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Codenames Quick Info


Give your team clever one-word clues to help them spot their agents in the field.

Codenames game box with 2 spy-like figures saying "top secret" and "word game"



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 board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. Codenames: Win or lose, it's fun to figure out the clues. 

--description from the publisher

Time to play: # of players: Recommended Age:
clock indicating 15 minutes 2 to 8 players recommended Recommended for ages 14 and up
15 minutes 2 to 8 14+
Complexity: Player Dynamic: Skill:
                            A head with a puzzle inside piece slightly filled with blue to indicate low complexity rating 4 hands piled to indicate teamwork 2 text bubbles indicating word games
1.28 / 5 Teamwork, Light Competition Communication, Team Building, Deduction 


Codenames Additional Resources

Suggested Use:

1. Community Building

6 figures joined by a circle to indicate Community Building

2. Team Building

4 hands piled to indicate teamwork


Please refer to the books and articles listed on the Board Game: Home page for general readings regarding board game play and psychology.

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