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Why is Clue a Good Board Game? – 15 Benefits & Advantages (Educational…)

Last Updated on January 25, 2024 by Gamesver Team and JC Franco

Clue (aka Cluedo in the UK) is an exciting board game filled with intrigue and mystery. In a mansion filled with deadly weapons and a murderer on the loose, game players need to use methods of deduction and elimination to find out who killed the host Mr. Boddy, with which weapon, and in which room.

Board games like Clue benefit their players by promoting family and friend time, brain usage, honing deduction skills, etc. Playing Clue can be advantageous if used in a schoolroom setting as it promotes multiple skills, including focusing attention, following rules, and problem-solving skills.

There are many ways that board games like Clue can benefit and have advantages for their players. When it comes to Clue, 15 benefits and advantages stand out. Let’s take a look at these now.

1. Playing Clue Promotes Family Time

Whether the players are friends or family, playing Clue is a great way to take some time out of busy schedules to sit back and enjoy the company of others. This group activity strengthens the family unit and increases the sense of belonging. Enjoying an activity together helps promote emotional connections and can even mold conversations.

2. Playing Clue Can Encourage Healthy Competition

Playing Clue is beneficial as it requires a level of concentration while at the same time encouraging healthy competition. When parents show good sportsmanship in front of their children while playing, it teaches children how to lose and win graciously. 

3. Playing Clue Teaches Children How To Follow Instructions

As with most board games, Clue comes with its own set of rules and instructions. Playing this game with children of most ages and adults helps to promote the correct following of instructions and regulations. Learning this behavior in a fun setting helps children carry over the knowledge into real-world situations.

4. Playing Clue Helps Teach Players How To Cope With Failure

Failing at something is hard on children and adults alike. There are many stages in a Clue game when what you have put forward is incorrect, and you need to sit back afterward and reevaluate what you previously thought. This reevaluation is an excellent way to teach people how to handle failure, showing that even though this time you didn’t win or get something right, you can try again in the future.

5. Playing Clue Encourages Problem-Solving

A game of Clue involves deduction and utilizes problem-solving skills. Strategic planning helps to improve a child’s problem-solving skills, which is beneficial in all aspects of life. Thinking several steps ahead and recording information for future usage builds up skills required for real-world situations.

6. Playing Clue Teaches Patience

As with most games that include turn-taking, you will have to have some patience. Waiting for the other players to play and waiting to make a suggestion that you are sure will have a good outcome can be difficult. Waiting for your turn to come around is a great way to learn this skill.

7. Playing Clue Helps To Improve Language Skills

Playing Clue requires you to remember several pieces of information at one time. It also makes use of record-keeping. When making a suggestion or an accusation, players will need to speak, listen to other players, and record the information that they receive. This promotion of language usage is a great way to help children with their language skills and reading comprehension while still having fun.

One of the main aspects that most parents and teachers want to promote in children is getting them to discuss the here and now and what might be. This kind of speculation often occurs when playing Clue and therefore playing Clue is an excellent way to help children in their language learning process.

8. Playing Clue Helps People Have Fun And Feel Good

One of the more beneficial aspects of playing Clue is that it enables the player to have fun and feel good. Laughter is known to increase endorphins, the chemicals in your brain that promote the feeling of happiness. There is no doubt about it, playing Clue will make you laugh. Sharing a laugh with your family and friends encourages compassion and empathy. 

Laughter promotes the production of endorphins and increases your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulating your lungs, heart, and muscles. The stimulation in your muscles causes them to relax, reducing some of your physical stress symptoms. Ultimately this can improve your mood and, in many cases, help with feelings of depression, stress, and anxiety.

9. Playing Clue Reduces Stress

Board games, in general, are a healthy distraction, and Clue is a fantastic way to relax while having some fun. Making time in between your busy schedule and being able to relax with family or friends is a great way to reduce stress.

Playing Clue also allows a person to be in a social setting. The game often produces fun and funny situations, which will enable you to destress and promotes laughter, which relaxes the body, easing the tension brought on by life’s stresses.

10. Playing Clue Teaches Good Strategizing Skills

One of the main aspects of playing Clue is having to strategize. Using the options available to you to piece together information, record, and plan your next move in the best way possible. Paying attention to your opponents’ suggestions to strategize your next move is a great way to excel at Clue. These strategizing skills improve brain function and help to exercise the mind.

11. Playing Clue Can Help To Sharpen Focus

Playing Clue is a great way to sharpen your focus, especially for anyone suffering from attention disorders or who finds it hard to focus on things. Players need to concentrate on their findings in Clue, but they also need to pay attention to the other players’ actions and when they make their suggestions or accusations. Therefore, Clue can help sharpen focusing skills not only in adults but also in children.

12. Playing Clue Can Help Reduce Risks Of Mental Diseases

Clue requires its players to remember who said what and when. It also requires them to keep notes and focus on what the others players are doing on the board. This focus keeps players’ minds engaged, exercising their brains, which reduces the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

13. Playing Clue Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

While ensuring that its players have a good time, playing Clue promotes laughter, producing endorphins. Endorphins help relax muscles and circulate your blood, lowering your blood pressure. Low blood pressure can reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes, and artery damage associated with high blood pressure.

14. Playing Clue Can Help People With Special Needs

Adults and children who have learning difficulties can benefit from playing Clue, as it promotes communication and focuses the players’ attention on the board. Children with autism often find board games like Clue beneficial and appealing as they have correct and incorrect plays and rules. These aspects help them to tap into their strengths and help them to feel relaxed.

15. Playing Clue Helps To Improve Maths Skills

Clue is a board game that requires throwing dice and counting how many blocks you need to move to get into different rooms, this use of mathematics helps to improve counting and division. Playing Clue will help children become proficient in estimating and calculating the odds involved in getting them where they wish to be on the board.

All in All

There are many benefits and advantages to playing Clue for adults and children alike. From promoting healthy competition and family time to improving language, mathematics, and problem-solving skills. Overall, playing board games like Clue are beneficial to our health and offer us a range of developmental skills.

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JC Franco serves as a New York-based editor for Gamesver. His interest for board games centers around chess, a pursuit he began in elementary school at the age of 9. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Mercyhurst University, JC brings a blend of business acumen and creative insight to his role. Beyond his editorial endeavors, he is a certified USPTA professional, imparting his knowledge in tennis to enthusiasts across the New York City Metropolitan area.