Based-on the original party game hit, Codenames Duet is a standalone co-op clue giving adventure that sends you and your partner on a top secret mission to a crowded city. Your objective? Contact 15 agents while avoiding a band of enemy assassins.
You know the agents that your partner can contact safely; they know the agents you can contact safely. By giving each other one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board, you must try to find all the agents before your turns run out.
To set up play, lay out 25 word cards in a 5x5 grid. Place a key card in the holder so that each player sees one side of the card. Each player sees a 5x5 grid on the card, with nine of the Squares coloured green (representing your agents) and one square coloured black (representing an assassin). The assassin is in different places on each side of the card, and three of the nine Squares on each side are also green on the other side!
Collectively, you need to reveal all fifteen agents — without revealing either assassin or too many innocent bystanders — before time runs out in order to win the game. Either player can decide to give a one-word clue to the other player, along with a number. Whoever receives the clue places a finger on a card to identify that agent. If correct, they can attempt to identify another one. If they reveal as many as the number stated by the clue-giver, then they can take one final guess, if desired. If they identify a bystander, then their guessing time ends. If they identify an assassin, you both lose!
- Number of players: 2+
- Genre: Co-operative, Strategy, Word, Party, Family-friendly
- Playing time: 20 min
- Age: 10+
- Language requirement: English
- Contents: 15 green agent cards for co-operative play, 100 double-sided duet cards, 11 timer tokens, 1 assassin card (on no!), 1 pad of mission maps, 1 card stand, 200 cards with 400 new words (compatible with original Codenames)