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Cluedo Sherlock Edition Board Game
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139 of 146 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2012
Winning Moves has evidently been awarded the contract for custom Cluedo Editions in the UK, but if this is the result of their debut effort, no thank you. Wining Moves used to be associated with quality, especially when it comes to the Cluedo franchise, like their previously only available in the US Limited Gift edition, 1949 re-issue and current "Classic" edition. But they have clearly changed their direction with this edition. Priced at a ruthless £29.99, little of that money shows up in the quality of this game.

First, the materials used in the game are incredibly cheap. The board is flimsy, the cards are flimsy, and the counters are cheap. This game is unlikely to stand up to rigorous play, or the test of time. About the only mark of quality I can give it is for a well organized box.

Second, they have churned out a game which consists of uninspired photographs which have been seemingly copied form the Internet and Photoshopped into a generic template. It looks like something any eager Sherlock fan could have produced themselves with materials available to them in their home. Have an inkjet printer and a connection the the Internet? Save your money.

Third, the design effort put into this edition is equally lacking in detail. Using the traditional Cluedo layout, they have left out doors to rooms that have been there for 60 years, walls creep so far into the moving tiles as to question whether they are even spaces. Due to these design flaws, the Irene/Scarlett character must roll a minimum of a 12 on the dice to enter a room, compared to all the other characters which only need roll an 8 or less.

Fourth, and perhaps most importantly, unlike Winning Moves other editions, or even competing USAopoly's well known branded editions (Simpsons, Scooby Doo, Hitchcock, Family Guy, etc.), there is little customization beyond the substituted characters and locations. The counter tokens are nothing more than clear plastic rectangles with "?" etched into them, and standing upright in a cheap colored plastic base (which came with recent standard editions). At a minimum, they could have been cardboard images of the respective "suspects" as included with even the cheapest themed games previously produced. But for this price, would traditional custom pewter tokens included with earlier themed editions have been out of the question? The weapons used in this game are also the traditional set used in the regular Cluedo editions. This in of itself is not so bad until taken into consideration with this editions other shortcomings. Half the fun of these branded fan-oriented games are the subtle, or blatant references to the series. Again, for this price, would it have been out of the question to create a custom set that references the series a little more directly, in keeping with the tradition of even the cheapest Cluedo themed games? Poison, a Bomb, a Hound, well you get the idea.

The bottom line is that Winning Moves has dropped the ball with this fan favorite. There is little here to justify double price of a regular Cluedo game which typically has better quality, art, design and ingenuity. In short they have short-changed both Cluedo fans and Sherlock fans. My advice, save your money and make your own Sherlock game at home using an old Cluedo set buried in the closet, you'll be happier in the long run. A message has to be sent to both Winning Moves and the BBC that just because they slap some stock photos of our favorite TV characters on a box, board and cards, that the fans won't just flock to the stores like chickens to feed, and slap down their hard-earned money to buy it. This effort shows a complete disregard to the fans of the show, and is a slight to their intelligence and taste. Don't fall for it!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2014
You can't really get a more classic board game than Cluedo. It's about as perfect and traditional as can be, but there's just something about replacing the rather bland original characters and premise with those in the world of the TV series "Sherlock" that adds a huge amount of fun. The gruesome and inventive possibilities for a "motive" to the murder of Jim Moriarty are endlessly amusing. Usually these TV and game crossovers don't really work, but in this case it feels so natural that it might as well have been the original concept for the game all along.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2013
As a huge fan of the BBC Sherlock series, I knew from the moment I saw this board game in a comic shop in Birmingham, England, that I had to have it. Not wanting to spend $50 on a board game, I bought it instead online for closer to $40.

Upon arrival, I ripped it open with much anticipation. The board itself is wonderful, as are the cards. Detailed, lovely descriptions of each of the characters and places. The board has rooms taken directly from the series -- Holmes' study, Baskerville Laboratory, etc.

However, when I noticed the game pieces I was a bit taken a back. The characters weren't much more than plastic question marks with colored bases -- colors that didn't match up to the characters. Of all the colors, only four actually matched to the squares on the board, leaving us to use a yellow in place of a purple and so forth.

The weapons feel as though they were sculpted from left over soda tins; the rope is a piece of plastic you'd find on the back of a toy soldier, if soldiers used rope to hang their enemies with.

The game itself is fun, but other than the board and the cards and the box, the customization is rather lacking and not worth the close to $40 (American) price tag.

As Holmes would say, "It's Elementary, my dear idiot. Put some effort into it."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2014
Given as a Christmas gift and Recipeint loved it (not to mention the whole family). Have been playing it during the holiday break.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2014
The usual board game with a new slant. Clever adaption of the current televsion series settings in place of the normal venues for the dastadly deed. With the characters being the potential murderers. Great fun to play and a change from the original board game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2014
Many nights of tacticle game play for our family. Was great when we had a power cut and played it for hours by candle light. Excellent spin on the original.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2014
Sherlock cluedo is an amazing board game, you'll never get bored of this game as it keeps you and your friends/family entertained for hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2013
It's a great edition of the classic cluedo game, it arrived on time and in perfect conditions, there were no problems at all!
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on 16 February 2014
Bought this for my boyfriend as he's a huge Sherlock fan and we've been playing it on a regular basis ever since. It's your typical Cluedo game but with a Sherlock twist to it. If you're a Sherlock and Cluedo fan - go for it. Yes, the pieces are average quality - but then it does cost only £17. I did not understand why people were complaining so much on here about this as when we opened it they just looked like your typical Cluedo pieces. The story is a lot more fun, especially with the current Sherlock hype and personally I think it makes for a better game.
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on 29 September 2014
Great board! The only issue is that ours came with 2 daggers in the place of a wrench. Nothing that can't be fixed with a bit of tape to distinguish them though. I also thought the counters/figures would be easily identifiable, but they are just plain plastic, with a colour at the bottom, which works in original cluedo, but not so much with this.
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