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Give junior detectives a chance to solve the case with this specially designed game--a classic Whodunit for ages five to eight! Find the clues to find out who stole the cake and ate it, too! It's classic CLUE fun for kids!

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Very Disappointed

  • Dec 28, 2006
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I loved Clue growing up, so when my mother asked me for gift ideas for my 8-year-old son, I suggested Clue Jr.

Among other board games geared to his age, he received Clue Jr. as a Christmas present and was THRILLED. (He likes mysteries just like his Mom!) Unfortunately, our glee was short-lived.

My brother's girlfriend, her 12-year-old son, my son, and I sat down to play this game. My brother's girlfriend read the instructions, and we tried to figure out what to do with the color coded stickers--and how to even BEGIN play. Now, let me just say that both of us are board game aficionados who played zillions of games of Clue in our day. I have a genius IQ and she's a pediatric nurse. In short, we ain't stupid.

Yet, even mid-game, we had a hard time figuring out how to move the game pieces, how to discover clues to mark off the checklist, and so on. You see, each player does NOT have a specific game piece as in regular Clue. Instead, you peel off small stickers to place under the white bases (the green "crumb" label indicating the culprit and five time labels) and yellow drink labels to the five yellow bases.

Then, you roll a color-coded die to determine if you should look under a yellow furniture pawn, under a white character pawn, or move ANY CHARACTER forward up to the number rolled on the dice. If a character lands on a yellow space, look at the bottom of the furniture piece that's in the room (for example, the plant on the patio). Then, secretly look under the furniture pawn that's next to that room.

Even now, as I'm re-reading the instructions, I'm having a hard time understanding what to do! (So it doesn't make for easy reviewing, let alone playing!) Not only that, there's not a lot of room on the game board for putting furniture pieces BESIDE a room...let alone IN it!

We were so frustrated and bored that all four of us agreed to quit--and play Pictionary Jr., instead.

If you're feeling nostalgic and are tempted to buy Clue Jr. for a child, RESIST THE URGE. You'll be wasting your money and time in my opinion. (We're returning the game this weekend, in fact.) The pieces are chintzy, the game play is confusing, and it doesn't even come with pencils!

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