Scott’s Toy Box: February Finds
February is here and I’ve got some great games for you.
Hues and Cues
This board game is all about guessing colors. One player called the Cue Giver draws a card and picks one of the colors on it. Then they give a one-word cue to get the other players to pick the right color on the board. After the other players pick, the Cue Giver can offer a two-word cue to give players another chance to pick. Cue givers get points for everyone who is adjacent to the color chosen, and players get point based on how close they are to it. Cues can be any word except words that refer to the placement on the board, refer to an object in the room, or basic color names (red, yellow, blue) but you can refer to abstract colors’ names (golden, lavender, chartreuse). The game ends when each player has been the Cue Giver once or twice depending on the number of players. This game is great for anyone who loves color.
$25 | Target
Star Trek Voyager Fluxx
A new edition of the game where the rules constantly change has come out for Star Trek fans. If you’ve never played Fluxx before, it’s a simple game where you start with the rules, draw one card and play one card. As cards get played, the rules will change. A goal (to win) will be placed (and will also change), and keepers will be placed in front of players to achieve whatever the current goal is. If you’ve only played the original game of Fluxx, there are a few new cards to learn. In this game there are creeper cards that are placed just like keepers, however these will keep players from winning, unless the creeper is included in the goal. There are also surprise cards that have different instructions depending on if the card is played during the player’s turn or if the player plays it out of turn. Keepers also have special icons that give them certain identities as Starfleet Officer or Equipment that will effect them anytime another card effects those icons. Fluxx is one of the best card games I’ve ever played. It’s easy to pick up and learn and there are several different editions of the game so you can find a Fluxx game that is tailored to your interests.
$20 | LooneyLabs.com
A fun game of counting and ice cream, Conezilla is a race to get the first ice cream cone with 10 scoops. Each cone starts with a scoop on it with the number one. All the other scoops are placed in the middle with their number (2-49) hidden. In turn, players will pick a scoop and turn it over to see what number is on the scoop. The player can either add it to their cone or place it back where it was. The numbers of the cone must go in ascending order so players can only add scoops as long as the number is larger than the number on top of the cone. The game ends when the first player has 10 scoops on their cone (including the number 1 scoop). If for some reason no players can get 10 scoops on their cone, the winner is the player with the most scoops on their cone.
$15 | Amazon