I’ve been a hardcore fan of Clue/Cluedo for the best part of 20 years (everyone has their “thing,” right?). For an avid collector & player like myself, this mobile edition hits all the right notes. The base game is aesthetically faithful to the current edition published by Hasbro, with some welcome adjustments to the board layout & character art. Gameplay is smooth, neither too fast nor too drawn out, and on its highest setting the AI makes for a fierce opponent! The themes (well worth the investment for someone like me — like getting a new game every couple of months without needing more shelf space) are all excellently realized, retaining all the charm & appeal of the classic game mechanics in a whole new universe. The recent decisions to axe the Hint card IAPs & integrate themed weapons into the different boards are a testament to the developers’ dedication to deliver the best possible Clue/Cluedo experience on mobile.
If I’ve any qualms, they’re minor at best: online multiplayer isn’t always reliable. Sometimes I ask for a quick 3 player game & suddenly find myself in a 5 player game (which isn’t even a given option in the multiplayer menu). The turn timers don’t always seem to work as intended, and I often find even 3 player games taking nearly 30 minutes to finish. When it works, it’s great. When it doesn’t entirely work, it’s a slog.
I’d also love to see the suspect pawns for the Hollywood and Classic sets updated to match their card artwork, and for the achievements from this summer’s Steam release to be integrated into the mobile edition, too. Neither of these are really necessary to enjoy the game, but I do think they’re the kind of small enhancements which could make spending more time in the app even more rewarding.