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New Clue Parody Game

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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by Murder by Death » Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:48 pm

Wait ... for real?

The Clue board is way too detailed if this is just a prank ...

Looks like it’s for real ... but $20 seems like a lot for a parody game.
"Shake up game night with this hilarious adult twist on the classic Clue board game! In the Clue: What Happened Last Night? Lost in Vegas adult party game, seven friends reunite for a weekend in Vegas, but someone had a little too much fun. Only six of you wake up in a disheveled hotel room on Sunday morning! Buddy is missing — and it's up to the players to figure out who was the last person to see him, where they left him, and what they were doing. Eliminate the suspects and discover the who, where, and what to solve the mystery. Buddy could have been with handsome Jack Violet, charismatic Ava Carmine, forgetful Nathan Jade, or someone else entirely. The first player to solve the mystery before time runs out wins!"
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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by Lord Leo Le Blanc » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:39 pm

Honestly i'd love to own this version of Clue. So much like The Hangover.
Also i kinda want the Life parody. Only cuz my partner joked about how the game of life doesn't have crippling dept.

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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by alwaysPeacock » Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:18 pm

I am SO on board for these parody games. Clue and Life will definitely be joining my games shelves in the beginning of October (*or* the next time Target has a BOGO/buy 2, get 1 half off deal).
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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by Murder by Death » Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:32 am

It’s interesting that it seems to have a very similar layout to the knock-off Mystery Game, in that this has a single track/path for movement around the board. Yet this is an officially licensed Parody, rather than masquerading as a knock-off.

It also appears to have an active center room, most likely as a starting location since the box indicates only 9 locations. The rooms also do not have the same entrance locations, or number of entrances.

I can’t imagine what the spinner is for. EDIT: it appears to be a countdown clock/timer feature on the game like the DTS clock cards. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when time runs out. An interesting twist on the Clue formula for sure.

And curious to see what’s on the “Mystery” cards, and how they are used. But it doesn’t appear that any of the traditional character names are being used (eg. Jack Violet, Ava Carmine, Nathan Jade), which seems strange to me, considering they are using the Clue name on this one.

And the premise is a little weird — find out who was the last person to see Buddy, where they left him, and what were they doing? How does that even begin to explain where Buddy is now? Maybe the game will make more sense once the cards are revealed — and the only parody part of this would be how outlandish the things they were doing are. And again, how do they represent the things they were doing? It seems like they’ve removed the fun part where little tokens are placed in the room to represent that part of the equation — or worse yet, they’re little cards with the thing written on them.

I get they’re trying to make this like the HANGOVER, but honestly, why not make it more Clue like? Maybe more OCEANS 11: Someone tried to rob the casino, using what means, in what room. Or after a night of partying, “Buddy’s” chips were taken, by who, with what, and where? And since it’s decidely adult themed, if they want to do the HANGOVER, then do it — who ruffied Buddy,
with what c o c k t a i l, in which room?

I’m actually very interested in this edition for the novelty. But for $20, and it doesn’t even have any metal “weapons” tokens, it just seems like an expensive drinking game which plays it safe for the general Target customer.

For all practical purposes, this is NOT a Clue game. I wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t all created for a Parker Bros. Mystery Game knockoff, and then Hasbro repurposed it.

All things considered, I’d rather have seen a Las Vegas themed Clue game, more closely tied to the original — the kind I would expect Marmalade to do as one of their skins. It could be just as much fun, but giving us fans of the original a little more to enjoy. I.e. Scarlett, Mustard, and the rest, solving the murder of Mr. Boddy, using fun Las Vegas weapons.
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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by alwaysPeacock » Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:07 pm

My Target already has these on the shelves, and they’re on sale for $17.99. About to take Clue and Life home with me because I have no self control :P
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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by Murder by Death » Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:59 pm

alwaysPeacock wrote:
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:07 pm
My Target already has these on the shelves, and they’re on sale for $17.99. About to take Clue and Life home with me because I have no self control :P
Can’t wait to find out:
who the other suspects are,
the activities they were engaged in when Buddy was last seen, and
how the clock spinner works

$18 is better than $20, but this really shouldn’t be priced much more than the standard game, which retails for around $12.

Still not on the Target website, but the new Rustic “Farmhouse” edition is ...

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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by alwaysPeacock » Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:25 pm

This is a very charming edition. I’ve posted some photos on Instagram, which you all can peruse HERE. Hasbro has even been bothered enough to write character profiles for these unconventional, vaguely color coded Friends.

The Vegas theme is woven throughout the terminology. Players move into locations to make Bets about Who/What/Where. When you’ve solved it, you go All In.

The cards are styled & shaped like Polaroid snapshots, and are referred to as photos. So the idea is these Friends are comparing their pictures from the night before, and the 3 missing ones (for some reason tucked into their room key folder — nicely themed but illogical) form the solution.

