A game of association – Codenames!

Not a new kid in the block, board game Codenames is increasingly dominating board game nights and more. What seems like an ordinary English word description game tests partnership, and what I call ‘similar frequency’ wavelengths among friends and family! This game is good for groups of four to eight people.

Here are the items in the box – many little cards with single words on it. These words are very random and are generally not in any particular theme, map cards (aka key cards), 16 agent cards, 1 double agent card, 7 innocent bystander cards, 1 assassin card, and a timer.


To set-up, place 25-word cards on the table, in a 5 by 5 format. Split the players into two teams – red and blue, with one spymaster per team on the other side of the table. The spymaster will be given a map (key card) which plots which words their team members need to guess.

This word association game is interesting as the spymaster can only provide a single word as a clue to link as many of their words together! With each team needing to guess between 8 and 9 words per game, the time factor kicks in to see which team is able to guess all the associated words correctly first!

The game immediately ends if the assassin’s word is guessed by a team at any point of the game. Spy masters must be sure to ensure that their team members do not guess it.

Even if you aren’t a fan of board games, the novelty of the game and its team-building nature, makes Codenames a wonderful game to play with friends and family! (cue: background music in the video above during a family game just two days ago! )

Go check our codenames pictures if you are keen on being challenged further – I heard that it’s way more difficult! You can purchase Codenames here.

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