Simpsons Clue

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Simpsons, and there has been tons of activities and product to celebrate.  One such product is the new Simpsons Clue game - Who Killed Mr. Burns.  Based on the Clue that we all know and love, this version features six of Springfields characters, along with six weapons unique to them, and 9 locations around town.

 The pewter busts of each of the six suspects are done in character to their namesakes.  Each is fairly well sculpted.  Of course, there are also six weapons - the poisoned donut, the extend-o-glove, the necklace, the slingshot, the saxophone, and the plutonium bar.  These are also well sculpted, although you'll only know the plutonium bar by the process of elimination.

There isn't much I can say about the game in general that you don't already know.  It's the classic, time tested Clue, with the same rules you've always played with.  Only the locations and pieces have changed.

 Overall - **
While it's cute, and most big Simpsons fans will want to have it if for no other reason than to have a pewter figure of Waylon Smithers, the average person isn't going to find anything too exciting here.  If you're looking to buy, be selective - this game is not shipping to the large chains like Toys R Us, but rather the small game shops in malls and on line.  I bought mine at Next Planet Over where they had a 30% off coupon at the time.  That brought the suggested retail price of $34.95 down to a much more reasonable $26 shipped.  However, also has it right now, and they are starting out at around $26.  With a coupon there (search the coupon web sites) you should be able to get it for around $16.

The graphics on the game board and packaging are terrific.  The board features Jebediah Springfield in the center, with Krustylu Studios, Burns Manor, The Android's Dungeon, Kwik-E-Mart, The Frying Dutchman, the Simpsons House, Barney's Bowl-a-Rama, the Nuclear Power Plant, and Springfield Retirement Castle.  It is in one of these locations that Mr. Burns is killed.

The suspects include Mr. Green (Homer), Mrs. Peacock (Marge), Miss Scarlett (Lisa), Prof. Plum (Bart), Col. Mustard (Krusty) and Mrs. White (the maid, so naturally it's Waylon Smithers ;)







Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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