Is There A Harder Version Of Clue / Cluedo? 3 Amazing Alternatives

We all love the family favorite board game clue but once you have mastered a great strategy does it become too easy? Is there a harder version of clue? 

Let’s have a look at some of the alternatives…

 

Clue Master Detective 

 

Clue Master detective is a great alternative when you are looking for a harder version of clue. The game was first brought out in the 1980’s and is a jumbo sized version of clue.

The game boasts more suspects, more murder weapons and more possible murder locations making the game much harder and will really put your detective skills to the test. 

Much like the original Clue the object of the game is to solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Body with which weapon and in what location. 

The game consists of ten suspects which are the original 6:

  • Miss Scarlet
  • Professor Plum
  • Mrs White
  • Colonel Mustard
  • Mrs Peacock 
  • Mr Green

And 4 new characters:

  • Miss Peach
  • Mme Rose
  • Sgt Gray
  • Monsieur Brunette

There are now 8 possible weapons:

  • Candlestick
  • Dagger
  • Revolver
  • Rope
  • Lead Pipe 
  • Wrench

With the introduction of

  • Horseshoe
  • Poison

And 12 possible rooms the the murder could have taken place:

  • Conservatory 
  • Kitchen
  • Trophy Room
  • Drawing Room 
  • Carriage House
  • Studio
  • Billiard Room
  • Courtyard
  • Fountain 
  • Library 
  • Gazebo 
  • Cloak Room

The gameplay itself is mirrored on the original Clue game where players take turns in moving around the board making suggestions to eliminate possible suspects, weapons and locations to solve the mystery and win the game. 

The difference in this version of the game is the introduction of ‘Snoop Spaces’ which are marked on the board with a magnifying glass. When a player lands on a snoop space this let’s then broaden their investigation by letting them choose an opponents card to secretly look at without having to make a suggestion.

If you are looking for a harder version of clue then this game certainly won’t disappoint.

 

221b Baker Street

 

221b Baker Street is a murder mystery game where players take on the role of Sherlock Holmes solving cases that are presented to them at 221b Baker Street. 

Much like Clue this game requires players to move around the board looking for clues in different locations in the city of London. There are 75 different cases to be solved and 3 different game modes that these can be played. 

 

How To Play 221b Baker Street

 

At the beginning of the game players choose one of the 75 case cards to play and discard the rest. Each player is given a coloured playing piece, a solutions checklist card, a skeleton key and a Scotland Yard badge. 

All players begin their game by placing their coloured playing piece at 221b Baker Street and nominate one player to read out the instructions for the case from the chosen case card. The case card will give players an idea of what clues they are going to be looking for, for that particular case. 

Similarly to Clue players take turns to roll the dice and move around the location spaces on the board collecting clues to help them solve the case. The twist to this game is that if a player receives a really good clue in a particular location they have the ability to lock a location with their Scotland Yard badge.

No player is allowed to enter a location if it is locked by a Scotland Yard badge unless they have a Skeleton key. Scotland Yard badges and Skeleton keys can only be used once during a game however you do have the chance to collect more by visiting either the locksmith or Scotland Yard itself. 

This can slow opposing players down exceptionally if they have to keep traveling to the locksmith to gain a key to open a location. 

**You can only have one Scotland Yard badge and skeleton key at any one time in the game**

Once a player feels they have enough clues to solve the case they must travel back to 221b Baker Street. They must then write down the solution to the case and check to see if they were right in the booklet provided. 

If they are right, they win. If they aren’t right then much like Clue the play returns to the other players. 

221b Baker Street is an amazing variation to a game of clue, it takes much more skill, strategy and really does test your detective expertise. When considering playing a harder version of Clue this game is a big contender.

 

Read More: Can you play Clue with two players?

 

Mysterium

 

Mysterium is a co-operative murder mystery board game where one player takes on the role of the ghost and the other players become psychics to try and solve the ghosts murder. 

The player who has been assigned to be the ghost cannot talk throughout the duration of the game. Instead they must show cards and give clues to the physics to help them identify their suspect, location and murder weapon. 

The psychics will play co-operatively and players only have seven turns represented on the number of hours on the clock to complete each individuals task. After which they will then get one final vision from the ghost and will take a vote on which suspect is the true culprit along with the weapon and location.

When looking for a harder version of clue, this game is much more complex but once you learn the rules it is a really fun game.

 

Is Mysterium Better Than Clue? 

 

Clue is definitely a classic board game but it can become boring when played many times. Mysterium has a level of complexity that makes gameplay much more interesting. Mysterium also offers 3 different game difficulties which makes the game much more compelling to play. 

 

Conclusion 

 

If you want to play a harder version of clue but don’t want to shy too far away from the classic game then Clue Master detective is definitely the choice for you. If you want a game that really exercises your brain and delivers much more difficultly then I definitely recommend playing either 221b Baker Street or Mysterium

Do you have any recommendations of a harder version of Clue? I’d love to know in the comments.