Codenames – an analysis

Task 1: Do it!

Learn the rules. Play the game. Evaluate the experience.

Task 2: Analyze it!

Game analysis

  • What challenges do you face, and how do you overcome them?
  • Is the game fair?
  • Is it replayable? Are there multiple paths to victory or optional rules that can change the experience?
  • What is the intended audience?
  • What is the core, the one thing you do over and over, and is it fun?

9 reaktioner till “Codenames – an analysis”

  1. Work as a team, we overcame them by being more clear with the clues.

    It depends on how you play, like if the clues are to obvious then it not as fair and not fun ´.

    Yes it is replayable, an optional rule is not to be obvious with clues. Yes you can win by guessing the right pictures or by the other team choosing the assassin. You could win by having the other team rage quit.

    Everybody that can see and speak can play this game.

    Give clues and guess, yeah it is pretty fun.

    Noradin, Philip, Atheer

    Gilla

  2. • What challenges do you face, and how do you overcome them?
    We face not a very hard challenge, to communicate and be creative as a team. We need to make a good explaination as possible but it’s not supposed to be too easy.
    • Is the game fair?
    I mean, it depends. If you have a better gamemaster you will win the game, so yeah it can be fair if you switch gamemaster after the round, atleast that’s what we did.
    • Is it replayable? Are there multiple paths to victory or optional rules that can change the experience?
    Yes, there is multiple paths to victory. You can make it risky and if your team connects with your instructions, you can come to big lead or lose. There is also step by step method, you can take one by one card but that’s a more worse method if you want to win quickly.
    • What is the core, the one thing you do over and over, and is it fun?
    It’s fun when the enemy team guess wrong. It’s just fun to collect more points, and when the enemy team spots the assassin you’ll have a good laugh.

    Gilla

  3. * You might struggle with clues and you overcome the problem by saying something easy
    * Its air
    * Yes, yes.
    * Teenagers and older.
    * To find your cards. The game is ok.

    Gilla

  4. What challenges do you face, and how do you overcome them?
    Atheer – We didn’t

    Is the game fair?
    Not if Atheer is in charge.

    Is it replayable? Are there multiple paths to victory or optional rules that can change the experience?
    Optional rules – exclude Atheer

    What is the intended audience?
    People who like playing with cheaters (such as Atheer)

    What is the core, the one thing you do over and over, and is it fun
    Watching Atheer cheat – not really.

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    What challenges do you face, and how do you overcome them?
    Communicating your ideas to the team was the biggest challenge. I overcame it by trying to think about what the team would think when I say a certain clue.

    Is the game fair?
    If it is played properly then the game is fair. It is possible for the spy masters to accidentally give away the card by looking at it. A spymaster could also purposely try to show the team what card it is through gesturing.

    Is it replayable? Are there multiple paths to victory or optional rules that can change the experience?
    It is still very enjoyable when replayed. You could add extra rules such as not being able to say a clue unless it applies to a minimum of 3 or 4 cards or add a time limit for the teams to decide on the card.

    What is the intended audience?
    The game would be best played by a very close group of friends – it would be very difficult for strangers to play. It can be enjoyed by all age groups.

    What is the core, the one thing you do over and over, and is it fun
    The core is to talk with your team to try decide what cards are correct, which is fun to do.

    Gilla

  5. What challenges do you face, and how do you overcome them?

    – One of the challenges in the game I faced was to avoid to get the assassinate card so that I won’t lose the game at once and sudden.

    Is the game fair ?
    -The game is fair, if players follow the rules and try not to cheat

    Is it replayable? Are there multiple paths to victory or optional rules that can change the experience?
    What is the intended audience?
    It’s replayable for a couple of times but not more than 3 times.

    What is the core, the one thing you do over and over, and is it fun
    -It’s kinda fun, I would give 6 of 10 so to speak, but if you play multiple times in a raw then I would say it’s boring and joyless vary from the digital games. This game is not only a game but a group conversation which may give you the opportunity to share talk to your friends and make connections

    Gilla

  6. I mean there wasn’t really that many things that was challenging, the rules may not have included some things that we questioned but we still got it to work.

    The game is random with the cards, when me and someone else was guessing we had 4/5 cards that had animals in them, so he could just say animal 4 and we had a 20% chance of picking the wrong card at the beginning.

    You can either win with picking the amounts of cards u have to guess or that the other team chooses the assassin so they lose instantly.

    There isn’t an intended audience i think, but people that can’t see the cards can’t really guess the card of the words they’re saying.

    The core in the game is to guess and give clues, which makes it fun when you guess wrong. For example, Leo said dance and Kim picked 2 people that proposed when there was a card with 2 people literally dancing, which we all laughed about.

    Gilla

  7. The theme of secret agents isn’t so relevant to the game but it still works well and isn’t a deciding factor whether the game is fun or not. The game is exciting, and it feels like you are taking real risks. The group I played with wanted to play over and over again, and there are so many cards in the box that there is no risk of repetition

    The only real flaw that I could come up with is that the game can stop if a spy master suffers a total brain loss and cannot come up with a single clue. But it does not have to ruin the fun, as long as you play with a fun and easy-going group. Sometimes it’s not possible to find a clue that fits in on several of the tiles that are left, so the game isn’t as exciting as picking a word that fits 2 or more tiles.

    Overall, I find that the game has found a perfect balance between fun, difficult and exciting. It also fits almost all types of players and ages and it kind of reminds me of UNO regarding the fun to difficult ratio.

    Gilla

  8. We didn’t face alot of challenges but in the beginning it was a tad bit challenging because some people whom I will not name for privacy purposes but was wearing glasses, a grey sweater, jeans and nike shoes that day did not know the rules.

    It depends on the team.

    It’s replayable because you could switch up the teams and such.

    Everyone that can understand and be able to play the game can play it.

    Give clues and guess, me and Marcus have come to an agreement that we indeed like and would recommend the game to our next door neighbour.

    Adam K, Marcus

    Gilla

  9. I had to guess amount many cards that some of them had a little bit the same clues. We where a group and we had tolanvägen discuss to witch card we have to choose.
    The game I so far fair because at the least you can find two out of three.
    The game is repayable. If at the en you loose then you have to begin a new round.
    If the team you are in plays good then you have more chance tolanvägen victory.
    The intended audience is that you guss the right card.
    The core is that winning the game, thats fun when you find the right card!

    Gilla

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