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In Codenames, two teams face a square grid of 25 word cards. Each team has a captain, and both captains can see (via a hidden picture) which cards belong to their team, which cards are neutral, and which single card is the "assassin". On a turn, the captain gives their teammates a clue such as "Car 4". Those teammates then select cards (up to the number given) which they think the captain might have in mind for the clue (perhaps "Wheel", "Electric", "Vacation" and "Price"). Choosing a word not belonging to your team ends the turn, and choosing the "assassin" word makes you lose immediately. Assuming neither team falls to the assassin, the winner is the first team to uncover all of their own words.

Codenames is a great party or family game for 4 to 12 people.  Lends itself to playing as two teams. Various expansions are available including Codenames Disney and Codenames Marvel.

Extra Info

BGID: 178900
Category: Party Game, Word Game
Time: 15 minutes
Designer: Vlaada Chvatil
PrimaryName: Codenames
Players: 2 - 12
Year: 2015
Product Title: Codenames
Mechanics: Press Your Luck
Ages: 15 minutes
Description: Word Association, Family/Party Game
Publisher: Czech Games Edition