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You play Matt Stuvysant, a man of Polish descent and criminal persuasion. You arrive in London with nothing but the clothes on your back and a desire to become the greatest criminal mind this century. Once getting a room and meeting some accomplices, you must begin your career. Starting with small shops and gradually working your way up to the theft of the Crown Jewels.

The game allows you to control almost every aspect of the crime, from choosing the target building and accomplices to actually planning the burglary itself.


The Clue! DOS This is Matt's hotel room, where he plans all his mischief and mayhem
The Clue! DOS One especially daring heist, is the robbery of Karl Marx remains for the Soviet Union!
The Clue! DOS In this game, "game over" doesn't mean the player is killed or mutilated, here Matt Stuvysant's demise leads to a life in a convent!
The Clue! DOS Preparing a "visit"

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Alternate Titles

  • "Zloděj" -- Czech title
  • "Der Clou!" -- German title

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Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Aug, 1994 11 out of 12 92
PC Joker Jun, 1994 85 out of 100 85
High Score Jun, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Jul, 1994 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) Sep, 1994 75 out of 100 75
PC Games (Germany) Jul, 1994 75 out of 100 75 Sep 14, 2001 70 out of 100 70
Play Time Jul, 1994 65 out of 100 65
Play Time Sep, 1994 48 out of 100 48
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 1994 43 out of 100 43


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Freeware release

The original German version of the game, called Der Clou!, can be downloaded for free from developer Neo's company website. The add-on Profidisk is also available. Be warned, however, as it's rather difficult to get the DOS-only game to run on modern machines. Detailed instructions on this topic can be found on the website, too.

In addition to having been released into the public domain, The Clue! has also become open source. The complete source code can be found on the company website and on the project's SourceForge page.


While visiting the car dealer, a picture of actor Humphrey Bogart is hanging on the wall in the background.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Genre Mix in 1994 (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by John David Karlgren and Zack Green.
Gav Powell (34) added The Clue! (DOS) on Oct 29, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (209431) and Martin Smith (66801)