Should I Play Codenames: Duet?

Is Codenames: Duet fun to play?
Codenames: Duet

Players: 2 – 2 players | Game Duration 15 – 30 mins |
Min. Age 11+ | Game complexity: EASY Genre: Card Games, Deduction, Spies, Word Game
Solo game mode: No | Co-op: Yes |
Online Version: No

What is Codenames: Duet about?

Codenames Duet is a cooperative word game for 2 players. The goal of the game is to identify all the secret agents before time runs out. Each player takes on the role of a spy master, who knows the identities and locations of the agents, but can only give one-word clues to their partner to help them guess correctly.

The twist is that the agents are represented by words on a grid, and some words may overlap with multiple agents. This adds an element of strategy and challenge to the game, as players must carefully navigate their clues in order to avoid accidentally revealing enemy agents or bystanders (words that result in you losing).

Game Mechanics: What You Can Expect

Players take turns giving each other clues, with a limited number of guesses allowed each round. The game comes with 400 word cards, providing endless combinations and possibilities for each playthrough.

One of the best parts about Codenames Duet is its replayability factor. No two games are ever the same, thanks to the randomization of the word cards and the ever-changing dynamics between players. Plus, with a 15-minute playtime, it’s the perfect quick game.

What Makes it Fun

Aside from the obvious – solving puzzles and working together with a partner – Codenames Duet has a way of bringing out the competitive spirit in players. The rush of trying to beat the clock and come up with the perfect clue is exhilarating.

But what truly makes this game fun is the inevitable laughter and inside jokes that arise from interpreting each other’s clues. 

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Awards Won by Codenames: Duet

2019 GEEKS d’OURO Best Family/Party Board Game of the Year Winner
2018 Origins Awards Best Family Game Nominee
2018 Japan Boardgame Prize U-more Award Winner
2018 Japan Boardgame Prize U-more Award Nominee
2018 International Gamers Award – General Strategy: Two-players Nominee
2018 International Gamers Award – General Strategy: Two-player Winner
2017 Meeples’ Choice Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Best Cooperative Game Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Winner
2017 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Nominee
2017 Board Game Quest Awards Best Two Player Game Nominee

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