Codenames in Essen


After the official game release in Gen Con 2015, Codenames by CGE is available for Essen Spiel pre-order.

As Spiel in Essen 2015 is getting closer, CGE has opened the pre-orders for those who want to make sure they won't miss out on the new games. Probably the most anticipated game for this year by the company, is the new title by hit designer Vlaada Chvatil, Codenames.

Codenames is a social word game with a simple premise and challenging game play.

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 table. Their teammates try to guess words of their color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.

The game works very well with 4 players if you prefer to guess without help. Or you can add more players if you prefer lively discussion. There is also a cooperative variant where a single team tries to achieve the highest score they can by playing against the game itself.

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