GIFT IDEA – CLUE: SECRETS & SPIES EDITION
About CLUE: Secrets & Spies Edition
CLUE: Secrets & Spies Edition is Hasbro’s first game to incorporate text messaging into game play. As one of the world’s top six international secret agents (Agents Scarlet, Mustard, Plum, Peacock, White or Green) players attempt to intercept Agent Black and put an end to his plot while remaining anonymous. The ultraviolet secret decoder will reveal clues that will help players track down Agent Black throughout the game.
I have played the original version of Clue many times. It is a whodunit board game that requires deductive reasoning. I found this lacking in Clue: Secrets & Spies Edition. It seemed more about luck than gamesmanship. Its main pieces are 2D corragated punchouts and cheaply made. I think cast items would have made it look classy and distinctive.
Marketing this for ages 9+, in my opinion, is an error. The four of us playing all had college experience (MA+, BA, Associate degree, and college freshman). It took out combined efforts to figure out playing rules. Some were inferred while others were ambiguous. We finally settled on some house rules and went with the cards. After an hour, we started getting the gist of things when Mr. Black stopped the play. No one was anxious to replay as the competitive spirit just was not there. Somehow the gamer on the novice square moved ahead of everyone ahead. We did not use the text messaging feature so I’m not sure how that impacts play.
Those who enjoy independent game play or texting may enjoy this game. CLUE: Secrets & Spies Edition is available for purchase in stores nationwide and online and has an approximate retail price of $24.99.
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