Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The World of Harry Potter Clue (2011 edition) - A New Game From Hasbro

Harry Potter Clue

It's almost time for the release of the final Harry Potter movie.  Hasbro is almost as excited as the Harry Potter fans!  To celebrate, they updated The World of Harry Potter Clue game.  We received a copy to review, and it's a lot of fun!

The premise of the game is that a Hogwarts student has gone missing.  It's up to the players to figure out who is responsible for the abduction, where it took place and what kind of magic they used to accomplish it.

The game does require a little bit of setting up, so allow time to punch out pieces, assemble and read the very thorough directions before you play your first game.  Once you're set up, it will look like this.

Harry Potter Clue

The board has a sub board made of 4 spinning dials, and they are moved during the game play.  This adds a fun twist, because when they are spun they will close off doors or other ways of moving about in the game.

If you've ever played any version of Clue, you recognize the yellow envelope.

All of the suspects, their items, and the various rooms have a special "Mystery Card" of their own.  one of each is chosen secretly and placed into the envelope.

Harry Potter Clue

The other two cards you see  are Help Cards and the Dark Deck.  The little green circles are Floo Powder which allow the players to travel through lit fireplaces, or to avoid the bad things contained in the Dark Deck.

To start the game, players pick a character, get the corresponding game piece, and a check off list.  Then they put their mover on their colored start area on the board.  Each is given some Floo Powder and a Help card to begin.  Then there are two dice to roll.  The Black die will give you an action to perform. (spin one of the sub board dials, pick a Help Card, or Pick a Dark Deck Card)   The Green die will tell you how many spaces to move.
Harry Potter Clue

It's fun to land on a space or roll the die and get a Help Card.  These are potions, spells and magic items that can cancel out items from the Dark Deck or let you pass through closed doors.

Harry Potter Clue

This is what it's like to get a card from the Dark Deck.  if you don't have a Help Card to counter it, you have to give up precious Floo Powder.

Harry Potter Clue

When a player is ready to make a guess, they will place the suspect and item token in the room.  Was it Fenrir Greyback, with the poison Mead in the Forbidden Forest?

Harry Potter Clue

To win, you must figure out which 3 cards are in the secret envelope.

The game is for 3-6 players, ages 9 and up.  It takes us about 45 minutes to complete a game.  It is not difficult to play, but there are quite a few instructions.  They are written in such fabulous detail that we had no confusion or questions once we began.

The game should be available in stores soon.  To keep up with all the latest Hasbro Games News, visit the website at www.hasbrogames.com, like them on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.


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**I was given a copy of this game in order to provide an informed, blogged review.  I was not paid to write this post and my opinions are genuine.