Codenames Pictures Review

Codenames Pictures Review

Overall Score

9 Fun
8 Replayability
9 Player Interaction
8 Quality
8 Art & Style

Codename Pictures is a simple party game that relies on your descriptive ability to pass one-word clues to your teammates to uncover a grouping of spies without alerting opponents to the locations of their spies. It is one of the hottest party board game in existence and deserves the high marks it received in this review. It is the perfect thing for a big group, lightweight enough to not have to take too serious but complex enough to really get the conversation and laughs going. This is the Codenames Pictures review.

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Fun (9 out of 10)

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Replayability (8 out of 10)

Every game has 20 brand new cards that each have their own picture for you to interpret. There are 240 images which means you could have 12 straight games and never use the same cards. More than that, how cards pair with each other and where your spies are versus your opponents matters. You could use the exact same cards but how you need to group them and avoid the double agent changes ever time. So we established the options for different games are plentiful, but what really gets this high marks is that games are quick and you want to keep going.

Player Interaction (9 out of 10)

The entire game is player interaction, and it is on so many different levels. You are interacting with your teammates but you are also interacting with your opponents on every move. Everything everyone says has to play off of everyone in the game. By that I mean that you have to be in sync with your teammates, but also simultaneously push away your opponents and with only one word. As far as player interaction goes, you do not get much more than Codenames.

Quality (8 out of 10)

The game is simple to learn but hard to master and that is a marque quality of good quality. It has so many levels and possible outcomes. It is no wonder it has spawned so many sequels, the rules and objectives have been masterfully crafted. Besides that, the pieces are well made and incredibly well thought out.

Art & Style (8 out of 10)

The theme is fun cartoonish spy. The backstory is delightful and accessible for all players of ages. You are a spy and you need to make contact with your operatives in the field without running into your opponents’ spies. It is simple and non-threatening but exciting and suspenseful. The theme is consistent throughout.

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When you think party games, some games that might come to mind are Pictionary, Taboo or Cards Against Humanity. These are games that give a group the tools to have fun with one another. Codenames is another one of those games and deserves to be on the top of those lists. Huge recommend. We hope this Codenames Pictures review has been helpful.

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