★★★★★ HUES and CUES: You say “potato” I say “that’s not the color of a potato!”


Check out this game if: You want a game that is more like a fun activity than a strategy or puzzle game.

This game stands out because: You might think the Smurfs are a specific shade of purple, your wrong, but your friend might strangely agree. This game is full of fun coincidences and mistakes. You will laugh.

1. Quick to set up and quick to teach.
2. Nearly everyone can play this game.* 
3. It’s fun when other players think similarly to you, but it’s even more fun to see everyone thinking completely different.
4. Although there are points and a winner, this game doesn’t feel competitive.
5. No down time. Everyone is playing on every turn, either giving clues or guessing.
6. It’s a lot of fun.

1. I think it’s possible to play this game too much with the same group and learn each others palettes. 
2. One player could get so many points it’s nearly impossible for others to catch up.

Brief Overview:

Every player gets a score marker and matching guess pieces. 

On a players turn, they draw a card that will give them 4 specific colors to choose from. They pick one and then give a one word clue to the other players. 

If someone guesses it exactly right, they get three points, guessing one space away earns two points, and guessing three spaces away earns you one point. The clue giver gets one point for every guess that is correct or one space away.

Play one or two rounds, depending on your player count. 


There is only one version of this game, but there are similar games that use words instead of colors. Codenames, Say Anything, and Banned Words (to name just a few).

Teaching Advice:

Show one example of how you give a clue, guess, and score. Don’t overthink this one. It’s easy.

Number of Players 3-10
Age 8+
Time 30 mins
Friendly ★★★★☆
Teachable ★★★★★
Replayability ★★★☆☆
Creative Freedom ★★★★☆
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★★★
Interaction ★★★★★

Link to tutorial video on YouTube.

Link to  Hues and Cues on Amazon

*apparently people who are color-blind can play this game because even if they don’t see the difference between red and green, they can still judge colors based on the surrounding colors and shades. I’m not an expert, this is just what I’ve been told.

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