Last weekend I drove 9 hours from North Carolina to Ohio to visit my best friend and her husband and their new baby. We planned the trip a couple of months ago, and I’d really been looking forward it since I hadn’t seen them since the holidays and I couldn’t wait to meet the new addition to the family!
I knew I was going to be trying out a new adults-only board game, Codenames: Deep Undercover, so I packed it in my suitcase to bring with me for the visit.
See, my friends and I are the kind of people whose best memories together are from nights where we stay in, drink beer, and play games. Case in point:
We’re game people, through and through.
So I get to Ohio after the looooong drive and excitedly pull out Codenames so we can kick off our board game night. I unwrap the box, pull out the instructions, and — *record scratch* — REQUIRES AT LEAST FOUR PEOPLE. Yeah. I’m an idiot.
We still had tons of fun that weekend, but the fun looked more like this:
Luckily, I was able to convince my family to play the game with me when I got back home to NC after my trip! Codenames: Deep Undercover is the mature spin-off of the popular and family friendly game Codenames. Codenames is a spy game, where players work together with their teammates to locate words using only one-word clues.
Here I am setting up the game — I’m laying out a grid of word cards, which (look closely) includes some adults-only vocab!
Once the grid is laid out, the two Spymasters who are sitting across from their teammates, the field operatives, take turns giving one word clues to help their teammates guess a word card. A correct guess means that word card gets covered in a marker in that team’s color, and each team gets to keep going until they get one wrong.
Now, my family turned out to be really good at this game, and it was easy for one team to just keep clue-ing and guessing and win in one turn. To make this more challenging, we think next time we’ll use a timer to limit each team’s turn to 60 seconds and that should eliminate the possibility of a one turn sweep.
Even though my plan to play this game with my friends in Ohio didn’t pan out, I still got to have a fun game night with the fam! I’d recommend this game if you like word games and games that require a bit of teamwork, and would definitely suggest the addition of a timer for each round to turn up the heat a bit.
If you want to get your sleuth on with Codenames: Deep Undercover, you can click here to purchase!
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