A Comprehensive Guide on How to Play Clue

Clue, also known as Cluedo in some countries, is a classic detective board game that has been entertaining players for decades. If you’re new to the game or simply looking to refresh your memory on how to play, this comprehensive guide will walk you through the rules and strategies to help you become a master sleuth.

Objective of the Game

The main objective of Clue is to solve a murder mystery by deducing the three main components of the crime: the murderer, the weapon used, and the location where the crime took place. Players must use deductive reasoning and strategic questioning to uncover these three crucial pieces of information before their opponents do.

Setting Up the Game

To set up the game, distribute the character tokens, weapons, and room cards among the players. Each player will then secretly place one suspect card, one weapon card, and one room card into the envelope provided. The remaining cards are shuffled and distributed among players.


The game begins with Miss Scarlett and proceeds clockwise around the board. Players roll dice to move their character tokens along the board from room to room. Once inside a room, a player can make a suggestion by naming a suspect, weapon, and room. The player to their left will then show that player one of their cards if they have any that match the suggestion.

Players can use this information to cross off possibilities on their detective notebook until they are ready to make an accusation. Accusations are made in secret by moving your token onto a specific room tile and announcing your final guess at who committed the murder, with what weapon, and where it happened.

Winning the Game

If your accusation is correct when revealed from the envelope in secret at game end or if all other players have made incorrect accusations, you win! However, if your accusation is wrong while revealing in secret or another player makes a correct accusation before you do – you’re out of luck!

Strategies for Success

– Keep track of which cards are shown to each player during suggestions.
– Pay attention to which cards other players are trying to disprove.
– Strategically move through rooms to make suggestions effectively.
– Use process of elimination techniques when making deductions.

By following these strategies and understanding the rules of Clue, you’ll be well on your way to mastering this engaging detective board game!