Hues & Cues - Preview

Author: Cameron Art

Hues & Cues

Player Count: 3 - 10 Players

Playing Time: 30 Minutes

Designer: Scott Brady

Publisher: The Op

Year Published: 2020


How well can you describe a color hue without using a primary color's name?

In Hues & Cues, up to 10 players can compete to give the best clues about hues... And that's really all there is to it! Players will go round and round taking turns describing specific hues with just 1 and 2-word clues in attempt to get the other players to guess as close as they can on a huge board showing the color spectrum.

Game Play

Hues & Cues is a party game, consisting of just a deck of colorful cards, a colorful game board, colorful player tokens, and a scoring aid. Setup is quick: Pick one player to be the first player, place 1 of each player's player token on the scoring track and get ready to play!

On your turn, you will draw a card from the deck and choose one of the 4 hues shown to give a 1--word clue about. That clue can be almost anything that you want it to be... with a few key exceptions:

- You are not allowed to name a specific color (Red, Green, etc...)

- Things in the room are off limits (You can't point to something and say "It's that color!")

This may seem very simple, but I can assure you it isn't! What color do you think of when I say "Apple"? Green? Red? What do you do when there are 20 different greenish spaces and 20 different reddish spaces to choose from? Is this apple a nice light green Granny Smith or a rich red Gala?

Every other player will then, one by one, guess what hue you are trying to clue them into by placing one of their tokens onto one of the colored spaces on the board. There are a LOT of options to choose from, so don't be surprised if people have to mull over their decision for awhile!

At this point, you have a decision to make. If you did well and people were able to guess close to the right hue, you can stop and reveal the answer. Or, you can give another clue (this time, 2 words!) to try and get some better guesses. The decision of what clue to give and whether to give a second clue is an important one! If not enough people people guess close to the right answer, you may find yourself not scoring any points! But if too many people guess close to the correct answer, everyone else may end up with more points than you!

Once you have either passed on giving a second or you have given a second clue and held a second round of guesses, you then reveal the color you chose by placing the handy scoring guide onto the board:

You will then gain 1 point for every player within 1 space of the correct color and 2 points if any player guessed spot-on. Every one else also scores points for there guesses: 1 point if they are within 2 spaces, 2 points if they are within 1 space and 3 points if they are spot-on.

Play continues until everyone has given two clues and then whoever has the most points wins!

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of party games out there, but the premise and gameplay of Hues & Cues definitely sets it apart from the crowd in a good way. I think you'll enjoy this game....

- If you like light-hearted party games that can you can play with small or large groups of people

- If you enjoy tricky and clever clue-giving games

- If you're interested in playing a game all about colors

- If you enjoy similar clue-giving style party games and creative-thinking style games like Codenames, Just One and Dixit

Hues & Cues is a great new addition to the clue-giving genre of party games. For fans of party games, this is an excellent one to add your collection.

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Disclaimer: A free copy of Hues & Cues was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest preview. All opinions written above are entirely my own.