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Board Game Collection: Codenames

A guide to information about the University of Idaho's board game collection and the the games that are a part of it


Codenames box cover art

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.

chart indicating that Codenames requires 2-8 players, plays in 15 minutes, features spy, party game, and deduction themes, and offers memory, pattern recognition, and press your luck mechanics


How to play Video

Rules of play PDF