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Our nine year-old daughter (turns ten in October) loves Clue and, frankly, wins against her mother and me as often as she loses (and we're not slouches, mind you). It's gotten to the point that, if you haven't figured it out by your fourth turn (and sometimes your third), you are going to lose to her, period. She's that quick.

So I am looking for something that's a little more challenging than Clue. But all I can find are dungeon crawls and heavier mystery/challenge games like Arkham Horror that, frankly, are not the right theme for her and are way more game than we are looking for. We need something we can play in under an hour and that has an age-appropriate theme.

Anyone have any good recommendations?
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Alibi is a card game similar to clue, but you have to solve additional categories beyond suspect/weapon/room. Kudos to your daughter for her quick sleuthing skills!
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Mystery of the Abbey
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The Big Book of Madness
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Castle of Magic
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Mysterium
 
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Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases
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Soleia wrote:
Alibi is a card game similar to clue, but you have to solve additional categories beyond suspect/weapon/room. Kudos to your daughter for her quick sleuthing skills!


Alibi looks like a winner. Thanks to all who responded!!
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Sleuth is a classic Clue killer.
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A lot of other good mystery games have been mentioned, but many of them differ significantly from the Clue paradigm. To me at least, the obvious choice if you're looking for one step up from Clue would be P.I.
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She might just like Tobago as well, though it is not exactely what you are asking for...whistle
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I second Mystery Of The Abbey
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If she's thrilling on the deductive aspect of Clue, get some Looney Pyramids to play Black Ice, and maybe graduate to induction with Zendo.
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Or to foil some crooks, perhaps Mystery Rummy: Escape from Alcatraz?
 
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Carthoris wrote:
If she's thrilling on the deductive aspect of Clue, get some Looney Pyramids to play Black Ice, and maybe graduate to induction with Zendo.

And if she's open to themeless pure induction like the excellent classic game Zendo, then also check out Eleusis, which only needs a couple packs of ordinary playing cards.
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Mystery Express

And I +1 Mysterium.
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Tajemnicze Domostwo is the only way to go, unless you're set on a competitive game. It's co-operative. But in a really great way that you've got one person playing his/her game behind the player screen, and all the rest playing their "detective" game on the other side of the screen. I'm sure she'll dig it, since essentially, she's the one telling the story as the ghost, and she's tormented as she watches her parents try to figure it out on the other side.

I think you'd really like it, given you already have an affinity for Clue.
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Weekend Gamer wrote:
Soleia wrote:
Alibi is a card game similar to clue, but you have to solve additional categories beyond suspect/weapon/room. Kudos to your daughter for her quick sleuthing skills!


Alibi looks like a winner. Thanks to all who responded!!

Happy to help! I really enjoyed playing this game in a casual setting with my family. All the categories should give your daughter something to chew on a bit longer than Clue.
 
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mysterium!she will love it!
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For pure deduction, with no theme, I really like Code 777. It doesn't really feel like a game, but more like people sitting together at a table each solving their own puzzle (but the puzzles are connected).

A great next step up from clue is Mystery Express. You're solving for 5 things (suspect, weapon, location, motive, and time) and there are 2 of each card, so it's a bit trickier to rule them out (the person who wins the game is the one who gets the most right by the time the train reaches its destination... in games I've played, it's uncommon for someone to have all 5 right). It's been out of print for a few years, but you can keep an eye out for fairly priced used copies here or on eBay. I got lucky and found one on clearance at a local game store for $20.

If you have a 4th player, I'd recommend Witness. It requires exactly 4 players, and is a cooperative game where everyone works together to solve a mystery (the game comes with 64 of them, in various difficulty levels). If you've ever played the telephone game as a kid, this is basically how the game works. Each player has their own booklet which contains a little bit of information for solving the case. Imagine four players, A, B, C, D sitting clockwise around a table. In the first round, A whispers to B what he knows (from his booklet), and C whispers to D what he knows (from his booklet). In the second round, B whispers to C what he knows (which includes his booklet, but also what A told him last round), and D whispers to A what he knows (which includes his booklet, but also what C told him last round). In the 3rd round, it's back to A passing info to B and C to D, but now A has information from C and D to share with B (and C has information from A and B to tell D)... You can see how it can be a bit tricky to keep track of everything, and, just like in the telephone game, the messages may degrade as they move around the table. Very fun game, if you can get a 4th player.

Like others, I'd also recommend Mysterium. One person plays as a ghost, and passes dream cards to the other players, in an attempt to guide them toward the correct suspect/location/weapon (each non-ghost player has their own combination of suspect/location/weapon to solve for). It's a cooperative game, so you'll either win or lose together (unlike Clue), plays fine with 3, and gets more fun with more.
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Sleuth is a classic, but Mystery of the Abbey may be a bit closer thematically. Agree with many options above though!
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I'd go with cluedo super sleuth much deeper game than normal cluedo and like some modern board games you build the house as you go along, so nicely introduces that mechanic. Good luck with whatever you choose.
 
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It's not part of the theme of mystery but for an age-appropriate game with your time constraints that keeps the whole challenge of strategic deduction is Love Letter.
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Scotland Yard
 
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Watson & Holmes. Combines the "moving around, collecting clues and taking notes" aspect of Clue with an actual, propped mystery to solve. Without it being all namby-pamby co-operative.
 
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Sleuth is the answer you are looking for
 
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bouchbre wrote:


Agreed. Scotland Yard is what you're looking for.
 
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