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Official Clue Card Game Rules

With its easy-to-learn rules and exciting gameplay, Clue Card Game is perfect for kids and families who love a good mystery. Here's how to play:

Objective

The objective of the Clue Card Game is to correctly deduce the suspect, weapon, and location of the crime by collecting and analyzing cards.

Setup

  1. Prepare the Case File:Separate the Case File cards into three piles (Suspects, Weapons, Locations). Shuffle each pile separately.
    Randomly select one card from each pile and place them in the Case File Envelope without looking at them. This envelope contains the solution to the crime.

  2. Shuffle and Deal Cards:Shuffle the remaining Case File cards and the Evidence cards together. Deal all the cards evenly to all players. Some players might receive one more card than others.

  3. Distribute Detective Notes:Give each player a Detective Notes sheet to keep track of their clues.

Gameplay

  1. Taking Turns:

    • Players take turns in clockwise order. On your turn, you can do the following:

  2. Accusation:

    • Before making an accusation, gather evidence from other players by asking questions. You can ask about any suspect, weapon, or location by showing one card and asking a specific player if they have any cards that match the other two categories.

  3. Responding to Questions:

    • If asked, you must secretly show one matching card to the asking player, if you have one. If you don’t have any matching cards, say "No."

  4. Recording Evidence:

    • Use the Detective Notes sheet to keep track of the cards shown by other players. This will help you deduce the cards in the Case File Envelope.

  5. Making an Accusation:

    • When you believe you have deduced the correct suspect, weapon, and location, you can make an accusation on your turn.

    • Announce your accusation to all players.

    • Secretly look inside the Case File Envelope. If your accusation is correct, reveal the cards and win the game. If your accusation is incorrect, return the cards to the envelope without revealing them to the other players. You are now out of the game, but you must continue to respond to questions from other players.

Winning the Game

The game continues until a player makes a correct accusation and wins the game.

Strategy Tips

  • Ask Smart Questions: Try to gather as much information as possible by asking about combinations of cards you haven’t seen yet.

  • Keep Good Notes: Meticulously track the cards shown to you to narrow down the possibilities.

  • Bluff: If you're asked to show a card and you have multiple matches, choose which one to reveal carefully to keep other players guessing.

So grab your magnifying glass and get ready to become a junior detective with the classic Clue Card Game!

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