You, in the library, looking at this list (Clue speak). Continue if you are looking for games like Clue and are curious about what similar games to play next. Clue, originally Cluedo, is a classic from 1949 and known by all. If we say “Professor Plum”, you know where that is from. A board has nine rooms and you need to move around to gather clues. To win you need to call out the murderer, the murder weapon and the room it took place in.
To determine this list we broke down Clue to what it is. This is a culturally significant whodunit game about deduction and memory. A game where you need everyone but need to trust no one. If you are looking for something similar, you have come to the right place. We took all this into consideration and came up with this list of the 5 board games like Clue.
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#05 | Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective
Sherlock Holmes makes the list of games like Clue because it is all about taking in clues to solve a crime. Sure it is more of a cooperative crime solving game than an everyone for themselves memory deduction game, but it is great and hits all the right notes.
In Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, you are presented with a mystery to solve, and it is then up to you to trace the threads of evidence through the byways and mansions of 19th century London. You will interview suspects, search the newspapers for clues, and put together the facts to reach a solution. For 1 – 8 players, games run about 1 – 2 hours.
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#04 | Mysterium
Mysterium makes the list of games like Clue because you are trying to solve a crime based on clues you are given. Like Clue, all the tidbits you receive along the way are delivered in a very fun manner.
In Mysterium, one player takes the role of ghost while everyone else represents a medium. To solve the crime, the ghost must first recall all of the suspects present on the night of the murder. A number of suspect, location and murder weapon cards are placed on the table, and the ghost randomly assigns one of each of these in secret to a medium. For 2 – 7 players, games last about 42 minutes.
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#03 | Spyfall
Spyfall makes the list of games like Clue because it takes the same type of game and turns you into a spy instead of a guest at a noir-like party. This is more of a party communication and deduction game as opposed to a move and remember game but this brings it to another level.
Spyfall goes multiple rounds. At the start of each round all players receive cards showing the same location — a casino, a traveling circus, a pirate ship, or even a space station — except that one player receives a card that says “Spy” instead of the location. Players then start asking each other questions — “Why are you dressed so strangely?” or “When was the last time we got a payday?” or anything else you can come up with — trying to guess who among them is the spy. For 3 – 8 players, games run about 15 minutes.
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#02 | Stop Thief!
Stop Thief! makes the list of games like Clue because it basically is what Clue is if it was released in the 21st century. 70 years has given us many advances and you see that here with a technological focus.
An invisible suspect commits a crime. Only the sounds they make give them away. Listen to the clues and figure out where they are hiding. Play cards from your unique deck to move around the board, sneak through a window, or even get a private tip. Once you have the suspect pinned down, swoop in and make the arrest. For 2 – 4 players, games run about 30 – 60 minutes.
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#01 | Mystery of the Abbey
Mystery of the Abbey was an easy top choice for the list of games like Clue because it is basically all the same things except here a monk has been murdered in a holy place and you need to figure it out. Both are very much whodunit deduction games.
Monks are of three orders, fat-thin, bald-hatted, bearded-clean shaven. One monk card is hidden, and the rest of the cards are distributed. Turns consist of moving up to two spaces, and then asking a question of any other monks who are present there in a Guess Who style. Players may either take a “vow of silence” or answer truthfully; they then in turn get to ask the accuser a question. For 3 – 6 players, games last 60 – 90 minutes.
I’d also recommend checking out “Awkward Guests”. It’s like Clue in that you are trying to identify the murderer, location, and weapon (plus motive), and that you are being shown cards by other players to rule out possibilities. What makes it unique is that the layout of the house matters a lot; you have to trace the killer’s movements, figure out where they might have picked up the murder weapon, and who was where to give each other alibis. A complex but very rewarding detective game.