I am loving being apart of the Blogger Board Game Club and receiving a new game every month. Just before Christmas we got this one to try out – Codenames.
It was one of the top games of 2017 and I can see why after playing, it was so much fun. The game is for 2 or more players and suitable for ages 10+. Saying that it’s for over 10’s, my youngest two played this too and they are 7 and 8 years old and both really loved it. In fact my 8-year-old daughter Caitlin was the best at it.
The aim of the game is to be the first team to guess your correct codename before the other team and without finding the assassin.
The game has over 200 codename cards, and you place 25 of them in rows of 5 in front of everyone. You have 2 teams, red and blue. Then one player from each team is the Spymasters and he is the one that gives clues to the code names to the other players, which they have to guess correctly.
The Spymaster can only give one worded clues, so can be quite tricky.
The spymasters place a key card in front of them, which tells you which codename belongs to which team. The beige coloured ones are just innocent bystanders and the black one is the assassin. The colour around the edge of the card tells you which team goes first. The team that goes first has 9 codenames to guess and the second team has 8. The first team to guess all their codenames first wins. But guess the assassin code name and you lose.
So for example, the blue codenames would be Court, Moscow, Rabbit, Battery, Board, Switch, Track and Skyscrapper. Now the spymaster must give a one word clue along with a number that represents how many cards the clue is for. An example for below could be – Laptop 3. Then the rest of the team get to choose up to 3 cards that they think are the correct codename cards. For Laptop – I was thinking of Battery, Switch and Board. If the team guess a codename correctly they get to place their colour card on top. If they guess wrong, they either place the other colour card or a beige card for a bystander and their turn finishes. If they get a bystander, it doesn’t really matter, if they get an opposite team player, then they have just helped them, but if they get the black assassin the games ends and the other team win.
The spymaster must be clever when picking a clue word as he doesn’t want his team to guess the assassin card or the other teams card. For example the red team may say Money 2 – wanting the team to guess Casino and Bank, but there is another card this could relate to – Millionaire, but as this is the assassin card they could lose the whole game if they said this one.
This game is such a fun party game and fun for all the family. Aaron my youngest did find it hard to play as the spymaster, but played well as the guessing side. Caitlin was really good as the spymaster and really surprised me to be honest. We played this girls versus boys and me and Caitlin won 3-2.
You can buy Codenames from Amazon
I would rate this game 9/10
You can see my other Blogger Board Game Club Reviews here
We received this game for being apart of the Blogger Board Game Club. All opinions are mine.