Review: Hues and Cues – fifty shades of words

How are you feeling today? Blue. Colors can describe much more than just the appearance of things around us. They can show differences, they can offer a way to knowledge and an insurmountable obstacle. But you can also compete with colors if you put them right next to each other.

And offers a unique color palette. Designer came up with the idea and saw the light of day in under the banner of and . It is now entering the European market thanks to .

The medium-sized box with its focus on colors does not hide at all, only the color rainbow has shrunk significantly, but the transitions are still elegant. Inside, a huge game plan awaits the player, measuring thirty times sixteen squares. And neither is the same. Together, this rectangle creates a gradient that permeates all colors. Players place this plan in the middle of the table.

Each player chooses a set of pieces (cone-shaped) and chooses their racing color. He will place one of the three on the scoring scale. They take all the assignment cards, shuffle them, and create a stack of tasks. On the side, he then prepares a cardboard scoring fence, which consists of four parts and creates a square.

The most colorfully dressed player starts the game and takes on the role of the puzzle sponsor. He takes the top card from the deck. There are four possible entries on each such card – coordinates and a square of color. This shade is therefore located somewhere within the entire rectangle. The player’s task now is to tell the others a one-word hint that would best describe this color. Of course, he must not use color names directly, point to real objects, but may try to copy the color with other names or any objects.

Then all players get a chance to mark their tip clockwise with a piece, ie a colored square. He tries to match the color that the client describes in words. This time, the player with the card can use this and try to come up with a two-word hint, which he will tell the players in the second phase as soon as everyone guesses for the first time. Based on the new information, players can place their second piece.

The player in the role of the sponsor then reveals the color by placing a scoring pad on the board. It has the dimensions of nine squares, so in its center will be the correct answer and coordinates mentioned on the card. And that’s when you need to give points. The player who described the color gets one point for each piece that is inside the scoring square. The tips of the others have a value of three, two or one point depending on the distance from the target point. Players mark their score on a gray scale located at the top of the board.

Another round follows, in which the next player in the line draws the card and the others bet again. The game ends when all participants take turns equally twice in the main role of the hint. The winner is the one who accumulated the most points in the sum of all rounds.

Hues and Cues is a very interesting party game that adds a unique color alternative to the classic guessing, guessing and describing with the help of imagination. It is difficult to describe a specific shade in two words, but finding one word that indicates the exact coordinate on a chessboard of several hundred positions will seem practically impossible to you at the beginning!

Color comparisons in the game have an incredibly good tendency to arouse discussion and debate among the players. This is the moment when the subjective perception of colors, which we do not have innate, manifests itself. We learn to name them only as children and we perceive them a little differently. Therefore, in a game where there is really only a slight difference in saturation or hue between the squares, this is the basis of victory or defeat.

The game has an interesting development. Even in the first guess, the order in which the players bet is important. That’s why everything is fair and the move proceeds in pretty good order, so each round has the advantage of someone else. But before the second phase of betting, the plan is already quite tight and it is not easy to decide how to get more points. But sometimes it’s the other way around, if for the first time you don’t know what color you should guess at first, then you might hit the cone a second time completely elsewhere.

We read a very nice option for children on the internet. Instead of a random draw, you can choose a dot on the plan and describe it. Of course, they do not reveal it to others, but they have complete freedom of choice, which brings the game closer to family play. Instead of eight to ten years, you will be able to move the target age to six years in this way. And this is really unseen, because the game itself is really original and different from everything else for these little players.

Players gradually improve as they learn ideas from each other, but above all they learn to recognize the nuances between all those colors. Another reason why you should want to play this news with your children.

Although the possibility of entering is the same number as the dots, so a lot, the help will eventually start to repeat. That’s why it’s good to change game groups a bit, which is, on the other hand, quite the essence of party games.

Simple rules are the basis of success in a party game. And teach this box in one minute, which makes it truly the king of friendliness. Thanks to that, it’s great, whether you pull it out at the beginning of the party or to revive it at any time during the party.

The number of laps is quite large, but they are really short, so together you can easily fit together within the thirty minutes that the box states. But the number of players is interesting, because there are really enough cones for participants. Up to ten opponents can take part in the betting, which means that it is quite crowded around the finish line. The role of the hint is suddenly popular, because gaining some points is practically guaranteed.

Hues and Cues is a game that surprised us a lot. It offers a very original way to test your sense of color and vocabulary. And he can confiscate it all very solidly, but above all, unleash the fun. And that’s exactly what you’d expect from a party game. That’s why we like Hues and Cues so much.

DesignerScott Brady
PublisherThe Op
Year Published2020
# of Players3 - 10
User Suggested # of Players Best with 10 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 players
(13 voters)
Playing Time30
Mfg Suggested Ages8 and up
User Suggested Ages5 and up
(9 voters)
Language DependenceNo necessary in-game text
(2 voters)
CategoryDeduction, Party Game
MechanicCommunication Limits, Deduction, Score-and-Reset Game, Targeted Clues, Turn Order: Progressive
FamilyMechanism: Give a Clue / Get a Clue
Primary NameHues and Cues

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Review: Hues and Cues – fifty shades of words
Final word
Hues and Cues is a game full of colorful experiences. It's fun that requires a good guess and the right eye. Players must cleverly combine words and impressions from objects with their appearance so that others are able to recognize the color accordingly. At the same time, it's still party fun that is simple and fast. Hues and Cues does everything you could expect from a party game.
Reader Rating0 Votes
+ originality
+ two rounds of betting
+ offers topics to talk to
+ short game time
+ color descriptions are not easy
- later the hints will start to repeat (there are not that many colors)
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