Codenames is a fun yet challenging word game that works well in groups of up to 8 or more players. On the face of it, it is a simple game yet it offers challenging gameplay and lots of entertainment.
Teams compete to make contact with their secret agents based on clues given to them by their teams spymaster. The one word clues can point to multiple words on the board so the teammates must be careful to guess words of the right colour while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And, of course, everyone wants to avoid the assassin…
Codenames was crowned the 2016 game of the year at the prestigious Spiel des Jahres awards in Germany. It is also rated the number 1 party game on Board Game Geek.
Players: 2 – 8
Game time: 15min
Run your imagination in the wildest word associations!
Simple premise and challenging gameplay with hours of fun to remember! That’s Codenames – a fast paced party game that’s sure to keep the whole group entertained, great for families, friends, and total strangers alike.
Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. To win the game, your team will need to contact all of your agents in the field before the other team finds their own agents. And watch out for the assassin – meet him in the field and your team is done!
Codenames is simple to explain and easy to understand, with no limit to size of the teams – you can play in four people as well as in twelve!
Enhance your board game experience with the gadget!
Codenames Gadget is a companion app for Codenames that provides a random key card generator and timer with voiceover ale
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There’s more than just one game!
No matter if you’re more into competitive play or prefer cooperating on one team, or if you’re better with words or images, we have just the right version to satiate all of your needs.
Codenames is a social word game with a simple premise and challenging game play. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table. Their teammates try to guess words of their colour while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. The game works very well with four players if you prefer to guess without help. Or you can add more players if you prefer lively discussion. There is also a co-operative variant where a single team tries to achieve the highest score they can by playing against the game itself.
- 16 agent cards in two colours
- 1 double agent card
- 7 innocent bystander cards
- 1 assassin card
- 40 key cards
- 1 rulebook
- 1 card stand
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