How would you describe a color? That's what you've got to do in the colorful clue game Hues and Cues. Players take turns giving one- and two-word hints to get the other players to guess a specific color on the game board. Score points based on the accuracy of the guesses.
The game is played in rounds, with one player as the cue giver each round. The cue giver draws a card and chooses one of the colors on the card to describe with cues. The letters and numbers under each color are the coordinates of the color on the game board. This comes in handy when scoring. The first cue can only be one word. Maybe if your color is a light blue, you'd say "sky". After hearing it, all other players indicate their guess by placing one of their pieces on the board. Then, the cue giver gives a two-word cue, and all other players make a second guess by placing another piece on the board.
The cue giver then reveals the color and places the scoring frame on the board so that the color on the card is in the center. The cue giver gives one point for each piece within the scoring frame. If a player guessed the color correctly, that's worth three points. Every other piece within the scoring frame is worth two points for those guessers. And each piece on a space adjacent to the outside of the scoring frame is worth one point for the guesser. Keep track of scores by moving each player's scoring piece forward on the grayscale scoring track.
Then the board is cleared, and it's the next player's turn to be cue giver.
If you have three to six players, you play until each player has been the cue giver twice. For larger groups, each person will be cue giver only once. Then, the player with the highest score wins.
This game is easy to learn how to play, though a little challenging when it comes to giving the cues. You'll get better at it the more you play the game. And we definitely think this is one you'll want to play again and again. It's great for large game nights, and it has a beautiful look.
Hues and Cues is for three to 10 players ages 8 and up.
The game includes a game board, 100 cards, 30 player pieces, a scoring frame, and rules.
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