades. Anyone in the market for a new edition should use their own judgment to decide if fancier playing pieces & the gimmick of the mirror are worth paying almost 2x the cost of the original Dr. Orchid edition.
Pros: -Character pieces -Larger box -Some integrated storage within the box for tokens & mirror
Cons: -Board/cards/notepad must be stored under the box insert, with no way to secure the cards from scattering inside the box -No batteries? No mirror effect for you -Bonus deck still limited to just 9 cards while the international editions have 29 in this deck
Neutral: -The mirror will draw in younger players, but is otherwise a very half-baked “upgrade” which doesn’t justify the MSRP
I came across this item by accident. I mean I'm a huge Clue fan and buy any official board game that Hasbro makes. But this one did not come up on my normal search. I stumbled across it and instantly added it to my shopping cart and bought it. The magic mirror is basically a blank until you push the button and a light inside illuminates the 3 cards inside revealing whodunit. The playing pieces are not little small nubs but rather human shaped in their respective characters. The board is the same as the 2017 version with Dr. Orchid. All in all the magic mirror is a nice touch and I look forward to Hasbro making more versions of Clue. The other reviewer is 100% wrong. Getting tired with the crappy reviews. Leave it alone!
Hasbro if you're listening: Clue Master Detective a 2018 or 2019 edition would be nice! There are a huge number of fans that want a new updated Clue Master Detective!