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Codenames Marvel

Overall Rating: 8/10

Age: 9+

GLAM Age Range: 9-Adult

Number of Players: 4-8+

Playing Time: 20 min

Publisher: Czech Games Edition

Complexity: Medium

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Quick Take: I received a free copy of this game through a program called Tryazon in exchange for hosting a game party, which ended up being both fun and informative. We played at least five times over the course of the afternoon and found that knowledge of Marvel comics played a very minimal role in your success at the game. Even if you really love the original Codenames and also are really into Marvel comics, this is a more difficult version to play. And be warned, if you're more into the Marvel movies than comics you may be out of luck here because this game is strictly based on the comics. It was still a lot of fun to play and I have to say the preteen and teenage boys of our friends were way more excited about this version than they were for the original version we played with them on another occasion. 

How to Play: You have a secret grid that only the players giving clues can see and you try to get your teammate to guess as many pictures as they can per turn by only giving them a one word clue and a number of cards it applies to. You want your teammate to guess all of your pictures before the opposing team does, and without accidentally picking the deadly assassin/Thanos picture. Game over if you do! There is both a picture side and a word side to these cards, you can pick either side to play with but when we played we did it with the picture side and mostly used the word side as a reference if we were curious about a picture. 

Variations: In the back of the rules they have suggestions for rules involving unlimited or zero clues and a couple special rules for Marvel fans. 

Similar Games To Check Out: CodenamesCodenames DuetKingdomino, 5 Minute Dungeon, Exploding Kittens, Bears vs Babies

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