- Awesomely designed visual slot with great reel art and a brilliant background
- Superbly spooky sonics with signature sounds set the scene
- Chase the suspects round Tudor Manor for prizes in the board game bonus
- Very clean animations and fast reel game makes for a totally immersive experience
- All the money’s in the reels making this one of the most playable online slots
Was it the gambler in the casino with the slot game? It’s a case of ‘who-won-it’ with this brilliant IGT title based on the classic crime-solving board-game. With big prizes for making the right accusation in the sub-game, the Cluedo slot successfully captures all the board game’s best elements.
Cluedo is one of a number of IGT games based on classic Waddington’s/Parker Brothers board games. The original Cluedo was introduced after WWII, featuring a format that prompts players to explore a large country house looking for pieces of information that will allow them to unmask the killer of Dr. Black, whose body has been found at the bottom of the large staircase.
Cluedo is quite an old slot game, but it doesn’t show it. Featuring some of the best designed reel art and bonus game mechanics of any slot games out there, Cluedo is a slot game that does everything well, from reel art to soundtracks through to the bonus game.
You’re given the standard selection options allowing you to bet one to five credits on any number of the fifteen pay-lines available to play. Cluedo doesn’t have an auto-spin function, but this minor detail is unlikely to distract you from playing this excellent slot game. The reels themselves are set in a brilliant background, one of the best we’ve ever seen on any slot game, detailing the very mansion in which the Cluedo mystery takes place.
Moving on to the reel art, you’ll see the standard poker card symbols doubling as the six murder weapons that are used in Cluedo, alongside the six characters suspected of murdering poor old Dr Black as the game’ symbols. The only other symbols in the game are the Newspaper wild symbol that can substitute for all other symbols barring the scatter, the Cluedo jackpot symbol and the Who Won It symbol that holds the key to this game’s bonus round.
The audio too, as we’ve mentioned is stand out and uses anthemic film-like tones to create an air of suspense and ‘what might happen next’ on the game’s reels. In fact, each time you successfully score with a character combination you get a signature sound-effect notifying you of the win, which is a very nice touch.
So, now we’ve waved our magnifying glass over the reels, artwork and graphics on the Cluedo slot, what about the sub games? The Who-Won-It bonus game is predictably started by stopping three ‘Who-Won-It’ scatter symbols on any pay-line. This bonus game sees you transported to the Tudor Mansion in 1926 to solve the mysterious murder in some second screen action.
The Cluedo bonus game screen is divided into three sections – the first is the list of suspects, each with a cash value attached to them. The second is a list of the rooms of Tudor Mansion, again each with a cash value attached and finally the third section is a list of weapons, each with a multiplier value attached. Then, when it comes to making your ‘deduction’ the game selects a murder suspect, a room and a weapon.
The values of the suspect and the room are added together, then the weapon multiplier is applied to the value, and you’re offered this amount as a prize. You get three offers in this game and if you turn down an offer you can’t return to it – so sometimes it’s best to play the game in free-play so you can get a good idea of what constitutes a solid offer on the game and what kind of prize doesn’t quite cut it.
Be aware that the prizes for each character and location change from game to game so keep your beady eyes on those suspects and don’t let anything escape your sleuth like gaze in the hunt for those precious slot game wins.
Slot Professor Says
Although Cluedo offers what seems to be a low number of pay-lines, the prizes this game pays are frequent and good. The script on the game often claims that if you bet big you get more chances to get into the bonus round – so make sure you get your money down.
The reel game on Cluedo consistently pays well as a large chunk of the payout potential has been wrapped up in this part of the game. This is illustrated by the fact developers have used sixteen reel symbols, which is very high for this kind of slot game.
However, don’t think that this means that you’re chasing more combinations as the wild seems to drop in the first, second and third reels with a high frequency, giving you many different combination wins.
We’d say that the best way to play the Cluedo slot game is to stick at it and develop a strategy for the bonus game. Often we like to reject the first offer, then take the second offer if it’s higher, or reject it and take the last offer that’s awarded no matter how much it is as this seems to maximise your payouts.
I would recommend Cluedo as a somewhat under-rated reel game that’s actually one of the best payers you'll find at any online casino and a real credit to the IGT catalogue - comparable with games like Rainbow Riches Pots of Gold and Cleopatra.