Guests are cordially invited to a dinner party at a fancy mansion. They each have a secret and come dressed in imaginative and colorful outfits. The party quickly turns into a murder mystery. No, we’re not talking about Glass Onion, Rian Johnson’s recent Benoit Blanc whodunnit. Rather, this is the classic board game Clue, which is the first murder mystery many people experience. And now Clue is getting an update. The new version comes complete with upgraded gameplay and character backstories.
Murder mysteries are more popular than ever. With the many true crime podcasts and crime procedurals on every channel and streaming service, it’s no wonder Clue is making a comeback. The game still has plenty of classic touches, like all the characters we know and love. But each character now has a motive to kill Boddy Black, the owner of the mansion. Will you play as Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, Mayor Green, Chef White, Solicitor Peacock, or Professor Plum? Players can explore the glamorous Tudor Mansion, discover clues, and make wild accusations. What could be more fun than interrogating your friends and family on game night?
Clue is also master of the mashup board game if you’re looking to switch things up and hang out with a different group of troublemakers. The many versions include a Brooklyn Nine-Nine Halloween heist, an escape room set, and even a crossover with Dungeons & Dragons.
If all of those options still don’t provide enough Clue content for you, don’t worry, there’s plenty more coming. An animated series is in development as well as a feature film starring Ryan Reynolds. We don’t know much more about either project, but hopefully they show off this new diverse and intriguing cast of characters. But can anything ever top the hilarious and classic 1985 movie?
Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.