Close search results
:
Layout - grid Layout - list

20 Great Games Like Codenames

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Codenames and have found the following:

Codenames is a team communication game where you play two competing spy networks. One player in each team gives clues to help them find the cards that are their agents without hitting the assassin. It's a novel combination of push-your-luck, clue giving and instinct that works for all ages.

Unfortunately, Codenames is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2015

Genres: Collecting, Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Cards

Players: 2-12

Costs: Purchase cost

15 Hand Picked Board Games Like Codenames

These are our hand-picked Board Game games similar to Codenames. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Codenames. These selections also include Board Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

The Mind

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2018

Genres: Brain Game, Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Accessibility: 27 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Wolfgang Warsch (@WolfgangWarsch)

Players: You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room

The Mind is a cooperative sequence card game with a telepathic twist. Each card has a single number on it. Your task is to play them in order, lowest first. However, you are not allowed to communicate physically or verbally to co-ordinate who plays...

Perudo

Skill Rating: 8-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1989, updated in 1992

Genres: Brain Game, Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Dice

Developer: Perudo HQ (@PerudoHQ)

Players: You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room

Perudo (Liars Dice) is a dice game of pushing-your-luck and communication. Each player roles five dice under a cup but can only see their own before making a bid on how many dice of a certain number there are in total. It's clever because you can't...

Herd Mentality

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Genres: Communication

Pieces: Cards, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Developer: Big Potato Games (@BigPotatoGames)

Players: You can play with 4 to 20 players in the same room

Herd Mentality is a communication game where players aim to score points by sharing the same ideas as others. One person reads out a question, then everyone secretly writes an answer trying to match the most popular answer. It's unusual because winning...

Dixit

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2008

Genres: Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Board, Cards, Figures and Tokens

Developer: Asmodee USA (@Asmodee_USA)

Players: You can play with 3 to 6 players in the same room

Dixit is a communication game where you guess which Picture cards related to someone's clue. Each round you each pick a card to match the Storyteller player's clue and then try and guess which one was the Storytellers. It's clever because of the scoring...

Just One

Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2018

Genres: Brain Game, Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Cards and Pen and Pad

Developer: Repos Production (@ReposProduction)

Players: You can play with 3 to 7 players in the same room

Just One is a communication party game where you guess words based on one word clues from the group. You work together to help the guesser by writing one word clues on the wipeable easels. Unusually, if the clues are the same they are removed before the...

So Clover!

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2021

Genres: Brain Game, Communication, Creative and Puzzle

Pieces: Board and Cards

Developer: Repos Production (@ReposProduction)

Players: You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room

So Clover! is a cooperative word-association brain game. It uses a plastic Clover centrepiece that holds four cards in a square with two words on each edge. Each player writes a linking clue word to the word-pairs on the plastic Clover that the others...

Hanabi

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2010

Genres: Collecting, Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Players: You can play with 2 to 5 players in the same room

Hanabi is a cooperative game where you create a firework show by placing the cards in the right order. Your goal is to organise all the suits of cards in ascending order like Solitaire. The twist is that only other players can see your cards and you...

Love Letter

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2012, updated in 2019

Genres: Battle, Collecting, Communication, Push-Your-Luck and Sequencing

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Developer: Z Man Games (@ZManGames_)

Players: You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room

Love Letter is a push-your-luck card game about winning the princesses affection. You use cards with different abilities to knock out the other suiters. With a small number of cards and characters, it's as much about gaining information about what other...

That's Not Lemonade

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/12/2018

Genres: Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Cards and Placeables

Developer: Play TKG (@PlayTKG)

Players: You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room

That's Not Lemonade is a push-your-luck card game where you aim to be the last person to "drink" something that isn't lemonade. You take cards hoping to accrue the most Ice or Lemonade, but if you push things too far you are out. This means you play the...

Coup

Skill Rating: 10-13 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2012

Genres: Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Developer: IBC Games (@IBCGames)

Players: You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room

Coup is a communication game where you fight to become the only player left with political influence. You play by taking on the roles of five different powerful (uniquely skilled) government officials to become the last politician standing. It is a game...

Pictionary Air

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Brain Game, Communication and Creative

Pieces: Cards and Pen and Pad

Developer: Mattel (@Mattel)

Players: You can play with 3 to 12 players in the same room

Pictionary Air is a party game where teams compete to guess the most words on a card using just their drawing abilities. Unlike the classic game, you use a light pen to draw pictures in the air, which are displayed on a screen. It sounds like an over...

Pictures

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Genres: Communication and Creative

Pieces: Bag, Cards, Placeables and Score Board

Developer: Rio Grande Games (@RioGrandeGames)

Players: You can play with 3 to 5 players in the same room

Pictures is a puzzle game about recreating pictures with everyday objects. You are assigned a picture from a grid of cards on the table and given a set of materials (cubes, sticks and stones, cards) to make it with. How well you do is determined by how...

Space Team

Skill Rating: 8-13 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2015

Genres: Action, Brain Game, Collecting and Communication

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Stlr Fctry (@StlrFctry)

Players: You can play with 3 to 6 players in the same room

Spaceteam is a fast, cooperative communication game where you race to repair your malfunctioning spaceship. You have Malfunction cards that require you to work together to match tools to problems. It's a team game where you have fun while shouting...

Spyfall

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2014

Genres: Communication and Push-Your-Luck

Players: You can play with 3 to 8 players in the same room

Spyfall is a communication party game where you try and tell who is a spy by giving subtle clues to the innocent players location. All of you know what the location is apart from the spy. It's clever because you have to share enough information to test...

Top Ten

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Genres: Brain Game, Communication and Creative

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Cocktail Games (@CocktailGames)

Players: You can play with 4 to 9 players in the same room

Top Ten is a communication game where you have to match other player's answers to silly questions on a scale of 1-10 scale. You play by reading a question, then giving answers you hope the guesser can put in the right order to match your number. It is...

4 Similar Video Games to Codenames

These are our hand-picked similar video games to the Codenames board game. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Labyrinth. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

2 Board Games Like Codenames Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Codenames. This includes games from the Collecting, Communication and Push-Your-Luck genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

12 Easier Board Games than Codenames

If you like the sound of Codenames but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

Codenames is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Codenames in the following lists:

Family Board Games

Here are our favourite family board games to play together. These offer a chance for players of all ages to gather round a table to talk, laugh, eat and compete. We will be adding to this list over the coming weeks.
 

Spiel des Jahres Games of the Years

The Spiel des Jahres is a prestigious and longstanding award for board and card games. As you may have guessed, the name is German and means Game of the Year. It's been going since 1978 with the purpose of rewarding family-friendly game design, and promoting excellent games in the German market.

It's a really useful way of finding some amazing games for your family, whether they are new or released many years ago. They include awards in the following categories that increase in complexity:
  • Children's Game of the Year
  • Game of the Year
  • Connoisseur Game of the Year

 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

Subscribe to our free newsletter

Subscribe
PlayStation
Carina Initiatives
Xbox
YouTube
Facebook
Twitter
Discord
Contact Us
About