Apps: Cluedo – Logical Reasoning, Analytical Ability, and Problem Solving

When I was little, I loved playing the game Cluedo. Back then, it was a board game. Now, there is a card game edition which is simpler and faster to play. So when I started introducing Aristotle to the good old fashioned games of my youth, we started playing Clue – Suspect and he really enjoyed it, too.

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So that we could play the game on the go, I thought I would try to find the App version. It turns out that they don’t exactly have an app version but they do have something even better.

Cluedo by Electronic Arts

Just like the board game, you have the 6 original suspects – Scarlet, White, Peacock, Mustard, Plum and Green. They are under suspicion for killing their host – Black. They have a variety of accessories for murder – Gloves, Rope, Candlestick, Pistol, Razor, Poison. The scene of the crime is Black’s mansion – you have to figure out which room the murder took place in.

What you have to do:

  • Speak to the suspects
  • Search the mansion for evidence
  • Piece together the clues to figure out the murderer, the murder weapon, and the room it happened in
  • Make an accusation before the time runs out

Cluedo - room

Cluedo - Suspects

Cluedo - Accuse

The game begins with only two suspects, two murder weapons and three rooms. It increases in difficulty with the more cases you solve – the number of suspects, murder weapons and rooms increase gradually with each new case. As you solve the cases, you get promoted and new cases (levels) become available for you to play.

Examples of Clues

  • Green loved to read books (meaning you should search the books around the house for clues)
  • The women were in diagonally opposite ends of the house (for figuring out which suspect was in which room when the murder took place)
  • You found traces of gunpowder (which means the pistol was in that room)

The game is an excellent and entertaining way for developing logical reasoning, analytical ability and problem solving skills. It might be a bit tricky for the younger kids (especially as you progress to the harder levels) but you can play it together. Truth be told, I think I enjoy playing the game just as much.

Update: For some reason EA Games has removed this app from the app store.