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Hues and Clues is a great little time passing game. It is not a deep, heavy Euro-game, but it is certainly fun.

A game that tests how closely you and the other players think, the board is made up of 480 coloured squares, each a slight shade lighter or darker than its neighbours a score track and grid reference (around the outside edges). When it is your turn, you draw a card that has 4 different colours on, along with their specific location on the board. You choose one of these colours and give the other players a one word clue so that they may guess the colour. This clue cannont be a basic colour (yellow, green etc.) or be the coordinates for the colour on the board ( it is quite surprising how many variants of colour names there are, and how so many people think of those colours differently)

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Once you have given your one word clue, each player puts his pawn on the colour they think you chose. Next you can give a two word clue, again following the rules for clues as in the one word clue. If the other players so choose, they can move their pawn onto a new colour. After everyone has their pawn on a final location, you put the 3-D scoring square onto the board, with your colour as the middle square.

 

Anyone who picked the right colour scores 3 points, anyone within the square, but not on the right colour scores 2 points, any pawns touching one of the 16 squares touching the scoring square scores 1 point, and finally as the clue giver you score 1 point for each pawn within the walls of the score square (so decent clues help you score). The first player to score a pre-dertermined number of points, or highest score after everyone has been the clue giver a fixed number of times is the winner.

 

Hues and Clues is very much a no go game for colour blind players, as they would (obviously) be at a massive disadvantage, also, although not a problem at our table, i think players need to share a common language, even possibly down to common dialect, as words mean different things just a county away, let alone a country away.

Overall a fun party game, time filler, one to play with the family.

-Grant

 

 

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