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Missing student? This sounds like a case for Harry Potter!
Hasbro Cluedo Harry Potter
Member Name: Mildew82
Hasbro Cluedo Harry Potter
Advantages: Much more dangerous and exciting version of Cluedo to play
Disadvantages: Lots of excess cardboard and setting up time
Was it Professor Plum with the Lead Pipe in the Dining Room?
Nah - that is so passť.
How about Bellatrix Lestrange with the Mandrake in the Divination Classroom?
Now we've got Cluedo in Hogwarts!
The Rules of Cluedo
Just in case anyone is unfamiliar with the rules of Cluedo here's a quick overview:
* Cluedo is a murder mystery game set in an English country house named Tudor Mansion which contains 9 rooms interconnected by corridors and 4 secret passages (perfect for sneaking away after committing murder most foul):
Kitchen, Ballroom , Conservatory, Dining Room, Billiard Room, Library, Lounge, Hall, Study
* Up to 6 players can play as one of the following 6 characters (of which one will be the murderer of the unfortunate victim Dr Black):
Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mrs White, Rev Green, Mrs Peacock, Professor Plum
* The mansion contains 6 potential murder weapons:
Dagger, Candlestick, Revolver, Rope, Lead Pipe, Spanner
* There are cards to represent every suspect, murder weapon and room and at the beginning of the room one of each are chosen at random and placed in an envelope to be placed in the middle of the board (the Cellar). The rest of the cards are then dealt out evenly to the players.
* Players sit round the square board which display the 9 rooms and a square around the edge to represent each murder suspect. The players will automatically become the murder suspect nearest to where they are sitting in relation to the board and will take the token that represents that character as their playing piece. The player as Miss Scarlet starts and will roll the dice and move as many spaces on the board.
* If player roll enough to reach a room or use a secret passage to enter a new room without a die roll they can make a suggestion of the murder suspect and weapon - the room they suggest must be the room they are in. The person clockwise of them must then disprove their suggestion by showing just one card secretly to them with any one of the suggestions - if the player cannot disprove any of the suggestions it moves on to the next player.
* Once a player believes they know the who, with what and where they can wait till their next turn to make an Accusation. They then check the envelope and if they are wrong they are out of the game except to help disprove a player's suggestion later on in the game. The winner is the player that first makes a correct Accusation.
Cluedo Harry Potter style
The basics are the same but with a few new twists.
* The Tudor Mansion is now Hogwarts with 9 different rooms to play in:
Divination Classroom, Potions Classroom , Library, Great Hall, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Room of Requirement, Hospital Wing, Owlery, Trophy Room
* The game is now no longer to find a murderer but to find a missing Hogwarts student kidnapped by a practitioner of the Dark Arts. The potential kidnap victims are:
Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter
* The characters the players can assume are now no longer the suspects but one of the above Hogwarts students and since one is missing rather than the previous limit of 6 players, now only a limit of 5 can play (3 at a minimum)
* The new suspects are:
Draco Malfoy, Dolores Umbridge, Peter Pettigrew, Bellatrix Lestrange, Crabbe & Goyle, Lucius Malfoy
* The new items involved in the kidnapping are:
Sleeping Draught, Vanishing Cabinet, Petrificus Totalus, Mandrake, Portkey, Impedimenta
* As per the original one of each suggestion card is placed in an envelope and placed in Dumbledore's office in the centre of the board and the rest are dealt out evenly to the players.
* Players are given 60 House points each to start with and are out of the game if they lose all their points. At the start of the game each player is also issued with a Help card of some kind to help ward off an attack of Dark Magic.
* There are now 3 dice - two normal and a Hogwarts dice. On the Hogwarts dice there are the crests of the four Houses of Hogwarts, a Dark Mark and a Star symbol. All 3 dice are rolled at the start of a turn and the first element of a turn is based upon the Hogwarts dice. If one of the House crests is displayed then a dial on one of the corners of the board that shares this symbol must be turned one notch clockwise. If a Dark Mark is revealed then a Dark Mark card must be drawn or else the turn can continue without peril.
- The Dark Mark cards will reveal what vicious Dark Arts attack occurs to the Hogwarts students (a card may refer to just the current player, all players or a specific location on the board where one or more unlucky student may have the grave misfortune to be situated). These cards may cause a player to lose house points or help cards.
- The Help Cards come in the form of an Ally, an Item or a Spell which a player may be lucky enough to have to ward of a Dark Arts attack to prevent them losing house points or other Help cards or to help them in other ways around the board such as to enter rooms through locked doors e.g. ALOHOMORA - damn it did nothing.
* The rules of moving around the board are the same including the same old secret passages from the four corner rooms but there are additional Star squares which will give you a Help card if you land on them (you don't need to use your whole die roll to reach one of these squares).
* One final difference is that in order to make an Accusation the player must get to Dumbledore's Office before they can proclaim the kidnapper rather than just waiting for their next turn which can lead to a race between two confident players.
* One thing to note - if all the players lose their House points are fail to guess correctly then the poor missing student will be lost to the Dark Arts...forever!
I always enjoyed the original Cluedo but I find this Harry Potter version is so much more exciting with the added dimension of having the Dark Arts working against you as well as your opponents. There is now nervous tension every time the Hogwarts dice is rolled in case a Dark Mark is revealed either on the dice or as a result of turning a House dial and then the players are kept in suspense as the Dark Mark Card is read before the full extent of the attack is revealed. As House points begin dwindling, and Dark Art attacks become more frequent the panic starts to rise - will the missing student become lost forever before the kidnapper can be revealed?
I may have made it all sound a bit more dramatic than it really is, but still there is definitely more excitement to be had than in the original version and potentially a few more strategies in blocking off other players and trying to collect help cards. This game is also great if you are a Harry Potter fan as you will obviously be familiar with all the characters and spells and to a certain extent it will bring the magic of Harry Potter (pun totally intended) alive again which kids and adults can enjoy alike.
The only annoying thing about this game for me was the excess of cardboard that the manufacturers deemed necessary to package the majority of the playing pieces. The initial set up nearly took longer than the first game we played as we had to spend time popping out house coins and character tokens and then locating tiny perforations on the main board and removing those little bits of cardboard which left us with a huge pile of now redundant cardboard that would be tricky to recycle and some of which would probably be a choking hazard to certain stupid pets. You also have to stick on tiny labels to the Hogwarts dice which requires the steadiness of a surgeon's hands which sadly - the klutz that I am - I simply don't possess. Still once it's done the game is then much easier to play the next time!
So, in conclusion, the Harry Potter version of Cluedo is a fantastic and exciting upgrade of the original and is perfect for Harry Potter fans and Cluedo fans alike and at £19.98 from Amazon it is a pretty good price, though it would be worth shopping around to see if you can get it a bit cheaper!
But a word of advice - it's best for someone to win the game or the weight of the irrevocably lost student will become a terrible and unbearable burden on your consciences...
Summary: An excellent upgrade of the original Cluedo with a battle against the Dark Arts
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