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Kemma Peters
United States
California
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10
Dec 2006*
In this game you get to be really, really, really creative. I bet you would really enjoy this game. When I play, it almost always takes the other players three rounds to guess my Cluzzle. (It's not my game, it's my mom's.)
2006-12-06*
Randy Cox
United States
Clemson
South Carolina
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The Back Alley gets no respect.
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9.2
Jul 2006*
This is a great game, though I prefer not to play with the sand timer. Just give each player two question chits, go around the table twice with everyone asking 1 question. Then make guesses.
2006-07-24*
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Curt Collins
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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9
Dec 2004*
Great game. As a highly competetive person, I find myself relaxing and enjoying the clay. Great game for an opener or closer. Lots of laughs as well.
2004-12-29*
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Joshua Miller
United States
Holland
Michigan
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9
Aug 2011
Cluzzle is like a game of sculpting Pictionary combined with 20 Questions and Thingamajig. Each player creates a clay sculpture that represents a word chosen from a list on their card (or they can choose their own word). The sculptures shouldn't be too realistic, because they're not worth very many points if the other players are able to identify your word right away. But they also shouldn't be too obscure, because you do need them to be identified - eventually. The later in the game they're identified, the more points they'll score for both the sculptor and the guesser. There are three rounds of clue-giving in which every player is allowed to ask two questions about other players' sculptures. They must be "yes or no" questions, although the sculptor is allowed to elaborate a little bit if the answer is not a clear "yes" or "no." At the end of each round, players may make a guess about the identity of any and all of the sculptures. Sculptors and guessers score 1, 2, or 3 points for correct IDs in rounds 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

Cluzzle is clearly an attempt to build a better version of the older German game Barbarossa. Barbarossa was an over-long game cluttered with arcane mechanisms and tasks that distracted from the fun core of the game. Cluzzle is a huge improvement over Barbarossa. It removes the peripheral crap and focuses just on the kernel of fun, which is creating the sculptures, formulating helpful questions, and trying to identify the other players' sculptures.

In case it's not obvious, Cluzzle is a casual game that's less about winning and gaming the system, and more about enjoying the process and the creativity and the laughter. If you generally don't enjoy party games, your unlikely to enjoy this one.
2011-08-20
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Dustin Miller
United States
Urbana
Illinois
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9
Nov 2007*
Good: Great game for a party type group or just a few friends. Easy, quick, lots of laughs, and gets the creative thoughts flowing.Bad: Clay came all dried out and has been a pain getting it back to the right consistency.
2007-11-04*
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Chris Tandlmayer
United States
Wilkinsburg
Pennsylvania
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9
Dec 2007*
Picked up at Ollie's for $3.96 or something. Had a blast playing Brad's copy, and we went right to Ollie's afterwards and got the last one they had in stock. This is a game that will see definite play (once I fix the probably weird clay) with my Pittsburgh pals!

Update: Great concept, but the clay is a real problem and requires actual planning to make sure it's even playable. In practice, it makes it impossible to be like "Hey, let's play Cluzzle!", and so it never gets played. Relegated to closet.
2012-04-07
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Danielle Anner
United States
Orchard Park
New York
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Jan 2008*
Fabulous game. Requires playdough so can be a little intimidating. It's really alright to sculpt badly though- I thought I had (!) and people guessed right away anyway. You need to sculpt badly enough so that no one guesses right away but well enough so that at least one person guesses eventually. Great fun.
2008-01-17*
Chris Frazier

New Jersey
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9
Mar 2013
I love this game. Fantastic party game!
2013-01-12
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Keith
United States
Magnolia
New Jersey
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8.5
Oct 2011
Very fun game for gamers and non-gamers alike. People worry that they're not good artists, but those people usually do best at the game.