The clock is what justifies the reduced movement spaces on this otherwise full scale board: the game begins at 9:00 AM, and your flight is leaving at 4:00 PM. After each round of play (every player has taken a turn), the clock advances one hour. If the clock reaches 4 PM before Buddy is found, all players must write down their best guess at the solution. These Final Bets are revealed simultaneously, then the photos are removed from the envelope. Anyone who got it right makes the flight home (wins). Anyone who gets it wrong is stuck “in airport purgatory” until the next available flight opens up.

The Mystery Cards work very similarly to the Clue cards of the new standard game. There are 3 cards in the deck which can advance the clock forward another hour, before a round of play has finished.

What I didn’t include in my Instagram post was this look at the artwork:

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This is what makes this otherwise ridiculous edition somewhat charming to me. The old school, hand drawn looking art design. It feels like the Clue boards of the 80s and early 90s, and I really appreciate that touch in lieu of another cold digital composition.

You’ll have also noticed the tram in that image. The Trams replace the secret passages, with a catch. They run along either side of the game board, connecting (in Classic Clue terminology) the Kitchen (Magic Show) to the Lounge (Helicopter Landing), and the Conservatory (Hospital) to the Study (Jail). But to take the Tram, you must start your turn in either the Jail or the Magic Show. So they only work one way.

Like all of these “A Parody of the Classic” editions, this is distinctly aimed at the kind of tongue-in-cheek humor most millennials have embraced. So for me, it works. Colored the to Life parody (which I also bought), the concept in Clue isn’t quite as strong. Life feels like the original game with all the dark humor layered into the original aesthetic. Clue ultimately feels like another themed Clue game, and I think that’s only thanks to the deluge of needlessly themed Clue/Cluedo games we’ve been subjected to in the past decade. If those weren’t so ubiquitous, this edition would feel far more exciting.

That said, I love the implementation of the clock dial for keeping the game at a tight 8 round format, meaning it should be easy enough to squeeze in multiple games during a game night. And most experienced Clue players know it can be ended in 4-6 rounds, easily, so I don’t anticipate many of my games will need to invoke the Final Bets rules. 8)

For some reason my copy came with two blue playing tokens. If any of you get the copy missing a blue token, lemme know. :lol:
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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by Murder by Death » Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:44 pm

Basically the clock element could be added to any game. The murder must be solved before the police arrive, etc.

So “getting weird” is one “activity”. What are the other 5? And I presume none are represented by anything on the board in terms of a weapon token to move into the location?

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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by alwaysPeacock » Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:53 pm

Oops! Didn’t remember to show the notepad (referred to as a receipt in the rules book)

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And correct: there are no tokens to represent the activities. Players still move the corresponding Friend token into a room when making a bet.

When I have a chance I’ll scan some of the cards so everyone can have a closer look at the art.
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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by Murder by Death » Sun Sep 30, 2018 5:40 pm

alwaysPeacock wrote:
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:53 pm
Oops! Didn’t remember to show the notepad (referred to as a receipt in the rules book)

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And correct: there are no tokens to represent the activities. Players still move the corresponding Friend token into a room when making a bet.

When I have a chance I’ll scan some of the cards so everyone can have a closer look at the art.
Idk ... this is he one area I feel this game really falls flat. The “what” seem really generic and uninspired. These could have really been some funny scenarios that really entertain, but instead they’re just kind of lame and boring. And there’s nothing to represent them on the board either.

Oh well. Are the Mystery cards more interesting at least, I hope?

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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by alwaysPeacock » Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:02 pm

In their defense: the artwork for the What Cards is nicely done. 6 snapshots of Buddy in varying stages of debauchery through the night. But I’ll grant the names, alone, are tepid & unassuming.

The Mystery Cards are mostly unchanged from the standard game’s Clue Cards, save for the 3 which trigger a time shift on the countdown clock. I’ll add them to the batch for scanning later tonight. :-)
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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by Murder by Death » Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:08 pm

I just realized ... all the characters are white.

Seriously?

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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by alwaysPeacock » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:34 pm

They’re definitely not all white people lol. I guess I’ll just scan in all the cards tonight. Ava Carmine reads as a person of Indian/middle eastern descent, Oliver Gold is definitely a black man, and Frieda Rosè reads as a Latina lady. Nathan Jade is harder to peg, but given his profile as the hopeless stoner, I would assume white guy with dreadlocks.
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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by alwaysPeacock » Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:55 pm

Friends:
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Actions:
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Locations:
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Mystery Cards:
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Click to enlarge, of course. :-)
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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by cacums » Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:33 am

I saw it today when I went to Target. However, I spend my "treat-yo-self" money on Rustic Clue and Risk. The latter was 30% off and I couldn't say no to the otherwise overly expensive game.

