The US Hasbro website has removed Clue Grab & Go from its website, leaving the standard game for $9.99 as the only corporate offering. The Grab & Go game series (MSRP $4.99) is still available for other popular games like Trouble and Monopoly. And Clue G&G is still available on other foreign sites.Murder by Death wrote: ↑Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:30 amHere’s something interesting. Looks like Mystery Game, along with all the rest have ended up on Hasbro’s official Latin American website, alongside regular Clue games.
https://shop.hasbro.com/es-lam/product/ ... 608AEAD2D3
I also thought it was interesting to put the $5 price tag into context against Hasbro’s current retail offerings. Basically, the Grab & Go game is the same game at the same price, and essentially a nicer edition, with everything in a plastic carrying case. The standard game is only $4.99 more. It’s almost as if Hasbro is exploiting its less affluent customers by maximizing profits at their expense while offering them even less than the equivalent Clue branded product sold by higher-end retailers.
https://www.hasbro.com/en-us/toys-games ... e%3Aclue))
I also found a listing online for a trademark registration of “Climb & Slide” dating from April 2017, which not only dates these games creation, but supports my theory that they hope to limit Chinese knock-off game’s options for competing on name recognition.
https://trademarks.justia.com/873/98/cl ... 98917.html
I’d love to do a proper patent and copyright search to see exactly what Hasbro has been filing with respect for these games. Though I think it would be a stretch to get a patent on any part of this game, it is interesting that they seem to have reduced the gameplay to the PD aspects of the original Pratt patent filing. The secret passages were added later.
So I wonder if Hasbro has an updated travel game coming with a higher MSRP, or if they intend Mystery Game to be the new budget/travel version? Unfortunately if they sell Mystery Game only in dollar stores, they’ll lose a lot of sales. Maybe they think the square box is portable enough?
If they’re going with the generics as the new budget/travel model, then I wonder if we’ll see Monopoly as the “Own It All” Game, in which case they have to be really careful since the game was ruled to be in he public domain decades ago and all they have is the brand trademark to set it apart.