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Tabletop Game / Clue VCR Mystery Game

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First published in 1985, Parker Brothers designed a new medium of gaming; combining videos played on the VCR with board games. A sequel game, Clue II: Murder in Disguise was published in 1987, with all-new mysteries.

Your host is the butler, Didit, and each player takes on the role of one of the suspects. Unlike the original board game, players must solve at least two murders, possibly as many as five to win the game. Players are each given a collection of cards to help them keep track of clues and suspects, as well as investigate to gain more clues.


This game contains examples of:

  • Black Widow: Mrs. Peacock is implied to be one and later confirmed.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the sequel game, the suspects seem to have gotten a bit of Medium Awareness.
    • When Peach asks Brunette where they are early in Chapter 1, Brunette points to the title on the screen indicating they're in Paris.
    • One of the characters explains what they've been through since the last part. When the others remark they already know since they experienced it as well, the first character explains that she was telling the audience.
    • In Rangoon, Miss Peach writes a diary and narrates her writings in voiceover. At one point, Madame Rose hears the voiceover and tells her to stop, because it's annoying.
    • Rose ends up complaining again about the diary voice-over, except this time it's Mustard listening about a mission from a self-destructing tape.
  • Crazy-Prepared: After Mr. Boddy's will is burned, it's revealed there's another. After that will is also burned, it's revealed there's a third one.
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  • Foreshadowing: When Sergeant Grey helps Mrs. White make dinner, neither of them can tell a green pepper apart from a red one, revealing they're both color-blind.
  • Game Between Heirs: The third will is a contest for who can reveal the most secrets about the others. Mrs. White claims that the contest was geared towards her since she has been cataloging secrets about the others in her diary.
  • Lost Will And Testament: After the Tontine will is burned, it's revealed there's a second one, but no one knows where it is. Cue the search.
  • Meaningful Name: Miss Peach is implied to be from Georgia (the state, not the country), which is famous for its peaches.
  • My Card: During the video, Mr. Green hands Professor Plum a card that says "Lyman Green, business", parodying business cards in general.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: All the characters demonstrate amazing skills offscreen, ranging from the crime they committed prior to the events of the game, using Madame Rose as a battering ram to escape from a time bomb, to surviving 14 days from Tangiers to Burma in poverty.
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  • Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo: During the dinner scene.
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  • Pretty in Mink: Miss Peach (an expanded character in some versions), wears a white fox wrap in the video.
  • Punny Name:
    • Didit, the butler, is a pun on The Butler Did It.
    • Miss Peach's first name is Melba, as in Peach Melba.
  • Race Lift: The earliest version of the board game has a European woman for Miss Scarlet. For this game, however, a woman with strong Asian features was cast instead.
  • The Reveal: Wouldn't be a mystery without one...or several in this case:
    • Miss Peach is actually a French con artist and M. Brunette's daughter. Or so she thinks...
    • M. Brunette isn't actually Mr. Boddy's lawyer (or a lawyer at all), but a con artist as well. However, he's not Miss Peach's biological father, having adopted her, and is not actually French, only pretending for her.
    • Professor Plum is revealed during the second will reading to have been married to Mr. Boddy's daughter (who's now deceased). But the reveal of secrets includes how she died. It turns out that he had to conduct an experiment on a new poison he concocted and was out of rats...
    • Sergeant Grey is not a real police officer, but actually a homicidal maniac who escaped from an asylum and stole a police uniform. He's also the long lost love child of Mr. Boddy and Mrs. White.
    • Miss Scarlet being a spy is more of a Captain Obvious Reveal. On the other hand, Colonel Mustard is a former spy forced to retire after getting a steel plate implanted in his head. A magnetic steel plate.
  • Shout-Out: Madame Rose states that Mrs. White came recommended from a a pair of brothers in Massachusetts, The Parkers.
  • Southern Belle: Miss Peach (an expanded character in some versions) is portrayed as a rich woman from the American southeast in this game. It overlaps with Meaningful Name, since Georgia (the state, not the country) is famous for its peaches.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: During the dinner scene in Mr Boddy's mansion, almost all of the guests end up poisoning something that is served for the table.
  • Tontine: Mr. Boddy does a variant in his latest will where the last surviving person among those who attended the reading would claim the entire inheritance. Naturally, all sorts of attempted murders occur.
  • VHS Game: An adaptation of Clue, by Parker Brothers. The regular game of Clue, minus the board, gets elements brought to life via live-action actors. Players compete to try to solve the mystery of who killed Mr Boddy. Trope Maker and Ur-Example of the VHS Game.


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