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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

477 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.

A must-have for any family game night!

 on August 1, 2017
By Kevin
This game is incredible! Great fun for just about any group, including various ages, gamers and non-gamers alike. People who don’t have the patience to learn a new game will fall in love with Codenames! Super fast to learn, and fun for everyone to join in without individual competitiveness. The one consistent comment that the clue givers invariably utter is “I can’t link these words at all!”. Yet, when they put their mind to it, they ultimately do! Want your team to guess “Penguin”, “Himalayas” and “War”? Give the clue “Cold, 3”! Just be careful – if “Sick” happens to be another card on the board, will they choose that before they think of “War”? That’s the challenge – give a clue that leads your team to YOUR words, and only your words!

Easy to learn, great for learning about your friends/family

 on February 27, 2017
By R. Earle
This is a great game to play with people you think have a similar thought process to yours. It can also be fun to see if you can get inside your team mates’ heads if you don’t know them that well. My best friend that I’ve known for ten years now used “aircraft” as a clue. Three cards. “Jet”, obviously, “Zeppelin”, of course, and then one more. It was “Duck”. He knew, I knew, We knew. We won that game.

Great game, questionable provider

 on May 11, 2017
By Tyler P.
I would give the game itself 5 stars, as it is extremely fun, adaptable, and a great combination of easy to learn and difficult to master. The provider, on the other hand, I would only give 3 stars, as the box and some of the contents arrived seriously damaged. The package itself was fine, so there doesn’t appear to be any mishandling, but the box was crushed, cracked, and bent, and the plastic hourglass with sand in it on the inside was clearly battered and used. All of the cards and other contents were pristine, but it seems they just tossed a very badly damaged hourglass inside. I never use it during play, and so it’s not a total dealbreaker for me personally, but it’s obviously not ideal for a product I paid for.

A must in every collection!

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 on August 1, 2016
By Matt
This is the second time I am buying this game and this time as a gift. This is easily a friends and family favorite. The amount of fun I have had with this game is incomparable since we enjoy word association games such as scattegories. That being said, it is not for everyone. If the “spymaster” suffers from analysis paralysis, the game can get long and boring (we do not use the timer to rush the turns). I find that switching the spymaster out the next game makes me fall in love with the game over again. I have not met a single person who does not like this game, but there are some people who do not like being the spymaster.

This game is a lot of fun. I played the first round as the spy …

One person found this helpful.
 on December 29, 2016
By Jessica A.
This game is a lot of fun. I played the first round as the spy master for both teams and it was an extremely challenging task. We had to constantly refer to the rules as we went through it to make sure it was being played correctly. Once you have the concept and rules down it get quite exciting. I also enjoyed listening to the teams try and guess the correct words based off of the clue, to listen to them thinking out loud some of the answers. Definitely a winner.

Perfect Team game for Game Night.

 on April 12, 2016
By Desiree Dee
A friend brought this game over for our weekly game night.

Straight-up excellent

49 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 for the whole family!

 on April 19, 2016
By M. Chang
This is a FANTASTIC game for a wide range of people. I will preface this review by saying that my family is hardcore about board games and we read reviews on boardgamegeek.com before deciding which new games to purchase (some of our favorites are Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride – Europe, Dominion, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, and Boggle). This game can be played collaboratively or competitively, which is a nice option to have, and is very easy for a newcomer to pick up. It’s fun even if people are flying at completely different levels of vocabulary who are playing since all you really need is to give your partner a clue he/she understands and all of the word cards are incredibly simplistic (but also tend to have more than one definition of the word, which adds complexity and fun to the game). My family adores this game, as have the friends we have introduced to it!

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