Christmas Crackers – CLUEDO Spinning Detectives

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway, meaning now’s also the time households all over the country will be dusting-off those board games for a good bit of a family fun. Classic board games and Christmas go together like turkey and tinsel, but in this instance it’s not a traditional dice-and-counters game we’ll be looking at. Instead, we’ve been putting a new slot through its paces by the name of CLUEDO Spinning Detectives!

Chances are you know what CLUEDO is all about and have probably had a fair few good times with it over the years. Some board games translate to the virtual slots world better than others, so what’s the story with CLUEDO Spinning Detectives? Is it a slot worthy of such a prestigious and iconic title, or one to avoid?

First things first, CLUEDO Spinning Detectives comes courtesy of the folks at WMS Gaming, who’ve transformed the classic board game into a five-reel, 40-payline online slot. You can bet from as little as 40p per spin right up to £12, using desktop, mobile or tablet devices for gaming on the go. It’s the classic tale of being tasked with solving the murder-mystery in the famous CLUEDO mansion, though in this instance with an impressive range of bonus features and specials.

Not to mention, the chance of taking home a generous prize or two!


Take one look at the visuals and it’s an immediately familiar tale – all the essential elements of the classic board game. Mr Green, Mrs Peacock, Mrs White and the whole gang are out in force, while additional symbols include pipes, wrenches, daggers and playing card values. It’s the CLUEDO logo that’s the highest-value during normal play, which for five in a row will net you a devilish 500 times your bet.

Special features come thick and fast with CLUEDO Spinning Detectives and take a short while to get used to. There are Room Reel sets positioned behind the main set of reels, for one thing. Should any of the Room symbols appear on the main reels, the Room Reels sets will be triggered. As in, the room will move to the centre reel and replace the main set of symbols.

Keeping up so far?

After this, you’ll get a free spin on the Room Reel set you triggered – each of the room symbols being worth a 1X wager payout – the Conservatory symbol appears on the first reel, Billiard Room on the second reel, Library on the third reel, Kitchen on the fourth reel and the Dining Room on the fifth reel. You can also win a jackpot for each of the rooms, which happens if you’re lucky enough to land five magnifying glass scatter symbols. With the one free spin you’re given, the potential features that can open up are as follows:

  • Conservatory feature – Gold White, Gold Peacock and Gold Green symbols replace the usual Mrs White, Mrs Peacock and Mr Green symbols respectively.
  • Billiard Room feature – A feature packed with wilds. Land a White Ball wild on the third reel and anywhere from two to a full dozen Orange, Blue, Purple, Red and Yellow Ball wilds will be fired out across the rest of the reels.
  • Library feature – At least one or even two reels will be turned fully wild in this feature, where the Book Wild takes the place of all other symbols apart from the envelope and magnifying glass.
  • Kitchen feature – Up to 15 Knife Wilds make their way onto the reels in random positions, which can stand in for any symbols with the exceptions of the envelope and magnifying glass.
  • Dining Room feature – Anywhere from two to five reels will be turned wild, while the Poison Wild symbol can be used to replace any symbols apart from the envelope and magnifying glass.

Still not enough? Well, there’s also the Free Spins Bonus feature to play for, which can be accessed by hitting three of the Mansion scatter symbols on the first, third and fifth reels. You’ll be rewarded with 7 free spins and be transported to the Conservatory Room set of reels, meaning the added bonus of Gold character symbols.

If you happen to land an Envelope wild on the fifth reel while in the Conservatory, Library or Billiard Room, you’ll be given the chance to choose 2 Secret Clue cards for a reward – progress through the rooms or take a free spin. If you land the same symbol on the same reel in the Kitchen, you’ll get the same pick of 2 cards with the same prizes on offer. When you get to the Dining Room, you’ll be able to spin for a prize worth 10x your bet. And given the fact that up to five reels can be turned wild in the dining room, you’re in with a good chance of taking home something!

Last but not least comes the Spinning Detectives Bonus feature. Land 3 scatter symbols on the first, second and third reels and you’ll be given the chance to select 7 cards, which just like the classic game hide rooms, weapons and suspects, along with multipliers and the Master Slot Detective. As for what they all mean, Room, Weapon and Suspect cards are worth up to 3X your bet, while the Master Slot Detective is worth 5X. If you pick all Room, Weapon or Suspect cards of the same colour, you get three more picks. If you pick both of the 2X multipliers, you’ll get a 4X multiplier on your stake. And if you hit the jackpot and solve the mystery, you’ll be looking at 60X your bet!

If all of the above sounds complicated…well, that’s because when spelled out on paper, it is! However, when you get going with CLUEDO Spinning Detectives for real, it’s surprisingly easy to pick up. And when you do, you’ll appreciate just how feature-rich it is. Just like the classic board game, CLUEDO Spinning Detectives is an awesome slot to take your time with and enjoy!






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