Crosstalk by Nauvoo Games, is a party game of “subtle conversation”, where every word matters. Similar in nature to other popular party games like; Concept, Codenames, and Pictionary. However, Crosstalk has its own unique flare that sets it apart from the others.
The objective of Crosstalk is for players to successfully guess the secret keywords that are known only by each teams clue-giver. To play, teams take turns guessing what they believe the keywords might be. The catch is each team can only guess after the clue-giver of the opposite team gives a clue. There are two types of clues that the clue-givers can give, private clues and public clues. Private clues are only given at the start of each round and only to the clue-giver’s team mates. Public clues however, are seen by both teams. Games are divided into a series of rounds, each round the players will receive one private clue and up to five public clues per team. With the game ending when one team scores a total of five rounds. The trick is for the clue-giver to plan out their public clues to work well with the private clue that is known only by their team.
At first look, I thought the game might be a rehash of so many other party games that are already played at many game nights. But, Crosstalk has a style all its own, with the unique and interesting play mechanic of having both public and private clues. This game is great for playing with people of all ages and levels of gaming experience. The playtime says thirty minutes, but while playing we tend to have so much fun that we just keep playing! The game play is very well balanced, and all the game components are of high quality. I would recommend this game to anyone looking for a new game to play at their next get together or game night. I believe Crosstalk is going to be the next big party game!
Ages: 10 and up
Playtime: 30 Minutes
Players: 4 to 8+
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