Cluedo is a popular board game based where you try to work out who was murdered and where and using what. This well known game was first published in 1949 in Leeds England by Waddingtons by Anthony E. Pratt who was a solicitors clerk and part time child’s entertainer. In the United States Cluedo is published by Hasbro who acquired its US publisher Waddingtons and Parker Brothers.
The aim of the game is for players to move around the board, each player represents a character/person and you move around the rooms of the mansion collecting clues to solve the questions of who murdered who in the where with the what.
A number of spin off versions have been released alongside many books and other material. The traditional game has the tag line of the “Classic Detective Game”.
Back in 1944 Anthony E. Pratt first filed for a patent of his invention of a murder/mystery-themed game, originally the game was named “Murder!” The game was originally invented as something to play during lengthy air raid drills. Soon after him and is wife presented the game to Norman Watson who was an executive Waddingtons, he immediately purchased the rights to the game and provided its trademark name of “Cluedo” which is a ludo (Latin for I play, and clue) The patent was granted in 1947 however due to post-war shortages, the game was not officially launched until 1949, the game was simultaneously licensed to Parker Brothers in the United States, where it was renamed “Clue”.