USAopoly have re-released CLUE Harry Potter! Previous versions were available in 2008 and 2011 . It features a moving Hogwarts board – super cool – and you could possibly encounter the Dark Mark.
The game requires some assembly due to the movement of the game. You’ll have to separate the house points, suspect and item tokens as well as the wheels for the game board. There are 4 wheels that go with each house that work much like the moving staircases at Hogwarts.
Gameplay is a little different from the classic Clue: you can play as Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna or Neville to figure out who attacked a fellow Hogwarts student. Unlike regular Clue, the players are not the suspects, one of the students is selected as the victim before players choose their character. Bellatrix, Draco, Lucius, Umbridge, Peter Pettigrew and Crabbe & Goyle are possible suspects. Players need to figure out WHO did it, WHAT spell or item they used and WHERE the student was attacked.
The Hogwarts die decides if/when you spin one of the wheels (if it lands on a house you spin the wheel for that house.) If the dark mark shows on the wheel or the die you choose a card from the Dark Deck. There are also Help cards that you can pick up if the Hogwarts die lands on the star.
The game is similar to classic Clue because you choose one of each of the mystery cards to put into the CLUE envelope. There will be an item, a suspect and a room. To make a suggestion, players must place the item and suspect tokens in the room they think the attack occurred, while in that room. You can make a suggestion in any room to try and figure out Who, What or Where. You must be in Dumbledore’s Office to make an accusation.
House Points are used in tandem with the Dark Deck and Help Cards. When a Dark card is played you can use a Help card if it protects you from that specific thing. If not, you’ll have to give up House Points! If you run out of House Points, you lose the game!
The game is a little weird at first for those used to the original, non-Harry Potter, Clue but once you get the hang of it and remember to turn the wheels, if necessary, it’s great fun! We loved that it mimicked Hogwarts’ moving staircases. Rather than just changing the characters and locations from the original to Potter characters this feels more in sync with the whole world of Harry Potter.
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Gameplay at a Glance:
- Check the Hogwarts die
- Move (using the other dice or a secret passage)
- Make a suggestion, take a Help card or end your turn
- When you’re sure you’ve solved the mystery: Go to Dumbledore’s office to make your accusation.
The official description is as follows:
A fellow student has seemingly vanished from the famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – and it is up to you to solve the mysterious disappearance. Playing as Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Luna or Neville, you must try and discover WHO did it, WHAT spell or item they used and WHERE the student was attacked. Move around Hogwarts making suggestions…but watch out! Wheels on the board will keep changing revealing secret passages, moving staircases or even the Dark Mark! Protection from the Dark Mark comes from the spells, allies and items provided by the Help Cards. When you’re sure of your facts go to Dumbledore’s office to make your accusation and win the game!
The box includes:
Custom Game Board – 6 Student Cards – 6 Movers – 33 Help cards – 21 Mystery Cards – 1 Notepad – 40 House point tokens – 6 Suspect Tokens – 6 Item Tokens – 1 Envelope – 2 Standard Dice – 1 Hogwarts Die – 4 Wheels – 4 Plastic Rivets – 1 Label Sheet – Instructions
CLUE Harry Potter can be purchased at Barnes & Noble, WBshop.com, BAM!, Calendars.com and Amazon
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