Licenced from Waddington Games Ltd. and Parker Brothers this game is a computer remake of the logic board cards game.
Mr. Boddy was murdered in his manor by one of his guests. You have to solve the mystery of murder: find killer, weapon and place of murder. Computer shuffles 30 cards, holds the murder cards and deals other cards to the players. Objective of game is to move around the manor, enter possible murder places, gather information of other player's cards, make suggestions and deduce the murder cards by a process of elimination. Number of moves is defined by thrown dice. When you are sure that you have deduced the correct solution to the murder, you must make an accusation to win the game.
3 levels of computer intelligence and difficulty for you. Multiplayer is up to 10 players sitting near one computer.
Have you ever wanted to be a detective? To solve crimes that are beyond understanding for most human beings? To be listed in the phone book of Scotland Yard, and to be known among their best investigators as the master detective? Well then... you'll have to find some other game.
Clue master detective is based on the popular boardgame known as Cluedo (or Clue if you're in north america), in which you will be given the task of solving a simple murder by method of deduction. Basically you wander around and make suggestions, in which you define who did it, what weapon was used, and where it was done. Who and what you can choose freely, but to suggest a murder scene, you will have to be in the correct room. And if you are wrong in your suggestion, the parts that are false will be added to your "-nothing to do with the murder-" notes.
So, how does it work. In the beginning, all cards (persons, weapons, rooms) are shuffled and dealt among the players (min. 3 humans or computer). As an exception of this, one card from every genre will be taken out as the murderer, murder weapon, and murder scene. You choose your character (or characters if you play with your friends) from ten guests, who all have their small descriptions of themselves. The computer has three difficulty levels (which, unfortunately all are easily beatable), that will fill the roles of other detectives. Basically, the game itself works the same way as the original boardgame, but with a small exception - there are twelve rooms and four addional characters.
There are no voices or music, graphics are aged and the idea doesn't fit a computer game very well. It is nothing more than a short, computerized version of a well known boardgame by Parker Brothers, that has nothing to say to the gaming industry.
Probably the most enjoyment from the game will have cluedo fans, when they're not playing against eachother in a real game.
A decent, but dull, computerized version of a popular Parker Brothers board game of the same name, Clue Master Detective is based on the Master Detective version of Clue that was first released in England.
It is different from the original Clue (or Cluedo) in that this version offers 12 rooms instead of 9, 4 new suspects, and 2 new weapons. The only real differences in game play is that there are now "snoop spaces" which allow players to look at any one of another player's cards. Also, when making suggestions, players don't have to stop after one of the suggested cards is shown to them. Play continues, so it is possible to be shown all three suspected cards in one turn. This makes the game much easier than the original Clue.
Clue Master Detective the computer game plays exactly like the board game, with the same premise. Dr. Black is found dead, and the object of the game is to discover who killed him, what weapon he/she used, and where he is killed. Each turn, you must move from room to room to make your enquiries. Once inside a room, make a "suggestion" on your turn by calling a character and a weapon into the room. You can then question your fellow players as, one by one, you ask them to reveal if they have a card that matches the room you're in or the character and weapon you've named in your suggestion. Your turn ends when one of these is matched by another player's card. Keep note of your findings and carry on playing. By clever deduction, you'll eventually be ready to make an accusation.
The only appeal that Clue Master Detective may have to fans of the board game is the fact that you can play against the computer if nobody is around (although up to 10 people can play the game together in hot-seat mode). The game does record notes for you though, which is a plus. Unfortunately, the AI is pretty bad, and you can't change the difficulty level to make the game more challenging. As it stands, Clue Master Detective is recommended only to die-hard fans of the boardgame who want to while away some time while they wait for friends to play the next boardgame session.
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Clue: Murder at Boddy Mansion, Civilization 2, Civilization, Civil War Generals 2, Colonization for Windows, Centurion: Defender of Rome, Cohort II (a.k.a. Fighting for Rome), Cohort (a.k.a. Fighting for Rome)
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