How to Play Clue Rules

Game Rules for Clue in Simple Steps

Lets go through the game rules for clue in quick simple steps! No more wasting time searching through rule books!

Players: 2 to 6 | Game duration from: 40 mins | Game Complexity:

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Step-by-Step Clue Game Rules

Clue Game Board

Clue or Cluedo is a murder mystery game where players are detectives attempting to solve a murder in a mansion. There are 6 suspects, 6 weapons in the 9 room mansion and players need to find out 3 things: Who did it? What was the weapon used? Where did they do it? The following steps teach you how to play.

Total Time: 40 minutes

Setting up Clue Game

Read the Case File to all players.

Setup Clue Weapons and Characters

Weapons in Cluedo

Put all 6 weapon and 6 character tokens in the board center (even if there are less than six players)
Each player chooses a character from the suspect list
Players use their character’s matching color token to move around the mansion.

Clue Murder Envelope Setup

Murder envelope contains the cards of the weapon, suspect and room involved in the murder.
Separate all the Black CLUE cards into Weapon, Suspect and Room decks.
Shuffle each deck and place them facedown on the table
Randomly select Weapon, Suspect and Room involved in the murder
Without looking, take the top card from each deck and put them into the Yellow Murder Envelope
Place the Murder Envelope at the side of the board.

Black Clue Cards

Shuffle the rest of the Black CLUE cards and deal them all out face-down to each player so you all have an equal number of cards.
Everyone must keep their cards secret!
If the cards don’t divide exactly between players, place the two or three leftover cards face up at the side of the board.
For 2 player setup, before dealing cards, take the top four black CLUE cards from the deck and place them facedown at the side of the board

Clue Sheets

Cluedo clue sheet

Each player gets a CLUE Sheet and keeps it secret
Players cross off the Black CLUE cards on hand and any revealed leftover cards These are not in the Envelope and not involved in the murder!
• During the game, you will get to see other players’ cards one at a time. Every time you see one, cross it off your CLUE sheet. It’s not in the Envelope so it’s not involved in the murder

Red Bonus Cards

Clue Red Bonus Cards

Shuffle cards and place at the side of the board for bonus moves while you play.
Remove these cards in 2 player games as they are not used.

Begin Clue Game

Select a player to go first. Each player’s turn involves:
Roll dice, move and enter a room
Ask a Clue question and get an answer
End turn, by marking off Clue sheet.
Next player on the left takes their turn.

Roll dice, move and enter room

Clue 1

Roll dice and move your character token that number of spaces around the board. (if your token was moved by another player since your last turn, you can choose to stay where you are and ask a question without moving.)
You can move vertically and horizontally, forward and back through the corridor, but not diagonally.
Always try to enter a room. An exact roll is not needed to enter. If your roll takes you beyond the room, finish move early and stop there
Stay in the corridor If your roll is too low; or aim to land on a Red Bonus space.
An exact roll is not needed to stop on the Bonus space.
When landing on a Bonus space, pick top Red Bonus card and follow the instructions.
Once you’ve used the card, place it on the discard pile.

Ask a Clue Question

Ask a Clue Question

When entering a room, stop and ask a CLUE question about: one suspect, one weapon and the room you’ve just entered.
For example, Was it Scarlet? (the suspect), With the Rope? (the weapon) In the Garage? (the room you entered)
Bring the suspect’s character and weapon token you’re asking about into the room with you.
The player on your left must be the first to try to answer your question.
If player has any of the cards you asked, they will show you ONE only
If player doesn’t have any of the cards, they will answer, “Cannot Answer”.
The question then moves on to the next player until you are shown one card.
If no one can answer and you are not bluffing, you would have identified one of the cards in the murder envelope.
For 2 player game, questions are asked as normal and the other player must always try to answer. If the player cannot answer, you must secretly look at one of the four cards at the side of the board. Once you’ve crossed it off your CLUE Sheet, return the card to the same spot at the side of the board. Every time the other team cannot answer one of your questions, secretly look at a different one of the four cards at the side of the board. 

Mark off Clue Sheet and End Turn

Clue 2

Cross off revealed cards off your CLUE Sheet.
Leave the character and weapon token you moved where they are. If the character token you moved belongs to another player, they can ask a question on their next turn without moving.
End your turn. The player on your left goes next.

Making an accusation

Once you’ve asked enough questions and crossed out your Clue sheet to guess the cards in the Murder envelope, you’re ready to solve the murder!
Move to space in the centre of the board.
When you get there, read your accusation out loud:
“I accuse [the suspect], with the [weapon] in the [room]”
e.g. “I accuse Green, with the Lead Pipe in the Dining Room!


If your accusation is correct (guessing the right cards in the murder envelope), you WIN!


If your accusation is wrong, you lose the game.
Secretly return the cards to the Envelope.
Keep your cards hidden and keep answering other players’ questions.
Do not ask any further questions or make any further accusations.

Game rules for Clue FAQs

Do you have to be in the room to make an accusation in Clue?

No. To make an accusation, you need to move your token to the center of the board.

Can you stay in the same room and ask questions?

No. You need to leave the room and re-enter.

Can you move through rooms in Clue?

No. Once you enter a room, you have to stop even if there are moves left.

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