I can say that I have taken interest in these new Clue cannon surnames and will definitely have some fun writing my little Clue pet project as the weeks go on 8)
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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by Lord Leo Le Blanc » Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:08 am

ohhh this looks cool! I like the idea of seeing the shenanigans Buddy was up too. I do like the new names tbh. It's not like Mustard and the gang haven't been turned into 30 year olds before. And at least these guys look like they have more individuality then Mystery game.

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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by Murder by Death » Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:22 pm

I’m really stunned by the way Target is marketing this game, and kind of amused at the same time. They’re basically selling it as a party drinking game, even if they don’t come right out and say it. Seriously, they call it an “adult” twist, and I’m thinking ... what exactly makes it “adult” considering there’s no real mention of alcohol, drugs, or illicit activities, and the original game is about committing murder — doesn’t get any more adult than that!

I picked up a copy today at the local hipster Target — the mini Target that tends to have only hip and trendy stuff you need to furnish your new urban apartment. It had a large collection of sardonic, cynical games. I figured I was here and it was 10% off, so why not. I bet if I waited, I’d eventually get it for a lot less, but you never know.

I may need to print out some new cards for use with this, get the real characters back into it, and find some mini drink tokens, so I change the premise to, who was with buddy last, where were they and what were they drinking?
ADULT TWIST ON CLASSIC CLUE GAME: Do you remember playing the Clue game as a kid? The Clue Lost in Vegas game is a funny adult twist on classic Clue gameplay
SOLVE THE MYSTERY: Your friend, Buddy, went missing during a reunion trip to Vegas; now you have to figure out who the last person was to see him, where they were, and what they were doing
FUNNY GAME FOR ADULTS: Inspired by classic Clue gameplay, players try to eliminate the suspects and solve the mystery to win
BEAT THE CLOCK: In this adult party edition of the Clue game, players have to solve the mystery before time runs out
GREAT FUN AND UNPREDICTABLE GAMEPLAY: This adult party board game for 2 to 6 players is hilarious fun for get-togethers and parties
It's an adult party version of the classic Clue board game. Seven friends reunite for a weekend in Vegas, but someone had a little too much fun. Only 6 of you wake up in a disheveled hotel room on Sunday morning. What happened to Buddy? Your only clues about his whereabouts are a few snapshots from the night before.
Players have to figure out: who was the last person to see Buddy, where they left him, and what they were doing. Eliminate the suspects and discover the who, where, and what to solve the mystery. Buddy could have been with handsome Jack Violet, charismatic Ava Carmine, forgetful Nathan Jade, or someone else entirely. Can you find Buddy in time to make your 4pm flight home? The player to solve the mystery before time runs out wins!

Change things up on game night with the Clue What Happened Last Night? Lost in Vegas board game. It's also a hilarious adult party game.

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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by Lord Leo Le Blanc » Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:35 pm

I was thinking about this all day and wanted to point it out. This is the first time since the Cluedo prototype that Gold was used as a character. Even tough it's just a name fore a yellow character here.

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Re: New Clue Parody Game

Post by alwaysPeacock » Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:28 am

I mean, the whole tone of this line of Parody games is heavily slanted for an appeal to the 20-35 crowd. They’re definitely not family games. I can see the logic behind promoting them as light party games for adults, who are most likely having a few (or more than a few) drinks during game night. Considering the two I picked up: they play relatively quickly, and Life in particular has plenty of extracurricular activities integrated to ramp up the silliness (dares on certain action cards to avoid financial penalties include sniffing an opponent’s armpit, standing with one’s nose to the wall until their next turn, and revealing potentially salacious details from one’s past, to name a few). The Clue game is probably the tamest of the entire lineup, as far as adult themes are concerned.

But it’s Hasbro. Their idea of *adult* games is typically pretty tame compared to the companies who produce the smaller, definitely more explicitly adult games. Implications of a wild night of drinking, potential drug use, and other poorly advised shenanigans are about as far as Hasbro could have taken this Clue game without changing the name & selling it as a different brand under another of their publishing branches.

It’s definitely ideal for a party atmosphere though. The reduced board layout & the clock limiting the game to a handful of turns guarantees nobody will be sitting around a table for very long. It’s a quick diversion, and I think Hasbro knows it’s not meant to be considered as an alternative for a serious/family game night.

To be honest, I’m surprised they didn’t resurrect the dealing rules from the 2013 mansion/boardwalk edition, where a set number of cards is dealt faceup by the board to reduce the playtime even further. I don’t love that rule, but for an edition aiming for speedy, frothy amusement it would certainly aid that endeavor.


As for other firsts: I believe this is the only physical edition which has ever offered visual context for the victim & weapons. We’be had Boddy/Black depicted before in single images, and we’ve even seen the weapons depicted in actual locations where they may be found, but nothing to the extent of this game showing Buddy in each possible scenario. It’s a nice touch, but one which might make the classic game too dark (for the family audience) if it were ever implemented there.
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