There is also a lot more then just a stupid party game here. And when you are the only one to finally figure out what something is, it can feel very rewarding.
2011-10-19
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Frank Branham
United States
Duluth
Georgia
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8
Mar 2004*
Quite good. Generally better than Barbarossa. ( I feel like a traitor for saying that.) There are some grey areas around guessing as spelled out in Mike's review that keep this from a 10.
2004-03-21*
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David Fontes
United States
West Yarmouth
Massachusetts
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8
Apr 2004*
This is a distilled Barbarosa, refined down to the purest, and most fun, elements. If you like Barbarossa (and I do!), you should love Cluzzle. If you find Barbarossa fiddly and over-long, you should still love Cluzzle.
2004-04-24*
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A Derk appears from the mists...
United States
Portland
Oregon
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May 2004*
I'm kinda with most others. I played Barbarossa once or twice, but while I liked the idea of Barbarossa, I couldn't stand the idea of playing it again. The needless layers of 'game' are removed in Cluzzle, leaving only the fun parts. It's unfortunate that there's a bit of a problem with the yes/no questions tho. I mean... you could play with someone who throws down a lump of clay which doesn't look anything like anything. Then in the final round of guessing, he could tabletalk the rest of the people into guessing correctly, for a bunch of points in the end... But played within the spirit of the game, it's good.
2004-05-11*
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David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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8
Sep 2009*
One of my favorite party games. Really enjoyable answering questions in an obscutory fashion. The fact that the worse you are at sculpting, the better you will do is almost a built in game balancer.
2007-10-24*
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James Torr
United States
Torrance
California
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8
Nov 2014
I played Barbarossa once and was unimpressed. But this was a blast. The scoring may be break-able if people play too seriously and not as a party game. But as a fun group activity, it hits the mark.
2014-11-11
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Brian
United States
Unspecified
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8
Jun 2005*
Everytime I explain the game I have to use the expression "clay dough" for the money and give a chuckle as everybody rolls their eyes...
2005-06-16*
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Amos Lau
Singapore
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8
Sep 2005*
great party game! really brough lots of laughter to any groups of people whenever it is played!
2005-09-15*
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Tim K.
United States
Seattle
Washington
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8
Oct 2005*
(3-6 players) Players construct a clay model of a clue that others have to guess. If it's too easy or too hard to guess you don't score well, so you are shooting for medium. Lots of fun.
2005-10-04*
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Peter L
United States
Mountain View
California
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8
Sep 2006*
A lot of fun. The rules are a little much for a party game, but it only takes one play to absorb.
2006-09-06*
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seppi
United States
Colorado
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8
Jun 2007*
Fantastic game for what it is... a fun lite group game. It delivers what it claims and does it well
2007-06-01*
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There are some who call me... Tim?
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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8
Aug 2008*
Fun game, and we bought more Play-doh sets to accommodate more players. The fun comes more in designing and sculpting a whole scene. Gamey-ness is minimal (the whole "make it clear but not too obvious")
2008-02-16*
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Scott Nicholson
United States
Fayetteville
New York
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8
Mar 2007*
This is a more enjoyable Barbarossa as it gets to the heart of the game. Fun party game where you need to be clever..but not too clever.. to do well.
2007-03-28*
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Benjamin Flanders
United States
Jenison
Michigan
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8
Oct 2007*
I love this. I like playing with clay, and I love the exasperated looks of the other players as they try to guess what my art and say "What the 'ell?". Then the look of comprehension after no-one guesses and I reveal what is is "Oh, yea, I see it now!" .... Maybe I should be more straight forward
2007-10-28*
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james napoli
United States
Westwood
New Jersey
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8
Jul 2007*
Very very fun filler.
2007-07-29*
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Rami S
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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8
Jun 2009*
Love to see the artistic side been awaken in my friends, well sometimes I wish it stayed asleep. I find the game entertaining with both gamers and non-gamers.
2008-02-17*
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Gary Pressler
United States
West Lafayette
Indiana
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8
Oct 2007*
Great fun for small gatherings of friends. Everyone loves to sculpt, and the goal of making your sculpture guessable, but not immediately so, is a tricky edge.
2009-06-05
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