Game of the Month - Codenames
Game On's Game of the Month for March is Codenames! This game hit huge over the 2015 holidays and we had a hard time keeping the game in stock through Christmas due to extremely high demand, however more copies are finally streaming out of production and we've got a huge stock ready. If you haven't heard of this game or had a chance to play it - then stop in today and take a quick demo as this Game of the Month is for EVERYBODY!
When selecting out Game of the Month, we take into consideration many things and while last month's 7 Wonders Duel was a fantastic pick for February due to the couple game night it could help facilitate - Codenames was our actual first pick. The problem was supply as Codenames was just constantly out of stock through the publisher of the game. Thus, we found 7 Wonders Duel and had a great time with it all through February - I hope you had a chance to play a game of 7 Wonders Duel and if not, we've still got that demo around ready to show you. But, we must move forward and our focus this month is Codenames.
Codenames is a very simple game that we feel works great with 4 players but it can be played with 2 to 8 players. The publisher describes gameplay as -
In Codenames, two 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.
This literally explains the game completely - so much so that as soon as you see the actual card setup, it just makes sense on how to play. That means that Codenames is super easy to teach to new players so everybody can start having fun immediately. The simplicity of it really shines when players of all ages can have a great time playing. From smaller children to adults, we have found that it is a challenging and exciting experience for all age levels even when playing together. Some games that smaller children can play are boring for the parents/adults or other games for the adults can be too hard for the children to either keep up or have fun. With Codenames, as long as the child can read - they typically are able to hold their own with the adults and the game is fun for both. It's also super easy to play with strangers, even though at first glance - it feels like your teammates should be someone you know, so the word clues you give are easier to find since you are both more 'connected' to each other. Thankfully, even the best of friends can lose to two people that have never meet before as the word associations can be pretty universal. That also seems to create the challenge as many people can interpret the word clues completely differently, as the words on the board tend to have lots of chances of dual meanings.
With lots of quiet thought, uproarious laughter and tense deciding moments, Codenames keeps all players on the edge of their seat as clues are given by one of the teammates and hopefully interpreted by the other teammate correctly. This back and forth keeps the game moving fairly quickly while providing a ticking clock for each team to find more and more of thier agents per turn, which leads to extra risk. This can either end well for the team that tries to catch up quickly or turn out extremely bad, since if they find opposing agents, the opposing team jumps ahead. It is also interesting to note that no matter how far ahead your team may be, if you pick the one word on the board that is hiding the assassin, your team immediately loses the game! With an estimated 15 minute playing time, Codenames is a great warm up game for game nights, a wonderful addition to any family gathering or a hit party game with friends and family.
Codenames is a game of word clue deduction that allows players to press their luck to reverse fortunes as well as rewarding players that can memorize what each player said and what they guessed to help deduce more about the words on the board. We have had such an awesome time with this game that we'd love to share the experience with you! Stop in and take a quick demo of Codenames and then we're sure you'll want to take a copy home to play with your friends and family!
Since its english debut in September 2015, Codenames has racked up a ton of great reviews, honors and achievements. For only $19.99, this is a perfect addition to any board game collection. Let us know your thoughts in the comments and keep checking back as we'll be announcing our April game of the month the first week of April - right here at gameongames.com!