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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 color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. The game works very well with 4 players if you prefer to guess without help. Or you can add more players if you prefer lively discussion. There is also a cooperative variant where a single team tries to achieve the highest score they can by playing against the game itself.

Customer Reviews

A deceptively awesome game for four or six players

392 people found this helpful.
 on September 8, 2015
By ultraconsumer
I admit I wasn’t particularly excited when I saw the initial reviews and playthroughs of this game. The name/theme make it sound like a hidden role type of game a la The Resistance, but that’s really not what it is. The theme is spy-based, sure, but only to make this more interesting than a generic word game. Nothing about it besides the artwork makes you feel like you’re playing as or against a spy.

the Clue is "Awesome" — the answer is Codenames.

96 people found this helpful.
 on February 13, 2016
By Tom n Debbie Young
Everybody so far that I’ve played this game with has loved it. It plays relatively fast,and is lots of fun. It’s very similar to password. You have to play to play in teams, but if you have 4 or more people its lots of fun. We played 2 guys verses 5 girls. At first you may think that seems unfair to be so outnumbered, but the two guys were so in synch that they defeated the 5 girls almost everytime.

Straight-up excellent

48 people found this helpful.
 on September 9, 2015
By Scott Lewis
A nearly perfect game. Easy to teach, quick to play, rewards smart play, and has broad appeal. The only negatives I can mention is that some of the rules are a bit goofy the first time you explain them, but once you start playing it becomes obvious how they focus and help the game. This will be my go-to Christmas gift for anyone who is remotely a boardgamer.

Fun fun game!!!

23 people found this helpful.
 on June 2, 2016
By languagelady
Our friends brought this game on vacation with us. We fell in love and had to order it so we would have it at home!!!

but glad I did

23 people found this helpful.
 on February 1, 2016
By vwatson
Didn’t know what to expect when I got this game, but glad I did! This game is easy to learn and for all ages. This has replaced my urge and love for Taboo. The game is much more cooperative and more strategy.

Great Party Game

4 people found this helpful.
 on October 11, 2016
By Eli
One of my friends highly recommended that I get this game whenever friends come over. I never heard of it before, but I figure for $15 how bad could it be? Last weekend I opened it up and started playing with some friends, and we really enjoyed it! In fact, I can only say positive things about it. The game is interesting and very competitive. There’s little randomness involved, which I find makes games more engaging. Virtually no setup is required, so you can start playing right away. Finally, because of the gameplay there’s very little commitment. Each round takes somewhere between 5 -30 min, depending on how quick you make it. When we played, people would just come in and out if of the game if something else came up.

Good game but not worth scalper prices

48 people found this helpful.
 on October 6, 2015
A really great game that is easy to teach and play. It is a family favorite but not worth the scalper prices. The game retails for less than $20. Your patience in avoiding scalpers will be rewarded with more money in your wallet.

Defied expectations

5 people found this helpful.
 on December 14, 2016
Great game, well worth the price for hours of entertainment. I brought it to my friends one day and they played it all day! Now I am asked by people who have played this game if I had brought it with me. I honestly was skeptical at first because the game-play sounds dull, but it really works out so well. It’s simple enough, but can get mildly complex and very fun. I would recommend this for anybody who wants a good party game!

Party game that you need to think with

4 people found this helpful.
 on October 9, 2016
By Stacey Matern
This game is so fun! I’ve been wanting it for quite a while due to all of the great reviews for it. I finalky ended up purchasing it, and it’s just as fun as people say! I’ve played with 4 and 6 people. With 4, it’s a bit less nerve wracking being the word giver. But with 6 it’s nice to have someone to talk to about guessing the words. Both were fun in their own way! There is naughty version of this that is a target exclusive and I will for sure be getting that too!

Highly Recommended Party Game with a Little Bit of Strategy Hidden In It!

4 people found this helpful.
 on December 6, 2016
By Dan F. Steele
I am actually a strategy gamer and don’t usually like party games too much, but this is a party game with a little bit of strategy thrown in. Highly regarded and awarded game from 2016 or 2016. Need to have at least 6 players, I would say and generally better with an even number of players.

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