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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

 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.

A Review For 2 Player Games

 on September 13, 2016
By Buffy
This review is specifically for those thinking of playing it as a two player game. Codenames is a clue giving and partner solving game where the clue giver will say a word and a number. For example: animal, three. Laid out will be twenty five cards with secret agent codenames written on them. In my example I am indicating that there are three codenames related to the word animal. Hopefully my partner will guess which three cards/codenames they are. 12 of the cards/codenames are designated for the red team. 12 for the blue. And 1 for the assassin. If your partner picks the card that is associated with the assassin the game ends immediately. In a two player game there is no other team. So you and your partner pick which team you will be (blue or red). You then get 8 turns to try and “beat” the game. To make the game harder you could make the number of turns you get lower. The game is still enjoyable as a 2 player game, but it is more fun when playing against another team of investigators. I would guess that expansion cards will come since if you play enough you will start cycling through the same codenames/cards. For a 2 player game I would recommend this.

It’s a fantastic party game because it can be taught in under …

 on August 6, 2017
By kccayson
Codenames really is genius in it’s simplicity. It’s a fantastic party game because it can be taught in under 5 minutes and provides a ton of fun. It has definitely been a hit in my gaming group and with my family over the holidays.

Omg obsessed with this game!

 on January 26, 2018
By StephanieGA
This is the new “cards against humanity” game at my house in terms of its popularity. Every party I host turns into a codenames night.

My new favorite game!

 on January 6, 2018
By Mary Cait Hogan
I LOVE this game. A friend told me about it, and it was a little hard for her to explain, but I was intrigued– then I read the instructions when I received it and all became clear! In fact, I have read the instructions a bunch of times because they are so enjoyable and easy to read (and I’m usually the type to begin reading the instructions, get bored, and just attempt to play and figure it out as I go).

The hit of Christmas!

 on December 27, 2017
By Em K.
Gifted this for Christmas and it was the first game we played after opening several others. We really like it! It’s a great game that can be played with a large variety of people which we like for our family of 9 that ranges in age from 8 to 60. It’s nice because the kids can play (on the guessing side) too. We like it because it goes fast (15 minutes or less) and has just the right amount of strategy without being overly complicated. I recommend just YouTubing the instructional video and then playing your first round, it’s quick to learn. One thing I noticed is it’s very easy to “table talk” in this game so we did have to institute a silent rule hah! But maybe that’s just us. But if you’re wanted an animated party word game, this isn’t the one. Another thing I really like is that even after you go through all the words, it will never get old because they’ll be paired with different words every time. Looking forward to playing this again and maybe even buying my own copy.

Fun fun game!!!

 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!!!

Very fun. Even the little ones can play and I …

 on November 28, 2017
By Lyndsey
My family wasn’t too sure about this game when I showed it to them but they quickly changed their mind. Soon they were recruiting players in from other rooms! The last thing said at Thanksgiving is that everyone is playing on Christmas! Very fun. Even the little ones can play and I believe they would learn some good thinking skills while they do. And with all the options, I can’t imagine you’d ever play the same game twice.

They love playing it and said that it’s a fast game …

 on December 26, 2017
By P. Ericksen
I bought this for my sister’s family and unfortunately found out they already had not only 1 but 2 copies of it! They love playing it and said that it’s a fast game that you can play many times in a row and a great way to get to know people better.

Tough game but loads of fun and replayability

 on March 1, 2016
By M. Johnson
Codenames plays as a team based spy themed game where you have to think of a single word clue that can distinguish as many of your teams cards as possible. Unlike fast paced games like Taboo, this allows you to think and plan out what word or association will drive your team in the right direction while avoiding the other team’s cards and making sure they never guess the one assassin card (instant lose card).

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