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Cluedo: 3T's best value on CD-i

>> Sunday, September 30, 2007

Cluedo, known as Clue in the USA, is a popular board game with a murder mystery theme. The CD-i version makes full use of Digital Video to present the viewer with a challenging game. By interviewing real characters and using a process of deduction the viewers must play against each other to find the murderer, the murder weapon and the murder room, and correctly accuse the culprit. In 1994, 3T Productions developed one of the best games that were ever released on the Philips CD-i (but then it didn't have much competition!). The disc contained 3 mysteries - "The Hooded Madonna", "Happy Ever After" and "Deadly Patent" - in which you could move around the rooms, interview the suspects and try to work out who killed Mr. Boddy. A cut down version of "Deadly Patent" made it onto the PC in the Cluedo CD-Rom Computer Game (released in 1996).

The Cast:

* Mrs White - Joan Sims
* Mrs Peacock - Susan Wooldridge
* Professor Plum - David Healy
* Mr Green - Stuart Milligan
* Colonel Mustard - John Standing
* Miss Scarlet - Nicola Van Dam
* Mr Boddy - Angus MacInnes
* The Butler - Terence Harvey

There are quite a lot of CD-i game featuring a live cast, like The 7th Guest and Zelda's Adventure. Here the people are pasted in a virtual setting. Cluedo offered a full movie scene, just like the screens of the American laser Games, including Mad Dog McCree and The Last Bounty Hunter. The use of Digital Video is very suitable for a game like Cluedo, and you'll continuously watch for details along the way.

Due to the popularity (in CD-i terms) of the first set of mysteries; The Mysteries Continue was released in 1995 with the stories : "Road to Damascus" "Blackmail" and "Not In My Backyard". These used the same actors as in the first game and again was filmed at Arley Hall (where the British TV Series was also filmed). Cut down versions of "Road to Damascus" and "Blackmail" made it onto the PC in the Cluedo CD-Rom Computer Game. The CD-ROM version was also produced by 3T Productions, once it didn't get any money by Philips anymore to produce CD-i material. Still it's impressing how many titles 3T has produced for CD-i including an exlusive game for BP (The gas/oil company!)

In 1996, Hasbro Interactive released their first Cluedo PC CD-Rom game. This was a conversion of the Cluedo CDi and Cluedo : The Mysteries Continue CDi games. Three different mysteries were released - one on each of the 3 CD-Roms. Advertised as having 12 Mysteries; what they actually meant is that there were 3 "episodes" (Deadly Patent, The Road to Damascus, and Blackmail) with 4 skill levels (each having a different solution). Like the CDi originals, this version involved live actors and first- person 3-D views of Arlington Hall; but lost some features - for example the suspect interviews were changed from video clips to just sound samples.

Note: "Deadly Patent" is converted from Cluedo CDi. "Road to Damascus" and "Blackmail" are converted from Cluedo : The Mysteries Continue CDi.

3T Productions did not just develop the Cluedo games on CD-i (although these games were considered the best out of 3T's portfolio. 3T was also responsible for "Do you remember the '60s?" (1996), the rare "Kiss" (1993) and "Making The Grade". Unfortunately, I never managed to get in touch with some former employees from 3T Productions, but my eyes will be always open ;)

3T Productions still exists by the way, one of the few companies who produced CD-i titles. They received various awards for their CD-i titles, most notably the CD-i version of Cluedo was awarded during the "International Cdi Association Awards" in 1993 in the catagory "Best Adult Home Entertainment". This was a Gold Award for "Best use of Technology in a Home Entertainment Title". We'll have a review ready of Cluedo / Clue on CD-i soon!

Thanks to Cluedofan

1 reacties:

rdjnl September 30, 2007 at 2:55 PM  

The two cluedo games are my favourite cd-i games.

They also represent best the main idea of cd-i: interactivity.

The cd-rom conversion of the games isn't a board game anymore, but an adventure game. No more throwing the dice. I don't like it.

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