Cluedo Junior Review – A new classic in the making

Cluedo Junior Review : There are board games that remind me of my childhood and Cludeo is one of them. I use to love working out who done it. Yet I was probably about eight by the time I could take part on my own so I think its a great idea that Hasbro have launched a series of Junior games. Aimed specifically at five years and older the selection includes Cluedo, Monopoly and the Game of Life

Cluedo Junior Review

As part of the Hasbro Toy Tribe we were sent the Junior Cludeo to review. Don’t worry we are no longer looking at Professor Plum in the Library with the candlestick. Instead you need to identify which character ate the last piece of cake at what time and with what drink. Much more suitable for those little people in our lives.

Cluedo Junior Review

So whats in the box?

  • Gameboard
  • 6 character pawns
  • 6 furniture tokens
  • 7 white bases
  • 7 yellow bases
  • Detective notepad
  • Dice
  • Label sheet
  • Game guide

Monkey has developed a competitive streak so how did we get on? The game works by taking it in turns to move around the board by rolling a dice. The idea is to check all the furniture tokens with the yellow pieces on the bottom of them, to find the different types of drinks and therefore work out which one is missing.

Cluedo Junior Review

At the same time you can also check under the bases of all the player pieces to see which time is under them. And so work out which time is missing. The character piece which ate the cake has no time under their base just the cake crumbs. If you find this character then you must keep quiet and not mark them on the detective card. This is something which Monkey found difficult often getting excited when he found the crumbs. At the beginning of the game the idea is that you mix all the yellow and white counters up as they are interchangeable between pieces of furniture and characters as so in theory no one knows where they are all placed.

Cluedo Junior Review

There are white and yellow footsteps on the board which will allow you to look under a corresponding piece. The dice includes a yellow and white side as well so that you do not have to cover all of the board. We found that this speeds the game up considerably and is also open to a little bit of cheating!!  That will be his competitive streak!

Cluedo Junior Review

I think Hasbro have the age range spot on. Monkey will turn five in June and it took him a couple of attempts to fully understand how to play the game and not to giveaway what he was finding. But now he can play it without adult intervention and normally wins. As an adult I feel that it has become more of a game of luck than of cunning but that does not surprise me because of the age range its has been developed for. I really like that I can play games from my childhood with Monkey like this one and Monopoly. Its also s a great precursor for playing the full version when he is older.

Cluedo Junior Review

Things we love:

  • The box is the perfect size to fit in Monkeys rucksack which means we can take it with us when out and about.
  • The fact that the board is half the size of a normal game board means that its the right size for playing in a restaurant or pub.
  • Each game has taken us around half an hour which is about the same Monkey’s attention span
  • The playing pieces are just the right size for little hands and the new character pieces are very bright and colourful.
  • No longer do you have to write down your solution instead the accompanying detective sheets allow you to cross off the options as you discover them.
  • The game is the same quality I have come to expect from Hasbro

I would happily recommend this game to friends and we will be trying out the others in the series. If you would like to buy your own edition of Cluedo Junior then its available at Smyths priced at £16.99.

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We were given a copy of the Cludeo Board Game for the purpose of this review all opinions are my own

Cluedo Junior Review


  1. March 1, 2017 / 8:53 am

    What a great idea, a game all the family can play together! I bet monkey felt very grown up playing it #BloggerClubUK

  2. March 1, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    I used to love Cluedo as a child! My children haven’t yet been introduced to it though – just a matter of time. I love that you can take this version with you easily when you go out. Thanks for sharing! #BloggerClubUK

  3. March 1, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    This looks and sounds fab! I love board games, they can be fun and educational at the same time. Great idea to play at a restaurant:) Waiting for my LO to get old enough to get a few, and this will definitely be on my list.
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  4. March 1, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    I loved Cluedo when I was a kid! I like the fact they have toned down the murder aspect for the really little ones and the pieces look really bright and colourful
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  5. March 1, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    I loved playing Cluedo as a child and can’t wait to play with my boy in the future. Great review! #BloggerClubUK
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  6. March 1, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I love playing Clue but haven’t played with my little ones of course. This looks like so much fun. We play a lot of “Sorry” these days and I bought a little Bingo set that they absolutely love and it helps my 4 year old with numbers past 20 (which is all the preschool teaches to). This is a great review Clare! Do you know if this is available in the US? Thanks so much for hostessing #bloggerclubuk

  7. March 1, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    We’ve just got really into Cluedo with our eldest who’s 10, but it’s a bit beyond the younger two, so this could be the answer – I didn’t even know there was a Cluedo Junior game. Thx for sharing #BloggerClubUK
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  8. March 1, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    Ooh, I’d never heard of the ‘younger’ version of this. This is going on my Christmas list for my grandson. Yay, I’ve started Xmas shopping already 🙂
    thanks for sharing

  9. March 2, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    I love Cluedo and I’ve tried playing with my kids but the younger ones do find it difficult. This version would be perfect. I love how it’s easy transportable.

  10. March 2, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    I can’t wait until Freya is old enough to play games like this. I used to love Cluedo. We’ve just bought Hungry Hippos, which is our first game. #bloggerclubuk

  11. March 2, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    I love the pieces! This is awesome. My niece would love this. #BloggerClubUK

  12. March 2, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    It looks good…BUT…I still like the idea of working out who cracked someone over the head with the lead piping in the library 😀 I may hold out until they are old enough to understand the full version. #BloggerClubUK

  13. March 2, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    I absolutely adore Cluedo! There used to be a TV show on a Saturday night of it – I can vaguely remember it as a small child. We also have the game but not the Junior version. Thanks for sharing your review!


  14. March 3, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    Cluedo was one of my favourites growing up so it’s great to see that there’s a child-friendly version that I can play with my little jellyfish one day, without scarring him with all the murder talk!
    Probably quite a way off into the future for us though! xx

  15. March 3, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Ohh this is fab! Cluedo was always my favourite when I was younger. My eldest is really getting into games now so this sounds perfect for us to add to our collection! xx #bloggerclubuk

  16. March 3, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    This has always been a great game to play and it’s lovely to see a new version for little ones.#BloggerClubUK
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  17. March 5, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    I just love Cluedo, have great memories of playing this with my friends when I was a kid! #bloggerclubuk

  18. March 7, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    Ahhhhh! Cluedo is my absolute favourite board game. I’m soooo running out to buy this for my little lad. Can’t wait to play it with my kids. Didn’t even know there was a junior version.
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