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Good game for hardcore fans,
This review is from: Cluedo The Big Bang Theory (Toy)
NOTE: I put this review on the US version of this product but thought I would put it here also since it is now available in the UK (at the time it was only available to be bought from the US) and this way more people could see the review. I thought I would say that I am unaware of any differences between the UK version and the US version. They look exactly the same with the exception of the US version being called 'Clue'. Because I got the US version I cannot say for sure if there is a printing error or not in the UK version but as far as I know, there isn't. I haven't stumbled across it. Now on to my actual review..
First off, I want to say that if you're not a fan of The Big Bang Theory then this game isn't really going to do much for you. I rated this purely as a hardcore fan of the show.
I make my own board games at home. A lot of which are Cluedo variants such as this because I am a big board game fan but there's only so many times Colonel Mustard can kill the Dr with a Candlestick in the Library before you get bored. I had previously made a version of Big Bang Cluedo as I was unaware this was available. Luckily I managed to purchase this from the States at a relatively cheap price.
Anyways, on to the product in hand...
Its quite clear that the theme of this game is based around the show and you are paying mostly for a variation of the original game. If you're expecting anything ground breaking then I doubt this will satisfy your needs but in my opinion it is a must have for any Big Bang fan.
All your favourites are there; Leonard, Penny, Howard, Raj, Amy, Bernadette and Sheldon. Although Sheldon is not a playable character as the theme is based around him. The first thing you'll notice is the characters are cartoon forms of themselves. Some would think this is a negative but for me, its a positive as this game is not supposed to be taken seriously and the cartoons are actually pretty accurate!
Although the game is first and foremost a palette swap for the original it does introduce some new features such as a new board layout. All characters start in the centre of the board this time around too, which is a cool idea but it does kind of make every characters tactic the same in a way as you can go in any direction right from the off but I definitely admire the effort put in to actually make this play a little differently. Another addition is Sheldon cards which you pick up after landing on a certain space on the board which will give you some kind of advantage.. These cards are particularly nice because they also contain 'Sheldon-like' phrases on them, a nice touch. The game also includes a new variation of playing with just 2 players to make the game a little longer for those playing as a duo, which again is nice as you could use the idea for other versions of Cluedo!
All the characters have an ability (Known as powers) that they can use once per game, which makes each character play slightly differently, though not much. I would like to point out that if you are playing 2 player you will probably have to come up with your own rule for Penny as hers requires at least 3 players but its simple enough to do. (My advice here is to allow Penny to re-roll her dice score once per game or allow her to keep silent (for one time) when the other player starts a rumour, though whatever you choose, it won't make much difference.)
On to the overall 'Big Bang' feel, it really is quite nice. The board features cartoon versions of the locations seen on the show. Penny's Living Room, Sheldon's Bedroom, The Laundry Room, The Stairwell, they're all there and they each look like they do in the show, albeit like a cartoon. There is no 'weapons' in the game as nobody dies, instead one of the characters has tampered with one of Sheldon's beloved belongings.. And they actually are Sheldon's belongings. Things he has on the show such as the Shelbot and his beloved Equation Board. So you do feel the theme when you're playing the game.
Now with the Family Guy Clue(do), I had problems with putting the characters in their stands and one of them actually snapped a little bit because the characters were too big for its stand but I had no problems at all with this. It was in with ease. The cards are probably not the best quality but they're not bad either just be careful with them of course.
Overall, you'd have to be a fan to get real enjoyment out of this. That isn't to say you couldn't play it and find it enjoyable but certainly more so if you're a fan of it. Its really simple to understand the rules. The set up is fast and it brings humour in its own right also. Its not the best game I've ever played but if you're a fan of TBBT you should definitely buy this and give it a try!