As soon as my child saw this, we had to play! He loved it! It's fun to really play up the mystery and add to the excitement of solving the case. For the Junior version, it is nice that it deals with who ate the cake. What child doesn't like cake? It takes some time and practice to get the hang of how the game is played so it may work best to pair with an adult until the child is ready to play on their own.
We started playing this when my daughter was 7 years old. She's has a fairly logical mind and loves solving mysteries and this fit the bill. It was very easy for her jump right in and start to play with just a little bit of instruction. Setting up the board takes a few steps that you do need to follow correctly in order, but they were easy enough she could do them all as long as I told her what to do next. There is a random element to the game both in who the culprit will be/which room/which drink as well as the use of the die for movement, so every game is different. You do not have to use nearly the amount of deductive reasoning to figure things out as you have to use in the adult version of Clue. In this one gameplay truly boils down to who can examine each person and room fastest, provided everyone crosses off their findings on the list each round. It took us a bit to remember to always check off TWO things on the list each time we had a turn, sometimes we would forget and only...
Our four-year-old has turned into a board game monster - she isn't quite reading yet but this version of Clue is easy enough that even she can play it with very little help. Great family time and it usually goes fairly quickly, too, so everyone gets what they want!
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